Markham-Unionville's Shan Thayaparan says MPP Michael Chan went "over
the line of decency"
MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Markham-Unionville P.C. Candidate
Shan Thayaparan today demanded an apology from the riding's MPP,
Culture Minister Michael Chan, for what Thayaparan termed "clearly
"I cannot believe that a Minister of Culture, who is supposed to support
and strengthen our open society, would try to use religion and
nationality to divide people and pit them against each other," said
Chan is under fire for an interview in a Chinese language newspaper in
which he allegedly accused Prime Minister Harper of favouring Jews over
Chinese people. The Minister is also alleged to have called on
Chinese-Canadians to vote against the Jewish P.C. candidate in
Thornhill's recent by-election.
"Just because there was a political campaign underway does not excuse
Mr. Chan from making these clearly racist remarks," stated Thayaparan,
"The Minister is welcome to attack me, my party or anyone else on the
facts and issues, but trying to set people against each other due to
their ethnic origin is over the line of decency."
Thayaparan noted that his own community of Tamil people have immigrated
to Canada to avoid just this kind of race-based politics.
"When you drive wedges between people based on where they were born or
what they believe, you are laying the groundwork for resentment,
distrust and eventual discrimination."
"Mr. Chan should be ashamed of himself," concluded Thayaparan, "He not
only owes an apology to our Jewish and Chinese communities, he has
disgraced himself and his government in the eyes of all Canadians who
refuse to accept racism in politics."
SOURCE: Shan Thayaparan Campaign
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