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“Brampton needs a federal partner which recognizes its value and respects its needs”

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“Brampton needs a federal partner which recognizes its value and respects its needs”

Published on September 18, 2015 with No Comments

A practicing lawyer in the city of Brampton since January 2001, Rameshwer Sangha arrived in Canada in 1994 as a sponsored parent. With a profound respect for the country he now calls home, Rameshwer spends much of his free time helping others in his community.

Understanding the importance of mentoring youth, Rameshwer provides co-op training to students from surrounding high schools, community colleges, para-legal courses, and Law students. Inspired by Rameshwer’s sense of pride and civic duty, many of these students have chosen to remain as volunteers, assisting him in his various community engagements.

Prior to his current legal career, Rameshwer started an immigration consultancy firm providing legal advice and counselling to newly landed immigrants, and worked with the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal. He is currently an active member of the Brampton Board Trade, the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, and Legal Advisor to the Indian Air Force Veteran’s Community in Canada.

Rameshwer is happily married to his wife Kulwinder, with whom he’s raised three adult children. They all live in the city of Brampton. In an exclusive interview with The Weekly Asian Connections, the Liberal candidate from Brampton Centre Rameshwer Sangha shares


  1. What are the top three core areas of your riding that you would like to address?
  2. Look at Brampton Centre, one of the fastest growing parts of Canada. In a generation, we have grown from a suburb to a core part of a thriving, multicultural city. But, to continue its growth and success, Brampton needs a federal partner which recognizes its value and respects its needs. The Liberal party is proposing an historic infrastructure plan which would seem to have Brampton at its heart. Justin Trudeau is committing to sustained regular investment in Transit, invaluable to Brampton. Liberals are committing to protecting the dignity of seniors, with investments in housing and with the return of the retirement age to 65 years old. Most important, Justin has recognized that in Brampton, and across Canada, every parent worries about their childrens’ success. Justin has committed tomaking the tax system fairer and cutting the tax on any income you earn between $44,701 to $89,401 by seven percent. We will create one bigger, fair, automatic, and tax-free monthly benefit that will help families with the high cost of raising their kids. Nine out of ten families will get more from our plan. A Liberal government will create jobs with the most significant infrastructure investment in Canadian history – $60 billion in new funding over the next ten years. Investments in education, green technology and youth success programs, to help our youth become successful, responsible adults.
  3. One important issues that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau should address during campaign that you think can give Liberals a competitive advantage?
  4. Harper’s Bill C-24 has created second class citizens, including many in Brampton. The Liberal Party believes completely that a citizen is a citizen. As a newcomer to Canada, taking the oath and becoming a citizen is amongst the proudest moments of my life. I cannot accept that anyone, especially a politician, could have the right to take away my citizenship. Having talked with thousands of people in Brampton Centre, from all background and communities, I know I am not alone on this. Justin Trudeau clarifying our commitment to repealing C-24 would be of great advantage.
  5. What would you do to make Canada better for Immigrants?
  6. Immigration, even to a country as great as Canada, is a difficult thing. The process is long and complicated. Over the last decade, the government has made things harder, creating unnecessary hurdles for immigrants and even higher barriers for refugees. I have personally seen the stress and grief many go through as they walk the path to a cherished Canadian citizenship. Well-educated and experienced people unable to use their skills to Canada’s benefit. Responsible, tax-paying workers unable to bring their families to join them here. We must restore Canada to an open and welcoming nation, the best destination of all.

“Will give seniors in Brampton significantly increased flexibility to manage their savings in a tax-efficient manner”


Since being elected Member of Parliament for Bramalea—Gore—Malton in May 2011, Bal Gosalhas represented the Peel Region at the Cabinet table as Canada’s Minister of Sport.Prior to being elected, Bal had a successful career in the insurance and financial planning sector. In 2008, he opened and operated his own insurance business in Brampton.He has been an active member of the Brampton community, sitting as a member of the Peel Regional Police Services Board, Peel Children’s Aid Society as well as, on the Brampton Board of Trade Marketing Committee. He also coached and organized youth amateur soccer in Brampton.Bal has lived in Brampton since 1983. In an exclusive interview with The Weekly Asian Connections, the Conservative candidate from Brampton Centre Bal Gosal shares


  1. What are the top three core issues of your riding that you would like to address?
  2. Continuing our Conservative plan for jobs and economic growth. Our plan has helped create 1.3 million net new jobs since the depth of the recession which are overwhelmingly full-time, private sector jobs in high-wage industries. We also balanced the budget a year earlier than planned and are posting a surplus so far this year. We need to keep our plan for jobs and growth in Brampton on track, rather than run large, permanent deficits as Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are proposing.

Continuing to stand up for seniors. In 2007, we introduced Pension Income Splitting allowing eligible Canadians to split up to 50 percent of their eligible pension income with their spouse or common-law partner to reduce their overall family tax burden. A few days ago, the Prime Minister announced that a re-elected Conservative Government will introduce a $2,000 tax credit to help 1.6 million single and widowed seniors who miss out on the benefits of Pension Income Splitting. This builds on a series of measures our Conservative Government has already enacted including Budget 2015 where we reduced the Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) withdrawal factors and we increased the annual TFSA contribution limit to $10,000. All of these changes will give seniors in Brampton significantly increased flexibility to manage their savings in a tax-efficient manner.

Protecting Family Benefits. Our Conservative Government is putting money back in the pockets of Brampton families with children by increasing and expanding the Universal Child Care Benefit to nearly $2,000 per year for every child under 6, and $720 per year for every child between 6 and 17. These benefits also come at a time where Canada’s tax rates are at the lowest levels in 50 years. Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have promised to cancel the Universal Child Care Benefit and take these benefits away from families in our community.

  1. If Conservatives are given a chance to come back to power, what would be one area in which you would like Conservatives to improve its record?
  2. During this campaign, we have announced a number of important measures that a re-elected Conservative Government will implement. This includes: a continued approach to helping job creators, by cutting taxes for small business, lowering the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% over the next 4 years; cutting payroll taxes by 20% in 2017 which will provide Brampton workers with an increase to their take-home pay, doubling the federal matching grant contributions provided to low and middle income families through Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs);Passing “Life Means Life” legislation to ensure that offenders who are convicted of the most heinous murders will be imprisoned for the rest of their lives with no access to parole.


  1. How would you like to make Canada better for immigrants?
  2. The most important thing we can do is continue on our Conservative Government’s successful immigration plan which has been reducing the immigration backlog, while increasing our immigration levels. In fact, we’ve welcomed the highest levels of immigration in 70 years, significantly more than Canada accepted under the Trudeau, Chrétien, and Martin Liberal governments.We also recently implemented the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which brings the processing time for citizenship applications down to less than a year and is reducing the current backlog by more than 80%.

We will also continue to Improve Foreign Qualification Recognition.It was our Conservative Government that created the Foreign Credentials Referral Office to help newcomers get jobs in their fields through In 2011, our Conservative Government also introduced the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans pilot project to provide loans to foreign-trained individuals to help cover the costs of the credentialing process. Budget 2015 committed to make the pilot project permanentand during this campaign, Prime Minister Harper has announced that a re-elected Conservative government would more than double the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program to provide 20,000 new loans to internationally-trained professionals over the next five years. This will further help foreign-trained individuals get their credentials recognized faster and obtain jobs in their fields sooner.



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