Canadians fly on free tickets to vote in Lebanese election
The innercircle has first-hand experienced a ‘cold approach‘, CBC just released this story.
CBC – Canadians who are flying to Lebanon on free plane tickets provided by party supporters could tip the difference in a close parliamentary election in that country.
Corporate sponsors are paying for hundreds of supporters of the pro-Western Future Movement in Calgary and in other Canadian cities to vote on June 7, CBC News has learned. Dual citizens must be physically present in Lebanon to cast a ballot in its elections.
“This is a big election, and it is a lot of people who [would] love to vote but they cannot vote because of funds … so those companies are making it easy for them,” said Faouzi Salem, a Future Movement co-ordinator in Calgary.
“There [are] sponsors in the world who [pay] for those tickets … European companies, Middle Eastern companies who … they would love to see a free Lebanon, an independent Lebanon. They want to see democratic government in the future, so they’re dedicating all their support.“
This is shaping up to be the most expensive election of all times, anywhere, per capita. We’re talking something that will be more expensive than elections in the U.S.‘—Marie-Joelle Zahar, professor
The party has rented an office in a Calgary mosque where volunteers have been working to match people of Lebanese descent with tickets to Beyrouth.
Sam Hammoud’s uncle is one of the people flying to Lebanon for the election.
“It’s the sense that I have a say in my own country. I still have ties to my own country, whether I live here or not,” said Hammoud.
“He said, ‘why not, why not?’ So he’s going. All he has to do is vote while on vacation and head right back home, to Canada.”
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