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特鲁多新内阁华裔受阻 引社区不满
Trudeau failing to name a Chinese cabinet Minister sparks outcry from Chinese community



特鲁多新内阁在本周宣誓就职,其中女性阁员占据了半边天。新内阁体现出鲜明的变革主题,不仅在关键的经济团队中增加了许多新面孔,还对一些国会新丁委以重任。

Trudeau’s new cabinet sworn in this week, with 50% being females. The cabinet presented a clear theme of change as many fresh faces are in key economic portfolios, with rookies carrying heavy loads.

华裔是加拿大最大的少数族裔群体之一,在加国占相当大的人口比例。特鲁多自豪地称其内阁颇具“加拿大特色”,因此它也应体现出加拿大华裔民族性。虽然有四名南亚裔议员和一名阿富汗裔议员得以跻身内阁,并获任国防部长和民主制度部长等职务,但却没有华裔出任内阁部长,这导致华裔代表性严重不足。

Chinese Canadians are one of the largest ethnic groups in the country, making up a significant portion of the Canadian population. As Trudeau hails a cabinet that “looks like” Canada, it should reflect the Chinese diversity.  But apart from four South Asians and an Afghani Canadian being part of the team and holding positions such as Minister of National Defence and Minister of Democratic Institutions, there are no federal cabinet ministers of Chinese ancestry, leaving Chinese Canadian population severely under-represented.


据报道,外界曾普遍看好Scarborough-Agincourt选区华裔议员陈家诺能够晋升内阁。48岁的陈家诺拥有两个硕士学位并在卑诗大学获得法律学位。他在2014年的补选中首次入围众议院,填补了前国会议员詹佳礼留下的席位空缺。

Sources say Scarborough-Agincourt MP Arnold Chan might be an aspiring candidate. Chan, 48, has two master's degrees as well as a UBC law degree. He was first elected in a by-election in 2014 to fill the seat formerly occupied by Jim Karygiannis.

另一名华裔议员陈圣源是在新的Scarborough North选区当选,他拥有强大的政治背景。在当选国会议员之前,陈圣源曾在多伦多教育局危难重重之际出任教育局主席。

Another Chinese Canadian MP, Shaun Chen who represents the new riding of Scarborough North, has extensive political background. Prior to being elected, Chen was taking the top political job at TDSB, at the time when its reputation hit a record low level.

还有在Don Valley North选区当选的华裔议员谭耕,他是一名职业科学家,他也是加拿大首位大陆华裔议员。

There is also Geng Tan, the first China-born Member of Parliament. A career scientist, he was elected in Don Valley North.

陈圣源和谭耕均未回复《大中报》寻求相关评论的问询电邮。

Neither Chen nor Tan responded to Chinese News’ request for an interview.

随着越来越多加拿大华人认识到参与政治对他们融入加拿大主流社会至关重要,华裔社区的参政兴趣也越来越浓。在此次大选中,参选的华裔候选人数量创下历史新高,参与投票的华裔选民人数也创下新记录。

The Chinese community has revealed a growing political interest as they increasingly realize that getting politically involved is crucial for them to integrate into the mainstream of the Canadian communities. A historical number of candidates were running for political office and a record number of Chinese Canadians cast their ballot at polling stations. 

在加拿大华人参政意识日渐增强的同时,他们也开始要求政府适当倾听华裔心声,并希望华裔在加国政坛中起到日益显赫的作用。特鲁多的新内阁缺乏华裔面孔引起华裔社区的强烈不满,这也让人回想起前安省省长麦坚迪所做的那个未能实现的任命华裔内阁厅长的竞选承诺。

Chinese Canadians in turn demand their voice to be heard properly, wanting a growing political representation in the Canadian political landscape. Lacking a Chinese Canadian in Trudeau’s cabinet has sparked community outcry. It also conjures memories of the former Ontario premier, Dalton McGuinty, and his failed promise during his election campaign to name a Chinese cabinet Minister.

在2003年省选中,麦坚迪曾承诺将会任命一名华裔内阁厅长。但是在自由党省府上台执政后,当时唯一当选的华裔省议员黄志华却并未进入内阁。麦坚迪出尔反尔引发华裔社区的强烈不满,并招致媒体的穷追猛打。在麦坚迪重组内阁一个月后,他在万锦市遭到媒体质询。

In 2003, when McGuinty was running his election campaign, he promised to appoint a Chinese Canadian MPP into his cabinet. But after the Liberals formed the Ontario government, Tony Wong, the only Chinese Canadian MPP at the time, did not receive a cabinet position. McGuinty’s broken promise sparked community outcry and media scrutiny. One month after McGuinty was sworn in, he faced a barrage of media criticism during an event in Markham.

在新闻发布会上,《大中报》追问麦坚迪:“你承诺的华裔内阁厅长在哪里?”

“Where is the Chinese cabinet minister you promised?” Chinese News asked.

麦坚迪当时无言以对。

McGuinty failed to give an answer at the time.  

2007年,华裔候选人陈国治赢得Markham-Unionville选区补选当选省议员,麦坚迪随后对他委以内阁厅长职务。

In 2007, Michael Chan, a Chinese Canadian won a by-election and became MPP representing the riding of Markham-Unionville. He was later appointed to the cabinet minister by McGuinty.

尽管加拿大华人的参政意识曾落后于其他族裔群体,但华裔社区一直在发展壮大,与时俱进。众所周知华裔富有创业精神、工作勤勉、重视家庭并且自食其力,同时华裔社区也对经济发展倍加关注。鉴于自由党政府面临诸多紧迫的经济问题,应该充分利用华裔社区的力量并委任一名华裔内阁部长是明智之举。

Despite lacking behind other ethnic groups in political participation in the past, the Chinese community is growing. They are known to be entrepreneurial, industrious, family-oriented, and self-reliant. They are more concerned about economic growth. As the Liberal government faces pressing economic issues, it should undoubtedly tap into the power of Chinese community and appoint a Chinese Canadian as a cabinet Minister.

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