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赢得安省自由党省选候选人后,杨绮清是否应该从万锦市议会辞职?
Should Amanda Yeung Collucci resign from city council after winning Liberal nomination?



安省渔人村自由党候选人的竞选结束了。万锦第6选区的市议员杨绮清在8月27日星期五的投票中胜出。大中报在竞选前对她的采访请见:http://chinesenewsgroup.com/news/662295
The contest for the Unionville (Provincial) Liberal Party candidacy is over. Markham Ward#6 councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci won the race on Sunday August 27 at the Markham Fairgrounds. Our earlier interview with her can be found here: http://chinesenewsgroup.com/news/662295
 
万锦市渔人村是安省于2015年划定的一个新选区,此区的华裔选民占57%。其他族裔分布分别是:白人21.1%,南亚10.9%,黑人1.9%,菲律宾1.9%,阿拉伯1.5%,西亚1.1%。族裔选票在选举里的分量很高,2018年的省级选举华裔候选人胜选的把握很大。正如人们所预料的那样,安省自由党只有两名提名人参与了角逐,杨绮清和金融企业家孙晓明。

Markham Unionville is a newly remapped (2015) provincial riding with 57% of Chinese constituents. The other ethnic groups are: 21.1% White, 10.9% South Asian, 1.9% Black, 1.9% Filipino, 1.5% Arab, and 1.1% West Asian. The heritage vote factor is high and strongly favours a candidate of Chinese origin in the upcoming provincial election in 2018. As expected, only two nominees were entered into the race – the other being Sophia Sun (a financial entrepreneur).

 
角逐一开始,人们就清楚地意识到这将是一个明显地、以族裔划界的竞争。孙晓明的支持者大多数是来自中国大陆、说普通话的人,而杨绮清的支持者大多为说广东话的中国及其他族裔的支持者。此次党内竞选共有1,187人投票,但该区登记的自由党党员人数超过6000人。两位候选人投票当天都准备充足,投票现场秩序井然。

It was clear from the start that this will be a very polarized contest divided between ethnic groups. Sophia with her mostly Mainland and Mandarin speaking followers and Amanda with the support of mostly Cantonese speaking Chinese and the rest of the ethnic votes. There were 1187 votes counted for the contest and the claimed number of signed-up Liberal members for the riding was over 6000. Both contestants were well organized and voters were seen entering the venue in well directed groupings from each camp.

 
杨绮清的支持者包括万锦市长斯卡皮蒂,约克区议员阿姆斯特朗(Nirmala Armstrong),Oakridges-Markham选区省议员雅各克(Helena Jaczek),以及列治文山选区省议员莫瑞迪(Reza Moridi)。孙晓明的支持者包括万锦市第二选区的市议员何胡景(Alan Ho),士嘉堡西南选区的省议员布莱尔(Bill Blair)。令人惊讶的是,这两名提名人都没有得到安省国际贸易厅长陈国治的支持,他在2014年这个新选区划出之前就是这个选区的省议员。

Amanda received endorsements from Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Nirmala Armstrong (regional Councillor), Oakridges-Markham MPP Helena Jaczek, and Richmond Hill MPP Reza Moridi. Sophia's endorsements came from Markham Ward#2 Councillor Alan Ho, and MP Bill Blair (Scarborough Southwest). It is surprising that both nominees were not endorsed by Michael Chan (Ontario Minister of International Trade) who is the incumbent in this riding in 2014 before the redistribution of its boundaries.

 
由于此次党内选举的投票数字没有公开(也许永远不会),所以我们不能对选举结进行分析。但是我从选举前观察到,孙晓明的支持者主要来自许多与中国大陆有关系的商业和文化团体。虽然何胡景议员设法帮助孙晓明从说广东话的人中拉票,但由于许多人都知道万锦市长支持杨绮清,因此,何议员的努力效果并不大。孙晓明在2014年竞选约克区议员失败,但她的得票却很高。这次省自由党内部选举与2014年的区议员选举模式不同。她并没有和杨绮清面对面的角逐,而且当初是从10个候选人当中选出4名。

Since the margin of victory was not announced (and probably will never be) publicly, we cannot draw definitive conclusions out of analysis made ahead of the results. From what I can observe prior to the Nomination meeting, Sophia was focusing on many commercial and cultural groups with Mainland connections. While Councillor Ho did make a pitch for Sophia and try to make the connections to Cantonese speaking Chinese, they were not overly effective as many of the targets were well aware of the Mayor's support for Amanda. Sophia was able to garner many votes when she unsuccessfully went for the Regional Councillor position in 2014 but that format is different from this race. She did not run head-to-head with Amanda but was simply one of about 10 candidates for the voters to cast their 4 votes each.

 
另一方面,杨绮清会说广东话,这让她在吸引广东族裔选票上占上风。她的英语流利,并得到市长和区议员阿姆斯特朗的强力支持,这让她几乎得到了华裔社区以外的其他选票。

On the other hand, Amanda picked up Cantonese speaking Chinese votes benefiting from the heritage factor. With her English fluency and strong support from both the Mayor and councillor Nirmala Armstrong, she simply cleaned up on all of the other available votes outside of the Chinese community.

 
接下来要看的是,安省保守党在下一届省选中将有谁出战女性华裔杨绮清?对保守党来说,合乎逻辑的答案就是找一个与杨旗鼓相当的人,最好也是万锦市议员。我想大多数读者可以猜测此人是谁,他就是约克区议员李国贤。

So what would be the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario's response to a Chinese female candidate for the Markham Unionville riding in the next provincial election? For them, the logical answer is to find a candidate with comparable name-recognition and credentials, preferably from within the Markham City Council. I think most of the readers here can guess who this candidate may be! Many have speculated it to be Regional Councillor Joe Li.

 
安省自由党渔人村提名选举后,许多居民在脸书上质疑万锦市的两位市议员(杨绮清和Logan Kanapathi)在没有干完市议员的任期前就去竞选省议员是否公平。他们尤其把目标盯在杨绮清身上,因为这是她市议员的第一任期。他们也觉得他们应该从市议会辞职,因为忙着省级选举时他们不能全身心地投入市政的事务和工作。

After the Liberal nomination meeting, many residents on Facebook questioned if it is fair to have Markham councillors (Amanda and Logan Kanapathi) seeking provincial election posts before completing their municipal terms. They put their focus on Amanda as it is her first term on Council. They also feel that the candidates should resign from City Council as they will not be able to devote themselves full-time to municipal affairs while working to get elected at the provincial level.

 
目前,我们还没有关于这种情况的规定。也许现在是研究这种情况的时候了,因为这种情况今后还会发生。杨绮清表示,一旦省选开始,她将会向市议会请假。至于她是否能够在市议员任期内以同样的奉献精神和有效的方式服务她的选民,我们将拭目以待。

There are no rules governing this situation at present. May be it is time to look into this scenario as it will not be the last time this will happen. Councillor Amanda advised that she will take a leave of absence from city council once the formal writ period is called for the election. As for whether she can serve her constituents with the same dedication and effectiveness throughout her term, we will have to wait and see.

 
渔人村省自由党候选人已经选出。我们稍后将关注略安省保守党的提名会议。与自由党提名只有两名候选人不同,保守党将有多人参加提名的争夺战!

The Unionville Liberal Party Candidacy is now settled. Let us check on the upcoming nomination meeting for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario later. Unlike the Liberal nomination with only two nominees,  that one is guaranteed to have multiple nominees participating in the contest!

 

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