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  • Dec 28, 2014
  • Updated: 8:15am

Backers of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford hit out at challenger Olivia Chow over Hong Kong vote bid

Supporters of the crack-smoking Toronto mayor say non-residents should not be allowed to vote

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 April, 2014, 3:07am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 April, 2014, 5:20am

Supporters of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have lashed out at his Hong Kong-born challenger Olivia Chow, branding her a traitor and "Chairman Chow" after she urged Torontonians living in the SAR to help unseat him.

The backlash came after Chow said in an interview with the South China Morning Post on Thursday that Hong Kong's numerous Torontonians shared the "sense of shame" that came with having a crack-smoking mayor, and those eligible to vote in October's municipal elections had the chance to help restore pride to Canada's biggest city.

Watch: Hong Kong-born Olivia Chow’s campaign ad

But supporters of the conservative Ford - whose antics have drawn international attention since it was revealed last year that he had been caught on video smoking crack cocaine - cried foul and said Chow's bid for votes in Hong Kong was unethical.

"If you're not filing tax returns as a Canadian resident, then you shouldn't be able to vote in ANY Canadian election. Sounds as if Ms Chow wants our elections to be decided by outsiders who want the benefits of Canadian citizenship without helping pay the costs of same," wrote "Frances" on a blog posting titled, "Chairman Chow asks passports of convenience in the South China Morning Post: Help me defeat Rob Ford".

The posting was accompanied by an image of Chow with a Mao cap photoshopped on her.

The same site carried a comment from "Raymond Hietapakka" who said of Chow: "This banana [yellow on the outside, white on the inside] plays a cheap political race card for votes. What if Bo-Bo [Ford] had said, 'Hey, Vote for Me, 'cause I'm white, jus' like you?'"

The original Post story was shared on Facebook more than 2,600 times by both supporters and opponents of Chow.

Some Twitter users called the left-leaning Chow, 57, a "traitor" and "shameless" for seeking votes from Torontonians living in Hong Kong.

The furore triggered a debate on CBC radio in Toronto on Thursday, with the producers of the Here and Now drive-time show devoting a segment to the question: "Should Canadian citizens who don't actually live here be allowed to vote in our municipal election?"

If you're not filing tax returns, then you shouldn't ... vote in ANY election
Blogger 'Frances'

According to Toronto's election guide, non-resident Canadian citizens are eligible to vote in the October 27 election so long as they or their spouse owns or rents property in the city.

A spokeswoman for the Toronto City Clerk's office said yesterday that non-resident voters in the municipal polls may cast ballots by appointing a proxy who is an eligible resident voter.

Non-resident voters must first make sure they are on the electoral roll in the appropriate district. Unregistered voters must lodge an application, which is available via the Elections Canada website or at the Canadian Consulate General.

Should Canadian citizens who don't actually live here be allowed to vote?
CBC radio talk-show question

Proxy voting forms will then be mailed to eligible voters who contact the Toronto City Clerk's office after September 12.

Non-resident Canadian citizens generally retain the right to vote, so long as they have lived overseas for less than five consecutive years and intend to return to live in Canada. By voting, overseas Canadian citizens do not lose non-resident status.

Chow, the widow of New Democratic Party and opposition leader Jack Layton, emigrated to Canada with her family in 1970.

The Asia Pacific Foundation found there were about 295,000 Canadians in Hong Kong in 2010, most of them returnee migrants. A conservative estimate of the number of current or former Torontonians in Hong Kong would reach 100,000, although it is not clear how many of these are eligible voters.


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Rob Ford is NOT "entertaining." Everything that comes out of his mouth, or is yapped by his supporters, is bigoted, ignorant, mean-spirited, or just plain stooooopid.
This na****t ploy is par for the course, playing to the white yahoo vote.
There's nothing unusual about the practice of non-residents participating in elections--it's a feature of most democracies. I'm a US citizen, in HK for 17 years, and I've regularly voted in federal, state, and municipal elections throughout that time.
Rob Ford and his know-nothings can shove it.
OMG it is getting nasty! First the racial, then religion, gender, what next?
Overseas Australians are allowed to vote in Australian elections, regardless of how long they have been away and whether or not they pay taxes to Australia.
Coke is a recognized street name for cocaine.
Formerly ******
Yeah, but, ah, can she snort coke, guzzle a ton of booze, and party hardy 'til the sun rises and still make it to the office on time? Isn't stamina an important quality in a mayor?
allan94 - you sound like you've been hanging out with Rob Ford too much
Some of the comments on this board are just plain ignorant. I am a Torontonian. I believe we are going to vote for whoever is the most qualified based on his/her platform. I am Chinese (therefore I am here checking out a Chinese paper) but it does not mean that she represents me. If I were a HK resident currently away from Toronto, I wouldn't go park my vote with another person who looks like me. The Chinese residents here are very diverse in terms of political views as well. Chow represents the far left, more pro-union while Rob Ford, John Tory and Karen Stintz are going to split the centre right. Toronto is not an all white city so a visible-minority mayor is not out of the question. Think of Calgary's Naheed Nenshi.
how can white toronto ever allow a chinawoman run the city!! no way. its like having a white guy run china. no way!!
the fact that they prefer a drug-drunk than to ever have a chinawoman is clear!
can u blame them?
Chinese for Chow.
The fact that Rob Ford is even running in the campaign is ludicrous. He's a profound embarrassment to Canada internationally - belonging more in a superhero cartoon as the fat obnoxious villain than as a significant politician. I don't say this because he has had a problem with addiction - that's human and excusable. He is not unlike many of us in that regard. But his refusal to be accountable for what he has done is unforgivable. I can only assume that he has some serious personality disorder.



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