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Bringing families back together in Canada helps our communities succeed

Posted in Election Watch, Exclusives

Published on September 11, 2015 with No Comments

Amarjit Sangha is a proud father and husband, and respected community leader, who has been living in the Brampton South region since 1992. He has worked in news media for over 20 years and is a long-time producer and broadcaster for the Asian Television Network. In this role he engages viewers on important issues of the day and fosters critical debate. Amarjit is also a former small business owner. As an entrepreneur he understands the pressure of a business and fiscal discipline. Amarjit Sangha is ready to bring change to Ottawa to fight for the people of Brampton South. In a exclusive interview with The Weekly Asian Connections, NDP candidate Amarjit Sangha shares

  1. What are the top three core areas of your riding you would like to address?
  2. One NDP’s commitments that will have a tremendous benefit to Brampton families is our plan to create one million more daycare spaces and introduce $15/day childcare. Brampton has some of the most expensive childcare in the country. This program would do a great deal to make life more affordable and give families more choices.

Brampton is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. As a result there is a great need to invest in infrastructure. The NDP will provide stable, predictable funding to municipalities and invest in infrastructure, including roads, bridges and transit to create jobs and get communities moving.

Small businesses create most of the jobs in our economy. The NDP has committed to lower small businesses taxes and help with training. This will help entrepreneurs start new businesses and help our innovators and community businesses grow.

  1. One important issue that NDP Leader Tom Mulcair should address during campaign that you think can give NDP a competitive edge.
  2. A. Talking with friends and neighbours and going door-to-door we are hearing that people want change in Ottawa. After ten years under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives they want a government that is more responsive to the needs of everyday Canadians. Tom Mulcair and the NDP are the best choice to replace Stephen Harper this October. Our policies to get the economy going again, help families, end cronyism in the Senate, protect the environment and respect our democracy represent real change and an experienced team ready to deliver.
  3. What would you do to make Canada better for immigrants?
  4. Immigration is critical for Canada’s economy and vibrant, multicultural society. The NDP would shift policy to increase the rate of family reunification. Bringing families back together in Canada helps our communities succeed and helps new Canadians set deep roots in their new home. The NDP will also work to recognize the foreign credentials of immigrants so they can work in their professions and contribute more to the Canadian economy and succeed in their chosen field.

Kamal Khera campaign


Kamal Khera draws huge crowd at Campaign Launch

Liberal candidate from Brampton West Kamal Khera’s campaign office opening drew a huge crowd of over 500 supporters. One of the youngest candidates in GTA, Kamal Khera seemed pleased and confident with the size of the crowd. “This is all because of your enthusiasm, your support and your hard work that we are going to win this election and turn Brampton West RED”, said Kamal Khera in her speech to match the energy of her supporters. The grand opening was also attended by MP’s and other liberal candidates from GTA ridings including Dr Kirsti Duncan, Navdeep Bains, Sonia Sidhu, Gagan Sikand, Ruby Sahota, Rameshwar Sangha and Raj Grewal.

Team Kahlon campaign

Team Kahlon celebrates campaign office grand opening with community

Hundreds of supporters came together with Team Kahlon to celebrate the grand opening of the campaign office for Harbaljit Singh Kahlon, the NDP candidate for Brampton East.

Supporters were greeted by volunteers, given a tour of the campaign office and mingled with Harbaljit while enjoying music, good food and fun activities.

Ontario NDP Deputy Leader Jagmeet Singh, School Board Trustee Harkirat Singh and former Regional Councillor Candidate for Wards 9 and 10 Gurratan Singh taught young volunteers how to tie different styles of the dastaar (turban).

“We’re here to serve the residents of this riding and we want to build a community that celebrates its diversity, a place where role models can have a positive impact on our youth,” said Kahlon.

Ardaas (a Sikh prayer) was performed to give thanks and to bless the campaign efforts prior to Harbaljit cutting the ribbon and thanking supporters for attending.

