The power of Douglas Todd: Vancouver Sun and PostMedia Group preserve star columnist’s false commentadmin March 14, 2019 0 COMMENTS
OnePacificNews, March 14, 2019, Thursday
By Ng Weng Hoong in Vancouver, B.C.
The Vancouver Sun’s veteran columnist on diversity and immigration, Douglas Todd, is among British Columbia’s best-known journalists.
On March 8, he wrote (1) about China’s long reach into Canada, exercised through the rising population of Chinese students and journalists in this country.
There’s some truth to that, especially with regard to China’s worrying attempts to control some among the Chinese diaspora here and elsewhere. But in his eagerness to freshen his China threat narrative,
With Chinese threat stories all the rage today, it is fitting to have a face and name of a potential closet influencer undermining Canada from within the media community.
In the later half of his commentary of mostly rehashed observations,
But he’s wrong on both counts, sadly for his newspaper, readers — and Douglas Todd. I am not opposed to the foreign buyer tax nor am I against Canadian sovereignty. Rather, I oppose the manner (2) in which the tax was conceived and implemented. My reasons are laid out in a Georgia Straight article on June 10,
I had made clear that “the B.C. government is well within its right to impose without warning a tax on foreigners buying real estate—and just about anything—within the province”, and that “no reasonable person begrudges the state’s right to tax.”
He also provided no proof that I am a critic of “manifestations of Canadian sovereignty”. He conjectured this conclusion out of his imagination. On the contrary, my most recent piece in SupChina (4), which
So, do I have the makings of an embedded fifth columnist? I’m an immigrant of ethnic Chinese descent, so that’s a start. I’ve also been increasingly vocal in my criticism against some politicians, academics and the media for their targeting of the Chinese community in Metro Vancouver’s recent problems involving housing affordability, the opioid crisis
The false description of me is now available to be retrieved and referenced by
I wrote this piece as a record of my protest against the publication of false information by Douglas Todd, the Vancouver Sun and the Post Media Group. I have also tweeted my protest: https://twitter.com/wengcouver/status/1104256015434866688.
I had requested that they remove his misrepresentation of my position by March 11, 2019, 12.01 pm PST, but they have not done so.
Updated: April 23 2019