4.14.2011

calling all "ethnics": stephen harper invites you to a costume party in etobicoke today!

The first invitation
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:26:47 -0400
Subject: Opportunity - Thursday night with the Prime Minister
From: zzidaric@gmail.com

Hello,

On Thursday night, the Prime Minister will be in Etobicoke for a big rally.

Here is the link for the event

http://www.conservativeevent.ca/toronto

We, at the Etobicoke Centre riding, are trying to create a photo-op about all the multicultural groups that support Ted Opitz our local Conservative candidate and the Prime Minister. The opportunity is to have up to 20 people in national folklore costumes which represent their ethnic backgrounds. These people will sit in front row behind the PM – great TV photo op.

We are seeking representation from the Arab community. Do you have any cultural groups that would like to participate by having someone at the event in an ethnic costume? We are seeking one or two people from your community. Please let me know by Wednesday afternoon – 5:00 pm at the latest.

I apologize for the short notice.

Thanks again for your help!

Zeljko ‘Zed’ Zidaric
Ted Opitz Campaign Team
416.577.4000

And the second invitation...

Stephen Harper's 'Ethnic Costume' Party & Rally
Thursday, April 14
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
655 Dixon Road, Etobicoke

Map

Event on facebook (Directions from downtown Toronto on that page or email me.)

Stephen Harper is coming to Toronto this Thursday, April 14!

In a leaked e-mail message from the local Conservative candidate's campaign team in Etobicoke Centre, the Conservatives invited various "ethnic" groups in the riding to dress up in their "ethnic costumes" so they can stand behind Stephen Harper in a photo-op.

In response to this patronizing and offensive event, we are calling on all "ethnics" to join us for a counter-rally that will take place outside the Conservative rally. Please come dressed in your traditional "ethnic costume" - whether you're Chinese, Arab, Portuguese, Italian, South Asian, Irish, Vulcan, Klingon, Zombie, or Ewok. Let's show the Conservatives that "ethnic voters" are not props for photo-ops.

Bring placards, too!

The Conservative rally will take place at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 655 Dixon Road, near the Toronto Airport. The Conservative event is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. We're asking that you be there for 5:30 p.m. so we can be sure to greet Harper when he arrives.

Organized by community organizations, anti-racist groups, and "ethnics" across the Greater Toronto Area

Make your own Harper "Ethnic Costume"!

4 comments:

James said...

Should I show up in a kilt & caber?

Translation of this event: "It's very important that our image not match our actions."

laura k said...

Kilt, definitely! I told Allan he should go for a kilt, too. I'm thinking of babushka and shtetl dress.

"It's very important that our image not match our actions."

Exactly. It's the Harper/Kenney way.

allan said...

G&M:

Conservative efforts to reach out to ethnic communities strayed into sensitive territory Wednesday as the party called its own attempt to find people in ethnic costume for a photo op with Stephen Harper "completely unacceptable." ...

Ryan Sparrow, spokesman for the Conservative Party, said the e-mail was not authorized by the national campaign.

"The national campaign was not aware. We find it completely unacceptable," Mr. Sparrow said.

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Harper deflecting blame? What a surprise!

laura k said...

Coverage of event

More coverage including a photo featuring us :)

It was fun! There were about 40 protesters - a very spirited crowd - and tons of media.