The Conservatives & the Ethnic Vote

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is under fire for allegedly using his office's resources in a bid to improve the Conservative Party's relationship with South Asian voters. We look at the strategy behind the scandal and gather a panel of South Asian activists and journalists to get their thoughts on the strategy and what it says about the Conservative Party's understanding of their communities. 


It's Wednesday, March 9th.

Jason Kenney paid the House of Commons ten dollars to cover the cost of parliamentary letterhead he claims was mistakenly used in a fundraising pitch.

Currently, Mr. Kenney overpaid: The going rate for a minister's reputation is only 5 bucks.

This is The Current.

The Conservatives & the Ethnic Vote

We started this segment with a reading of three lines from the so-called "takeaway" section of a Conservative Party PowerPoint presentation called Breaking Through: Building The Conservative Brand . The hard copy of that presentation was attached to a fundraising letter that has Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in such hot water. The reason is the letter was sent out on Minister Kenney's Parliamentary letterhead. So far, the debate has focused primarily on that fact.

This morning, we're taking a look at the strategy behind the letter and what it says about how the Conservative Party and other Canadian political parties relate to Canada's South Asian communities.

Yudhvir Jaswal is the host of South Asian Pulse, a daily radio program in Toronto. He's also the Chief Editor of MidWeek, an Indo-Canadian English language weekly Toronto newspaper. Urz Heer is a Canadian of Pakistani decent, a political activist and community organizer. And Vijay Sappani is of Tamil decent and a community activist. They were all in our Toronto studio.

The Current did put in a request to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. He was unavailable to speak to us.

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