WARD 5, 2011


Ward 5, Mississauga, which includes Malton and Britannia Woods, held a by-election in September, 2011, to select a city councillor. Peel Poverty Action Group (PPAG) posed questions to the 27 candidates who sought the seat, and below are the 11 replies, in the order received. Included is the reply of Bonnie Crombie, who won the election.

THE QUESTIONS

CANDIDATES REPLYING:
CEC YOUNG
STEVE BATOR
JAMIE DOOKIE
PAUL KESELMAN
MOBEEN ALI
CAROLYN PARRISH
BONNIE CROMBIE
GLENN BARNES
SHIRLEY ABRAHAM
SIMMER KAUR
WAGAR SIDDIQUI

THE QUESTIONS

With 15,500 families in Peel likely to wait up to 20 years for housing they can afford, councillors must start tough negotiations with developers to get affordable and social housing built in Peel.

Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?

Up to 1,000 people a month use Peel’s shelters for people who are homeless.

Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?

About half the population of Peel is visible minority.

Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the population? How could this happen?

Malton has been promised a community health centre.

How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds?

More people are using food banks in Malton.

Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?
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CEC YOUNG

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE CEC YOUNG
Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?
YES. Pressure must be brought to bear on developers to build more affordable housing or face delay of building permits. Governments must lead and must ensure corporate policy both include and reflect public policy.

Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?
YES, secondary units must be allowed after inspection for safety and quality of construction and validation of declaration of income during tax filing.

Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the (visible minority) population? How could this happen?
While it is admirable that all staff of, and contractors to, governements and corporations reflect the diversity of the community it is difficult to implement any policy that would appear to discriminate against any person because they belong to a smaller group. Where all qualifications are equally met by candidates, the affected group is given preference. Over a fifteen year period beginning in 2015. Between now and 2015, formulation of a policy in consultation with community, legislative bodies and community groups would ensure an awareness of the intention and garner support.

How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds for (a promised community health centre in Malton)? Malton, by its geography to the rest of Mississauga is isolated. As the Ward 5 and Regional Councillor, I will engage the MPP and the MP for the area to secure funds from the provincial and federal governments. I will mobilize the people in monthly marches on the offices of the MPP to demand action be to secure funding from the province. I will also put forth a motion at city council to commit one third of the required funding from the over $700,000,000 the city has in reserve as a means of pressing the Region of Peel and the Ontario governments to provide the remaining funds for the health centre

Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?
The dependence on food banks and community kitchens is a reflection of our failure, as a society, to address the economic imbalance that exists. We need to move towards a national Guaranteed Annual Income System that will supplement an Earned Wage to a Living Wage. I favour an increase in social assistance directly to the needy person(s) instead of financial supplements to food banks and community kitchens.

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STEVE BATOR

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE STEVE BATOR
Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?
Yes

Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?
Yes with a focus still on providing a safe occupancy / smoke / CO2 detectors and basement windows that allow for tenant evacuation must be mandatory.

Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the population? How could this happen?
If possible. I will always expect the most highly qualified individual to fit the position whether that individual is Female/Male, this nationality, that nationality. We are all human and need to take care of each other!

How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds (for a promised community health centre in Malton)?
More people are using food banks in Malton. I will be working with our MPP to achieve many goals. One being the amount of funding we receive per resident. Presently it is close to half of what Toronto receives per person. This has to be addressed and is most certainly one of my priorities.

Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?
Definitely. We have a responsibility to go beyond building roads and community centers we must not neglect our residents that are at risk or in tough situations. We have a responsibility to each and every resident of Mississauga
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JAMIE DOOKIE

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE JAMIE DOOKIE
Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?
Answer: Definitely. It has been one of my platform items in the past and also today. I believe the money which these organization have to donate should be diverted to assisting in creating Affordable Housing . You can rest assured when I get on Council I will be pushing for this ban.

Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?
Answer: Yes I do. The need in peel is tremendous. If you look at the waiting in Peel it is more than tripple the length of many other regions for people who are waiting on affordable housing. You can be rest assured when I get on Council this is one of the areas where my passion will be focused.

