Karen Wang, the disgraced and discarded Liberal candidate for the Burnaby South byelection, made a truly tragic strategic error last week in a post on a Chinese social media platform.
The post read:
“If we can increase the voting rate, as the only Chinese candidate in this riding, if I can garner 16,000 votes I will easily win the by-election, control the election race and make history! My opponent in this by-election is the NDP candidate Singh of Indian descent!”
In essence, she said, “Vote for me, my fellow Chinese-Canadians based on our common collective ethnic DNA, as opposed to my platform or my ideas or the principles of my party.”
Even worse, Wang reminded everyone that the alternative to a Chinese candidate was that Indian candidate for the NDP, adding emphasis with an exclamation point!
Within hours of the post being exposed, Wang was done like dinner despite being an otherwise ideal candidate for Justin “Diversity is our strength” Trudeau based on her race and gender.
I know we’re talking politics here, but can we just be honest for a nanosecond?
Wang’s ultimate sin wasn’t using race and ethnicity to gin-up support, but rather, being way too open and frank about how the candidate selection process has been working in Canada for decades now.
When Wang openly aired such filthy laundry in the public square, not even her brownie points as a visible minority woman could save her from dismissal.
In the final analysis, the Karen Wang saga is yet more proof that in politics, honesty is seldom the best policy.