Canadian Immigrant

Canadian Immigrant

October 09, 2008 11:30 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: New Canadians Lack Information About Federal Election Process

Canadian Immigrant website poll finds immigrants feel uninformed about the process and their voting rights

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2008) - A correction from source has been issued for the release that was sent out on October 9, 2008 at 9:00 am EST. The correction from source is being issued due to multiple revisions in the subtitle, body, and the boilerplate of the release. The complete and corrected version follows.

Sixty-nine per cent of first-time immigrant voters feel they are not being provided with the information they need to vote, according to Canadian Immigrant Magazine.

The results of the unofficial poll of website readers at www.canadianimmigrant.ca were not surprising to publisher and immigration expert Nick Noorani. But the flood of calls and emails from political parties was extraordinary, says Noorani.

"Members and representatives from the parties started contacting me immediately after the questions were posted online to explain ways in which they have been engaging with immigrants and helping them fully participate in the process, but it's obvious it's not been enough," he says.

The website poll found that of those voting for the first time, 72 per cent were not aware that they are legally entitled to take time off of work to vote.

Other poll results:

- Top-ranked issues among immigrant voters included the economy, health care and jobs and credential recognition, followed by law and order and family reunification;

- When asked which party best represents immigrant issues, no federal political party stands out as a champion, with the Liberals, Conservatives and the NDP ranking equally (25%, 25% and 23% respectively).

The unofficial online poll of 159 readers, conducted by canadianimmigrant.ca, is part of its online Federal Election Toolkit 2008. Full results are available at canadianimmigrant.ca.

About Canadian Immigrant and canadianimmigrant.ca

Attracting over 100,000 readers each month, Canadian Immigrant helps new Canadians build a successful life and home during their first years in Canada. Its mandate to inform, educate and motivate provides hands-on, easy-to-access content for newcomers looking for information - from careers, education and settling in to culture, money and business. The monthly print publication is distributed in Toronto and Vancouver.

canadianimmigrant.ca reaches immigrants nationwide, offering tools and resources that help newcomers settle into their new communities - connecting immigrants with each other as well as with immigrant experts and prospective employers. Along with exclusive online stories and special series, canadianimmigrant.ca offers free access to interactive job, school and home finders plus immigrant experts at Ask the Expert, where immigrants can send in their pressing questions on various topics relevant to newcomers.

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