Ruby Dhalla, three-time MP from the Brampton Springdale constituency in the Toronto area, is seeking re-election at the May 2 national elections in Canada. She represents the opposition Liberal Party that has come up with issues galore. As a Canadian of Indian Origin, Dhalla has come up with issues she believes will help her connect better with her constituency. We take a look
Working for seniors

The Liberty Party announced its plan to lift seniors out of poverty with a $ 700 million annual boost to the Guaranteed Income Supplement Program. “Far too many seniors in Brampton have to make the choice between filling up the fridge, filing up the medicine cabinet and keeping their homes. As a champion of seniors I am working to ensure that every senior has the opportunity to age with dignity and respect,” said Dhalla.

“Seniors form the foundation of our society. I am dedicated to working for retirement security for my constituents whether its speaking up for former Nortel employees who have lost their benefits or fighting for retirement benefits for all seniors, I am committed to ensuring our seniors are not left out in the cold,” said Dhalla.

Ruby Dhalla has been a strong advocate for both seniors and former Nortel employees who have lost their pensions as a result of Nortel declaring bankruptcy.

Early Childhood Learning and Care

Liberal Party Leader Michael Ignatieff announced the Liberal party’s plans to strengthen families through a new Early Childhood Learning and Care Fund to help give children the right start they need.

“Since being elected I have been a strong champion of children and their families. I have heard from many parents who are frustrated with the lack of affordable child care spaces. The Region of Peel receives the lowest per-capita funding for child care in the province, which makes it difficult for parents to find access to high quality child care,” said Dhalla.

The Early Childhood Learning and Care Fund will start with a $500-million investment in the first year, rising to $1 billion annually by the fourth year. Provinces and territories will be able to apply to this new social infrastructure fund for cost-sharing of early childhood learning and care plans that will create and operate new, affordable, high-quality early childhood learning and care spaces across Canada with qualified professional staff.
Ruby with seniors and families on the campaign trail
With women of Brampton With airport drivers at the airporta
Issue of Fraud Marriage

While on the campaign trail Ruby Dhalla met with women and families to discuss the issue of fraud marriages and the need for action. Since being elected in 2004 Dhalla has been a strong voice on the issue of fraud marriages and has urged the Government for action and results. Recently Dhalla requested the Conservative Government to provide information about the work being done to address this growing crisis in Canada’s immigration system including:
  1. The number of permanent residency applications that have been refused based on fraud marriages
  2. The amount spent by the Ministry in investigating fraud marriages
  3. The number of government employees assigned to investigate fraud marriages
  4. The number of reports or “tips” received by the Ministry regarding fraud marriages

“There are many cases of holiday grooms in which foreigners are coming to Punjab and marrying beautiful girls, receiving a dowry and upon returning to their home country completely abandon these girls,” says Dhalla “There are also cases of fraud marriages in which men and women from countries like China and India are marrying Canadians solely for the purpose of immigrating to Canada. These marriages of convenience must be stopped and anyone abusing the system must be deported from Canada.”

Brampton Families

Dhalla shares the Liberal Party’s vision to support Canadian families and Bramptonians by helping family caregivers with the cost of caring for sick or aging loved ones at home.

“With the difficult economic times, Bramptonians want a Government that is passionate and will help them. While the Conservatives have chosen tax breaks for corporations, a Liberal Government will choose to help Canadian families,” said Dhalla.

The new Family Care plan announced by Michael Ignatieff will provide a $1 billion annual investment to help reduce the economic pressure on hundreds of thousands of struggling Canadian families. The plan includes:

  • A new six-month Family Care Employment Insurance Benefit, similar to the EI parental leave benefit, to allow more Canadians to care for gravely ill family members at home without having to quit their jobs; and
  • A new Family Care Tax Benefit, modeled on the Child Tax Benefit, of up to $1,350 annually to help low- and middle-income family caregivers who provide essential care to a family member at home.
  • A new Family Care Tax Benefit, modeled on the Child Tax Benefit, of up to $1,350 annually to help low- and middle-income family caregivers who provide essential care to a family member at home.

These new measures will help an estimated 630,000 family caregivers each year. 

Brampton airport drivers show support 

Brampton-drivers from Toronto’s Pearson Airport joined Ruby Dhalla this past weekend to express their support for her re-election campaign.

Since December 1, 2010 airport limousine drivers have unfortunately been locked out by their employer, the McIntosh Group of Companies after the company refused to release provincial license plate stickers due to the allegations by the drivers of unfair business practices.

April 2011

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