Jaeden Dela Torre and Mae J. Nam, both of the NDP failed to win in yesterday’s federal election. (PCN.Com composite)
UPDATED: October 22, 2019, 8;00 PM
Hindi nagwagi ang mga Filipino politicians
By Ted Alcuitas
Mae J. Nam, Jaeden Dela Torre and Henry Hizon all failed their first attempt to win seats in yesterday’s federal election, closing the door to Parliament since Dr. Rey Pagtakhan of Winnipeg first won a seat in 1988 until his defeat in the 2004.
Labour lawyer NDP Mae J. Nam came second with 11,964 votes (21.3%) to incumbent Liberal Nathaniel Erkskine- Smith’s 32,168 votes (57.2 %).
The NDP’s Nam told The Star she knocked every day during the campaign, only taking a rest for a few days after she fell down some stairs while canvassing, spraining her ankle. She said voters told her they “really want change and were really disappointed” with the Trudeau government’s broken promises.
“The other issue I hear over and over again is how challenging and expensive life is for people … seniors can’t afford hearing aids … families are really struggling with rent and child care,” she said.
Nam, who is a lawyer, grew up poor and said she is able to understand what people are going through.
Jaeden Dela Torre, the youngest of the three, finished a far third with 6,167 votes (15 per cent) to Conservative Kenny Chiu’s 17,193. Incumbent Liberal Joe Pescholido finished second with 14,397 votes (35 per cent).
Conservatives, he said, say what they plan to do, but “Liberals will say one thing, then get into government and back off.”
Dela Torre said he’d like to see more youth involved in running for office, getting the youth voice heard.
“In the end, it’s going to be our future that we’re fighting for,” he said.
For him, the most important policy to focus on is the environment.
“We need to get serious about the environment, otherwise there will be nothing left for us,” he said.
Dela Torre said he focused his campaigning on social media, eschewing campaign signs, Burma shaving and other traditional campaign methods.
Henry Hizon of the fringe party Christian Heritage Party was no match to long-time incumbent Liberal Kevin Lamoureux who has held the seat since 2011.
Hizon had 268 votes (0.9%) to Lamoureux ‘s 14,867 votes (47.2%). The NDP came second with 8,221 votes (26.1 %). .
Despite a controversy weeks before the election over posting a picture with Duterte in his ad, Lamoureux still managed keep his seat.
South Asian politicians dominate
While Filipinos still have no representation in Parliament, there are 18 South Asian Member of Parliament elected:
1.Harjit Sajjan (Vancouver South, BC)
2. Randeep Singh Sarai (Surrey Center, BC)
3. Sukh Dhaliwal (Surrey Newton, BC)
4. Navdeep Singh Bains (Mississauga, Malton, Ontario)
5. Gagan Sikand (MIssissauga-STreetsville, Ontario)
6. Rameshwar Singh Sangha (Brampton Center, Ontario)
7. Maninder Singh Sidhu (Brampton East, Ontario)
8. Kamal Khera (Brampton West, Ontario)
9. Ruby Sahota (Brampton North, Ontario)
10. Sonia Sidhu (Sonia Sidhu)
11. Bardish Chagger (Waterloo, Ontario)
13. Raj Saini (Kitchener Center, Ontario)
Jagmeet Singh (Burnaby South)
1. Tim Singh Uppal (Edmonton-Millwoods, Alberta)
2. Jasraj Singh Hallan (Calgary McCall, Alberta)
3. Jag Sahota (Calgary Skyview, Alberta)
4. Bob Saroya (Markhan Unionville)
(Source Daily Sikh Updates)