Friday without notifying the media, the flag of Communist China was raised at Vancouver city hall in a ceremony with the Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations celebrating the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. And Twitter exploded in anger.
With the influx of Chinese capital into our real estate market, many locals are on edge with a feeling that our city is being sold off to the highest bidder.
The backlash rolled in from both sides of the political spectrum. Jason Kenney was upset that Liberal MP from Steveston-Richmond East, Joe Peschisolido, was wearing the Chinese Communist Party Red-Scarf at the event as was current Vision Vancouver city councillor Kerry Jang.
Former 2014 Vancouver Mayoral candidate Meena Wong from the left wing Coalition of Progressive Electors released a damning statement and later signed and posted a petition calling on Jang to resign. Her statement read:
“My family and I suffered greatly under that national flag. During the infamous Cultural Revolution, the red guards wearing red scarves came to our home and took everything valuable. … No, I don’t want to see the Chinese national flag raised in the city of Vancouver on civic property and by a city counsellor”
Jang responded as you might expect a regressive leftist to respond, by claiming racism.
But the concern is not based in racism. It’s based on a genuine fear that our city is being sold off, Canadian values shoved aside, and human rights abuses ignored.
Why the secrecy and why weren’t both English and Chinese media alike invited on Friday? Why do the powers that be, usually the Liberal Party of Canada and Vision Vancouver type regressives, seem so afraid of offending the official Chinese government members or institutions like the local consulate even going out of their way to suppress protests and media coverage within our own borders?
When people claim Vancouver has been taken over by the Chinese, are they really wrong?