MAYORAL CANDIDATE CLAIMS RACISM AGAINST NEWCOMERS IN TORONTO ELECTION CAMPAIGN

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Media Release

Immediate Release

 

 

Toronto –October 20, 2010

MAYORAL CANDIDATE CLAIMS RACISM AGAINST NEWCOMERS IN TORONTO ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Today, at a mayoral debate at 1515 Bathurst Street, Weizhen Tang, 52, shall stand in protest against his exclusion from mainstream media coverage of the mayoral candidates, and the debates.

“I am the best known candidate of all the mayoral and councillor candidates of Toronto.  How many others get coverage before, by all major media, like me, locally, nationally, internationally, including CNN, FOX, Wall Street Journal…” claims Tang. “But my comments on the issues of Toronto mayor’s race are ignored….  My solutions to the problems of Toronto and society, are ignored!  Is it because some Toronto media and some leaders of Toronto are racists against newcomers and ethnic Toronto Canadian citizens?

“Chinese is now second most spoken language in Toronto. As one of most famous and successful candidates for Mayor; and the only Chinese Canadian Mayoral candidate, I should be invited to debates, to interviews by mainstream media. But I am not.  So that is why I am here at this debate, with my messages of possible Toronto racism by some media and society leaders.”

Toronto Star wrote about me recently, yes,” Tang concedes. “But Toronto Star wrote that the Toronto Star reporters were the only non-Chinese media to attend my campaign launch; as if to imply that I have no other supporters?!  To imply, maybe, I am fringe candidate only?!

“But I am not fringe candidate. I am gathering mainstream Canadian and ethnic voter interest.  The Publisher, in fact, of one of the top African Canadian media groups was at my campaign launch too; and even ask me question during the media conference with the Toronto Star reporter!

“So is Toronto Star saying that I am fringe?  And that Toronto African Blacks are fringe too?!

“I have honoured to have friends and supporters of my Mayoral campaign from other ethnic communities, like Toronto’s dynamic Persian community.

“It is sad. It seems that we newcomers do NOT count as people, if we do not support the chosen candidate of the establishment and some media, like Toronto Star?”

“This is one of the things about Canada, I am seeing now.  Maybe, there is a more hidden, deep racist attitude of some Toronto media and society leaders. This is one of the reasons that I am running as Mayor of Toronto. And why, maybe, I am ignored.

“So, I stand here, to stand up, for the ethnic Toronto people and newcomers.”

To contact or arrange interviews:

Weizhen Tang

Mayoral Campaign

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