Conservative Party planned on targeting immigrant voters: Failed letter

A letter meant for Conservative MPs detailing a new strategy to secure votes from immigrant communities was accidentally delivered to the wrong person this week, revealing the Conservative Party’s future advertising plans.

The letter was asking Members of Parliament to help raise $200,000 to fund the Conservative Ethnic Paid Media Strategy, but was accidentally delivered to a New Democratic MP.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney asked to resign

On Friday, opposition MPs were demanding Minister Kenney’s resignation in the House of Commons. Because the letter, which promoted one party’s interests, was printed on Minister Kenney’s official letterhead, it is considered in violation of rules that don’t allow the use of government offices for reasons that promote one party’s interests.

The letter was written by the director of multicultural affairs for Minster Kenney, who then resigned.

Asian-Canadians make up as much as half of the voters in large Canadian cities like Toronto, and that’s who the Conservatives wanted to appeal to, because “they live where we need to win,” said the letter. All in all, they had planned on spending over $300,000 on advertising on ethnic television stations across Canada through the month of March.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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