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ONTARIO ELECTIONS

Posted on 28 May 2014 by admin

I am a community activist Gugni Gill – Brampton West

When Gugni Gill knocks on doors in the riding of Brampton West, high auto insurance premiums, long ER wait times and lack of quality jobs is what people tell her are their issues.

Gugni says that Liberals talk about lowering auto insurance premiums however people in the riding of Brampton West are not telling her that. People are worried about high premiums and good drivers complain that they are being penalized for living in a postal code that happens to be in Brampton.

NDP government, she says, will hire 1,000 nurses so that ER wait times are cut into half. NDP will also open 24-hours family health centres so that people do not have to go to ER for non emergency concerns.

Gugni says that NDP will reward job creators by rewarding them with tax credit. Businesses that expand in the province of Ontario will also see tax break.

She also notes that Canada is 53rd in women representation in politics. When she came to Canada 13 years ago after getting married, Gugni recalls that “discrimination against women of colour and ethnic women was very strong.”

Gugni says that she doesn’t have a political background. “I am a community activist.” She says she has seen poverty “very very closely where people were not fortunate enough to have two meals a day.”

Raised in Ethiopia and with a BA from New Delhi, Gugni has worked to raise funds for Stouffville Hospital, Sick Kids, Mount Sinai Hospital. She has been the brand ambassador for Imran Khan’s cancer foundation. However, she has come to realization that ” doing charities, raising food for food banks is not solution .. the solution is to work in the system and to raise voice there.”

She found herself relating to NDP values more and more because “NDP talks about common people, for middle class families who work very hard to make ends meet and they deserve the government that is making sense.”

Because of government’s false promises, she says people and small businesses have hard times meeting ends meet says Gungi Gill who has been in fast food industry.

Kular out to win his old seat back

Dr. Kuldip Kular had lost his Bramalea-Gore-Malton seat to NDP’s Jagmeet Singh in Ontario’s election in 2011. He is out to battle to win his old seat back from NDP.

Dr. Kular immigrated to Canada from the Province of Punjab, India, in 1974. He obtained his medical degree from Guru Nanak Dev University before coming to Canada and doing two years of residency training in pediatrics at the IWK Hospital for Sick Children (Dalhousie University) in Halifax. Dr. Kular worked in the Canadian Armed Forces Hospital in Halifax before moving to Campbellton, New Brunswick, where he spent eight years in family practice until his final move to Brampton in 1986.

Community service has always been a big part of his life. From raising money for important local causes, such as the United Way and the William Osler Foundation, to donating medical services at community sports events and organizing seminars on Canadian health care for new immigrants, Dr. Kular has worked hard with his neighbours to make a difference in Brampton.

Dr. Kular was first elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton-Springdale on October 2, 2003, and served on the Standing Committee on Social Policy, as well as the Cabinet committee for Community Affairs Policy. In addition, he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration until September 2004, when he was then appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal. He was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on September 1, 2010.

In March 2006, he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

In October 2007, Dr. Kular was once again elected by his constituents to serve the riding. With the boundary changes, the riding became “Bramalea-Gore- Malton”.

Dr. Kular has served on the Health, Education and Social Policy Committee, the Legislation and Regulations Committee and the Standing Committee on General Government.

NDP will “speed up” auto insurance rate reductions NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh, Bramalea-Gore-Malton

High auto insurance premiums ” is still the major issue” says NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh of Bramalea-Gore-Malton. After that it’s about jobs, government accountability and health related issues, he tells Generation Next.

NDP MPP says that the Liberal government had “reduced the cost of insurance companies overnight.” However, “when it comes to passing the savings along to the drivers, insurance companies are moving too slowly” and Liberals have not pressed insurance companies hard enough to move swiftly to pass on the savings because insurance companies have been the biggest donors to Liberals.

He says that the NDP has a plan to “speed up” the process so that drivers see the savings now rather than when their insurance premiums’ renewal comes up.

Mr. Singh adds that the NDP will make the process more transparent and will have consumers’ represented at the insurance companies’ table.

NDP MPP says that people are aware that billions have been wasted on gas power plant cancellations, however the issue really is “accountability of the government .. people don’t trust Liberals with their money.”

He says Liberals $2.5 billion fund “gives money away to corporations .. PC wants to get rid of it altogether.” The NDP says ” attach strings to tax breaks so that companies hire new employees, give training to them and expand their businesses .. this is a targeted way to see job growth.”

“People of Brampton want a university,” Mr. Singh tells us. He is encouraged by Sheridan College’s expansion into a university. “That’s an exciting news,” he said.

However he is disappointed that Liberals “have not put any money aside to renovate or rebuild the hospital.”

Mr. Singh tells us that the NDP governments in provinces such as Manitoba have a proven record that NDP can establish healthy trade relations with foreign governments like India where new government is in place now.

 He adds that “if we are going to have international trade, it has to be done in a fair manner .. so that there are fair working conditions for employees and there is no worker exploitation” like we saw in Bangladesh.

Mr. Singh says that if the election outcome is minority Liberal government again, then “I believe in democracy .. we will work with what they [voters] give us and we will respect voters’ decision.”

We will provide real leadership to solve new Canadians’ issuesNDP leader Andrea Horwath

NDP is promising new Canadians that it will provide real leadership in finding solutions so that new Canadians who bring their skills, education and capabilities do not end up driving cabs and are treated unfairly.

In an ethnic teleconference with multicultural media, NDP leader Andrea Horwath said that well educated new Canadians working odd jobs is “a major frustration” for people.

She recalled that back in 2007, the Liberal government created the Office of the Fairness Commissioner. They put their “famous liberal buddy in charge of the fairness commission.” However, seven years later “nothing has been done,” stated the NDP leader.

NDP leader narrated the experience of meeting a doctor who could not pass the medical test because he needed more time to write the test, translating it from English language to his mother tongue and then from his mother tongue to English language.

Ms. Horwath says that this is “not good enough” and Liberal lack of leadership has resulted in wasting talent of new Canadians. When Jason Kenney was Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, he had said a number of times that professions like medicine, engineering, teaching etc are regulated by provinces and the provincial regulatory bodies need to take measures to recognize qualifications of new immigrants who come to Canada.

In response to a question about how NDP will work with the new Indian government to attract investments to Ontario, NDP leader said Ontario has ” a very rich and a very significant Indian community and the South Asian community and we know that people who have chosen Ontario as their homes have friends and family back home .. so we have a natural opportunity .. [of] bringing over the business .. opportunity of trade .. that can be facilitated officially with the Indian government with the fantastic entrepreneurial spirit of that of India and that Indians have.”

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