“I have always been driven by the value of seva that you, the community, has instilled in me. When Jagmeet Singh and all of you asked me to take on this role and to help build a better Brampton, I was honoured,” said Kahlon, “I’m going to work with this great team, which includes all of you, to build a better Canada, starting right here in Brampton east.”




Prime Minister Stephen Harper demonstrated his commitment to helping Canadian families save for the future by announcing new measures to support Canadians with disabilities.

Prime Minister Harper announced that a re-elected Conservative government would increase the maximum annual Canada Disability Savings Grant for low- and middle-class families from $3,500 to $4,000.  This means that these families will now receive a grant of $4 for every $1 dollar contributed on the first $500 they contribute to their Registered Disability Savings Plans each year.  This initiative is expected to cost the federal government $35 million per year.

The Harper Government established Registered Disability Savings Plans in 2008, thanks to the vision of the late Jim Flaherty. These plans allow parents and the families of children with disabilities, and those children themselves as they grow up, to set aside money for the future in an account where it can grow with them, tax-free, until it’s needed.

A re-elected Harper Government will also continue to work with the provinces and Canada’s financial institutions to improve the administration of the RDSP program, and to expand the range of investment options for RDSP holders.

Canadians have opened more than 100,000 Registered Disability Savings Plans since 2008. And, through the Canada Disability Savings Grant and the Canada Disability Savings Bond programs, the Harper Government has added more than $1 billion to their savings.

“Registered Disability Savings Plans help those who need financial security the most to generate significant savings,” said Mr. Harper. “And I believe that people with disabilities and their families know best how to use those savings to secure their futures.”

Prime Minister Harper noted that Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have no interest in assisting these Canadians to save for the future. “Justin wants to reverse our Tax-Free Savings Account contribution limits because he needs those tax revenues from Canadians who are working hard to save for the future in order to support his expensive spending plans now.”

“Mulcair’s NDP,” the Prime Minister said, “would rather deliver expensive, bureaucratic programs from Ottawa. Those programs will always be subject to budget uncertainties, leaving families with no assurance around how their loved ones will be cared for in the years ahead.”

The Prime Minister’s commitment to helping these families save would provide that certainty.

“When the future is financially secure for every member of a family,” Prime Minister Harper pointed out, “families can focus on the important things that matter in the present.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a re-elected Conservative government would double the annual matching grants provided to low- and middle-income families through Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) to help hardworking families save for their children’s post-secondary education.

“Our government has consistently lowered taxes and enhanced benefits for Canadian families”, said the Prime Minister. “Leaving more money in the pockets of Canadian families allows them to pay their mortgage, prepare for retirement and save for their children’s post-secondary education.”

Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative government has provided significant support to help families save for their children’s future education and cover post-secondary costs, including establishing the Canada Student Grants, reforming the Canada Student Loan Program and providing tax relief for scholarship funding and textbooks. Canada now places at the top of the OECD rankings in terms of post-secondary educational attainment, in part due to the Harper Government’s financial support for students.

“I know that Canadian families work hard to save for their children’s post-secondary education in order to give them the best opportunities in life”, said the Prime Minister. “It’s a major investment in the future and our government has been there to lend a helping hand.”

The Prime Minister noted that a re-elected Conservative government would do more to help families save for their children’s post-secondary education. In particular, a re-elected Conservative government would double the targeted Canada Education Savings Grants – the grants provided to low- and middle-income families through RESPs – by doubling the matching federal contributions for middle-income families from 10 cents to 20 cents per dollar on the first $500 contributed each year, and from 20 cents to 40 cents per dollar on the first $500 contributed each year for lower-income families.

“Doubling the matching federal contribution for low- and middle-income students with Registered Education Savings Plans will provide meaningful assistance to these families as they save for their child’s future,” he said.

Prime Minister Harper noted that Justin Trudeau and Mulcair’s NDP would raise taxes, reduce families’ take-home pay, and ultimately leave less money in Canadians’ pockets to save for important things like college or university.

“The choice is clear”, he concluded. “You have the Liberals and NDP who would raise taxes and leave families with less take-home pay, or our proven record of sound economic management and support for families who are saving for their children’s futures.”


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