May 1st, 2014

All Day, Two Way Go Service

BRAMPTON NEEDS TRANSIT RELIEF NOW

 Bramalea-Gore-Malton MPP Jagmeet Singh says long-term lane restrictions on the Gardiner Expressway have significantly worsened commute times for Brampton area residents, and called on the Liberal government to take immediate action.

“Long-term construction projects kicked off this week on the Gardiner Expressway, resulting in lane restrictions until 2016. Families will see their commute times increase dramatically in the GTA, with no access to viable transit alternatives,” explained Singh during question period this morning. “We should be making Brampton into a transit hub, but the minister can’t even deliver two-way, all-day go service.”

Singh, NDP Critic for the Attorney General and Consumer Services, says commute times to downtown Toronto have increased by almost an hour. He says GTA residents are tired of empty promises for ‘all-day, two-way’ service, and called on the government to take action.

“We hear lots of empty promises from the Liberals, but there is still no real funding for all-day two-way GO service. The government has delayed important transit improvements in Mississauga and Brampton for too long,” said Singh. “Why is the minister content to continue the Liberal record of delay, when the Brampton needs transit relief now? Why won’t the minister commit to timelines and funding for these projects that Brampton needs rather than spending time making flashy announcements that Ontarians simply cannot trust?”

April 22nd, 2014

OHIP Funding for Cancer Treatment

DENYING OHIP FOR CANCER TREATMENT UNJUST

Bramalea-Gore-Malton MPP Jagmeet Singh says Ontarians battling cancer should not have to battle OHIP bureaucracy to access approved, life-saving chemotherapy drugs.

“When I heard about the situation my constituent Anne Mitchell was facing in trying to access her chemotherapy treatment, I was appalled,” said Singh. “Any Ontarian dealing with cancer treatment should not be forced to consider selling their home to pay for medication that is already approved by OHIP.”

Mitchell’s story made headlines in the area as she tried to arrange a meeting with Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews. The medication Mitchell requires are normally approved for funding by OHIP, but because of particular conditions of her treatment, she was deemed ineligible for funding, leaving her with a possible $52,000 bill for treatment.

“Ms. Mitchell is at risk of losing her life savings and home to pay for treatment that she should be able to access without difficulty,” said Singh. “While regulations surrounding OHIP funding are crucial to financial stability of our health system, there needs to be some flexibility for cases that don’t follow bureaucratic guidelines to the letter.”

Singh is committed to helping Ms. Mitchell get her treatments without unreasonable cost.

“I’m grateful that Anne had the bravery to go public with her story, to make Ontarians aware of this situation. I will work closely with Ms. Mitchell, my staff and the ministry to make sure this unjust situation is resolved as quickly as possible,” said Singh.

April 1st, 2014

April is Sikh Heritage Month in Ontario

MPP JAGMEET SINGH OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES SIKH HERITAGE MONTH IN ONTARIO

On Tuesday, April 1, NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh officially launched Sikh Heritage Month at a reception in Queen’s Park. Over 200 people attended with exhibits provided by the SikhMuseum.com and the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada.

Singh introduced the Bill in the Ontario Legislature calling on the month of April to be recognized as Sikh Heritage Month. The Bill received Royal Assent and was officially passed in December, 2013.

“Sikhs have been in Canada for over 100 years and have lived in Ontario since the early the 20th century,” said Singh. “They represent a growing and dynamic population, making important contributions to the growth and prosperity of Ontario – that’s what we’re celebrating this month.”

April is an important month for the Sikh community. It marks Vaisakhi, the creation of the Khalsa and the Sikh articles of faith. Every April, Sikhs across the province widely celebrate “Khalsa Day” and the values of equality, freedom and social justice.

By proclaiming the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month, the Province of Ontario recognizes the important contributions that Sikh Canadians have made to Ontario’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric. Sikh Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Sikh Canadians and the important role that they have played and continue to play in communities across Ontario. 

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March 20th, 2014

Townhall: Jobs and Affordability

NDP MPP JAGMEET SINGH HOSTS TOWN HALL ON JOBS AND AFFORDABILITY

Jagmeet Singh hosted a town hall meeting last night attended by over 200 people, at the Terry Miller Recreation Centre. Tom Mulcair, The Federal NDP Leader and leader of Canada’s Official Opposition, also attended as a special guest speaker to discuss issues of jobs and affordability.

The event was organized in response to the layoffs at Gate Gourmet, a multinational corporation that took over a Canadian company, laid off over 50 permanent workers and replaced them with temporary workers through a temporary help agency.

“We need legislation that encourages companies to hire full-time permanent staff,” said Singh. “The legislation needs to make it harder for companies to hire temporary workers – workers who, as a result of their precarious employment, will face increased stress on households, limits on community participation, and increased instances of poverty.”

MPP Singh and his office have been working with Gate Gourmet workers to ensure their concerns are addressed and created a petition that calls on the government to protect Ontario’s most vulnerable workers from exploitation.

On February 20 during Question Period, Singh went one step further and called on the Minister of Labour Yasir Naqvi to take action.

“Will the minister commit to serious legislative changes that protect permanent full-time jobs in Ontario, to make sure that Ontarians are protected from being exploited by multinational corporations and temporary help agencies determined to drive down wages in Ontario?”

Gate gourmet workers represented by Teamsters Union Local 647, also raised concern over the possibility that the temporary workers being brought in may not have the proper security clearance to enter restricted airport spaces as the permanent workers are required.

MPP Singh raised this concern with Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

 

March 4th, 2014

Auto Insurance Rates Must Come Down

MPP JAGMEET SINGH SAYS ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IS HELPING AUTO INSURANCE INDUSTRY PROFIT

NDP consumer services critic Jagmeet Singh responded to the government’s latest announcement on their Auto Insurance Cost and Rate Reduction Strategy.

“Today the government made another announcement that will make more changes to benefit the insurance companies, and reduce their costs while drivers are wondering when they will see the same speedy action and see their rates go down?” Singh asked this morning during question period. “With today’s announcement, what guarantee is there that costs will go down for drivers in Ontario?”

Singh said in 2010, the government made changes to the Ontario insurance industry that resulted in a slash to benefits for victims and handed the insurance industry approximately $2 billion in savings, boosting the industry’s profits. 

“This government has a choice. They can either pass on a portion of the $2 billion in savings that the industry is enjoying, or they can sit back and continue to slash benefits and pocket the savings.” Singh explained “The government says the rates are coming down, but the reality is, many people in Ontario don’t see that. They don’t see their rates coming down; in fact, they see their rates climbing. You can spin the numbers, but you can’t change the facts.”

In the spring of 2013 New Democrats pushed the government into committing to a 15 per cent reduction in auto insurance rates in the Budget.

February 23rd, 2014

Community Skate in Bramalea

NDP MPP JAGMEET SINGH HOSTS COMMUNITY SKATING PARTY

NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh hosted a skating party for the community at Victoria Park Arena (20 Victoria Crescent).

“This was a fun opportunity for the community of Brampton to come together and enjoy an afternoon of skating,” said Singh. “It’s great for people of all ages and backgrounds, especially new faces, new families and friends.”

The skating event was organised by the office of Jagmeet Singh. City Councillor Vicky Dhillon and members of the local Brampton Beast hockey team were also present. image

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Jagmeet Singh is a
Member of Provincial Parliament representing Bramalea-Gore-Malton.
The office is located at 470 Chrylser Drive, Unit 18.
Call 905-799-3939 or
email jsingh-qp@ndp.on.ca.
Follow him on Twitter @jagmeetNDP and Instagram jagmeetndp.