Should the staff of municipal governments reflect (minorities in) the population? How could this happen?
Answer: Yes it needs to be reflected. Voters in Ward 5 has the privilege in this by-election to start making this happen by voting for me and sending someone of a visible minority background to be on Council. The immediate past and present council is all of one colour, but by voting for me to get on Council voters will take the first step to ensuring that visible minorities are represented in Mississauga Municipal Government. This will be the seed for future growth.

How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds (promised for a community health centre)?
Answer: The funds have always been there. Mississauga Past Council inclusive of some candidates and councillors have taken the voters of Malton for granted and really have not taken any action to get this accomplished. $7 Million are being spent on a Judicial inquiry and you can go back and see who voted for this inquiry. Less than half of the money could have been spent on the Malton Community Health Centre. Should I be elected to council it will become a political issue for the October Provincial Election. Whichever party commits to providing the money for this project should the form Government, and would be the one I would encourage voters to consider and vote for.

Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?

Answer: Yes to an extent. One of my platform items is to push for a cut in Councillors Office Budgets of between $10,000-$15,000 and have this money diverted to supplement funding to kitchens and food banks.
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PAUL KESELMAN

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE PAUL KESELMAN

Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?
Yes, I believe they should ban them. We need independent representation at city council not someone who is controlled financially through any union or corporation for special interest.

Up to 1,000 people a month use Peel’s shelters for people who are homeless. Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?
No, people need to live with dignity.

About half the population of Peel is visible minority. Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the population? How could this happen?
Absolutely, the municipal government needs to reflect the population. This could happen by applying for open positions, upgrading your education and running for public office.

Malton has been promised a community health centre. How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds?
The federal government is not the answer for everything. We have the capacity at the municipal level to allocate the construction of this project in the capital spending budget.

More people are using food banks in Malton. Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?
This issue should be brought up in council chambers and decided upon collectively. However economic development in this area will provide more jobs for the locals and reduce people from using the food banks and allow dependent people to take control of their own lives.
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MOBEEN ALI

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE MRS. MOBEEN ALI
With 15,500 families in Peel likely to wait up to 20 years for housing they can afford, councillors must start tough negotiations with developers to get affordable and social housing built in Peel.
It is a travesty that governments such as ours cannot look after their social responsibilities despite the high rates of taxation. Election or no election, I am committed to the cause of augmenting social housing. I pledge to lobby across the board and definitely start and lead towards fruition the tough negotiations with developers to get affordable and social housing built in Peel.

Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?
Yes. All candidates should have a level playing field. These donations give an unfair voice to lobby groups that drowns the already weak voices of the less fortunate or less vocal groups.

Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?
Yes. What is happening is self defeating. Accessory Units are an affordable way to increase housing units. Many municipalities across Ontario allow these already. We do not seek to reinvent the wheel but only to officially recognize a fact that already exists. I would push for easing zoning restrictions on secondary units and other strategies e.g. through a Committee of Adjustments process that seeks to address safety, fire and code issues while retrospectively legalizing these units. It promises to increase tax revenues as well for the City.

Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the population? How could this happen?
It is only fair and equitable that the work force be representative of the population it serves while safeguarding the quality of employees required. Affirmative hiring policies e.g. in the Federal government can serve as a workable model. To emphasise my point, even the council can benefit from some diversity in a city such as Mississauga.

How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds promised for a community health centre in Malton?
I promise to lobby tirelessly for the Malton Community Health Centre (Malton CHC). The fact that it is one of the only two out of 39 centres announced in 2005 that was not constructed reflects very poorly on the existing representation from this area. It also proves that the decision makers do not put the required premium on Ward 5. Only empathic representatives from within the diverse community can change that. For starters, it would not hurt to have a representative from within the Ward itself for a change. I have a strategy to pressurise the Ontario Government. I would exhaust all democratic and strategic options including sit-ins or marches if needed to put moral pressure on the decision makers. I am looking for support from the voters on this. It is already top of my political agenda. [I’m aware that the MOHLTC Minister is announcing something on Family Health Care tomorrow (Aug 19th). I hope it means the CHC goes ahead.

Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?
Again, the Provincial Social Services seem to be failing us despite excruciating tax rates. You see the rates of usage increasing for food banks and shelters. The increase in panhandlers’ numbers is also evident across GTA. We must do what we can as a society. I am a supporter of municipal grants for qualified food banks and community kitchens. However, the lack of such funding means the established provincial social services have failed the tax payers and are not using the tax dollars for the purposes they are being collected. It is unacceptable that a G8 country like Canada cannot fulfil its social pact with the more vulnerable section of its people. A unified approach that merges all levels of government is required to address these social issues. We cannot keep electing the same faces and expect different results. It is time for affirmative change. I am committed to social development. Period.
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CAROLYN PARRISH

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE CAROLYN PARRISH

You suggest Councillors must start “tough negotiations with developers to get affordable and social housing built in Peel”. As the last Councillor to get a social housing building started in Mississauga, I can tell you that developers are not the source for affordable housing. There’s very little land available and developers cannot be forced to lose money on projects while governments fail to provide adequate incentives for them to redevelop areas suitable for intensified housing.

I fail to see what your preamble on developers’ assisting with affordable housing has much to do with your question on banning corporate donations. Should corporate donations be banned, without tax credits for individual donations, only the extremely wealthy could afford to contribute to election campaigns. Whereas corporation X would be unable to donate – and write-off a portion of that donation as a business expense, owner of business X could give a donation – giving the already rich and powerful inordinate influence over individual politicians. What difference is there between company X donating to a campaign – openly and transparently – and individual X purchasing 10 tickets to a Mayor’s Gala?

I favour easing zoning retrictions on secondary suites in private homes (basement apartments) to increase the affordable housing supply. The City has no choice. The province has passed legislation mandating each municipality to prepare zoning by-laws to accommodate secondary suites. The regulations designed by the City need to be sensitive to neighbourhoods with inadequate access, parking and schools. In fact, Mississauga estimates there are at least 33,000 illegal suites – many with substandard health and safety standards. Licencing and inspecting these units, charging fees, setting standards and bringing properties up to safety and health standards will bring millions into City coffers, provide thousands of safe apartments and ease the waiting list for affordable housing units. Older residents will be able to afford to stay in their homes longer (with garbage and snow shovelling assistance) and younger/immigrant families will have safe, clean, affordable accommodation. It’s about time!

The staff at the Region is far more reflective of the ethnic and racial mixes of our population. The City lags behind in this respect, particularly in the area of supervisory and executive staff. How could this happen? Recruiting procedures must be aware of the diversity of our population. Promotions based on merit will then quickly reflect those same criteria.

Malton was one of only two of 39 promised (2004) health centres that were not built. The announcement of this past week reflects the desire of the provincial government to save as many seats as possible going into the fall provincial election. It is a disgrace that the local politicians at both Council and provincial levels have ignored Malton’s needs in this area and many others. Malton appears to be the land that Mississauga and the province of Ontario forgot! Nothing is more inspiring of needed change than a looming election!

Food Banks are in crisis. Having raised considerable funds for the first refrigerated truck in 2008 ($118,000) and $100,000 for the 25th Anniversary Concert this past July, I know the needs are great. To depend 100% on corporate and volunteer donations in a city with 20% poverty is too shirk responsibility for the needy and the poor. Basic, reliable funding for the hungry should be provided by senior levels of government like the province, the Region and even local city budgets so that food banks can do their job with the essentials covered. Without food banks, people go hungry or commit crimes to feed their families. In a city with so much, no one should ever go hungry. I also believe, despite the effectiveness of the central Food Bank and satellite distribution centres – home delivery for shut-ins and those unable to travel to food banks should become a priority. Direct funding from provincial and municipal governments should form a year-over-year predictable base, augmented by volunteer and donor efforts.
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BONNIE CROMBIE

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE BONNIE CROMBIE who won the election
Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?
Yes, I believe municipal governments should adopt federal guidelines for donations, eliminating any corporate or union donations in exchange for a tax receipt to increase participation in the democratic process. The 75% tax credit available for a federal or provincial donation should also be available municipally allowing everyone, not just the wealthy to participate in elections.

Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?
The issue of secondary housing or Basement apartments is one that Council must confront.
It’s better to legalize these units which already exist in great numbers, so that they can be regulated, inspected and controlled.
Families, and newcomers need affordable housing, and others need help in affording their mortgages. With a waiting list of up to 21 years for a 3 bedroom subsidized unit, and 7 years for a single unit, more must be done to provide affordable housing for those most in need. Greater access to shelters for the homeless is also a critical issue.

Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the (visible minority) population? How could this happen?

Yes, as visible minorities and residents who were born abroad represent more than 50% of the population in Mississauga and 70% in Malton, incentives must be provided to both public (all levels of government) and private sector employers to hire visible minorities where skill sets are equivalent so that the workforce is reflective of the population.
Mentorship and apprenticeship programs should be created to give newcomers ongoing training and Canadian work experience which would allow them to work in their fields of expertise while they are waiting for their credentials to be recognized.


Malton has been promised a community health centre.
How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds?

The great news is that the provincial government fulfilled their commitment to fund the Malton Community Health Centre (CHC) on August 19, 2011.
As a former Member of Parliament, I have experience working with all levels of government and would work alongside our mayor, the provincial member of Parliament, the Health Minister and the Premier to ensure that the Malton CHC and any other federal or provincial commitments are fulfilled.

Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?
As a member of the Board of the Eden Community Food Bank I understand the plight of those families in need, our new immigrants, the unemployed, the disabled and single mothers.
One in 5 children are living in poverty and going hungry each day, and the use of Food Banks has been increasing 20% in recent years. More must be done to supplement the funding of the 7 Food banks in Mississauga which do not currently receive any United Way, municipal, federal or provincial funding.
Municipalities must work with their provincial governments to access sustainable funding for Food Banks, and the federal government must adopt policies such as reform of the employment insurance program to ensure those less fortunate receive the support they need during difficult times in their lives.

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GLENN BARNES

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE GLENN BARNES

Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?
Yes, I believe Mississauga should ban all campaign donations that are corporate or business oriented. The only donations that should be allowed are personal donations from individuals.

Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?
I do favor easing zoning restrictions for secondary units. However, before I could vote to pass such amendments I would need to research and possibly upgrade the bylaw to include safety standards for secondary routes of exit and others.

About half the population of Peel is visible minority. Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the population? How could this happen?
While I believe the makeup of any elected government body should reflect the population of the area which is being governed, I do not believe you can force such a change at the government level. The very nature of the electoral process and unbiased hiring policies is such that the people elect/hire representatives who are believed to the best candidate for the position. Teaching newcomers about the election process in Canada should be given more priority.

Malton has been promised a community health centre. How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds?
Seeing as though the funds have, yet again, been promised to be flowed, there is no advocacy action required. However, if the Malton CHC issue was still outstanding I would ensure that the voice of the area residents was heard by my contacts at the Region of Peel, the Ministry of Health and with several key MPP’s who I know would support this cause.

Regardless of whether I am elected as the Ward 5 Councillor, I will ensure that the Malton CHC is made fully accessible for seniors and people with disabilities. The requirements of any Community Health Centre need to go far beyond the level of accessibility at most every doctor’s office in the Region. For example, accessibility initiatives would include far more than just being able to get in the door. To truly offer primary health care srvices to seniors and people with disabilities, a well equipped CHC must include examination beds that are vertically adjustable, ceiling lifts for patients, doctors who are salaried – not on “fee for service’, attendant care available on site, as well as ensuring both dental and medical services are available.

More people are using food banks in Malton. Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?
I believe that food banks and communuty kitchens could be directly funded from municipal taxes, however, before I could support such an initiative, the Province would need to first take back responsibility for the funding of Social Services. Food banks and community kitchens are too often not accessible for seniors with mobility issues and people with disabilities. A large percentage of these individuals are low income earners and could use the services offered by these facilities and because this is such a fixable situation, there is no need for the lack of equal access.

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SHIRLEY ABRAHAM

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE SHIRLEY ABRAHAM

Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?

Corporate developer and trade union donations should be allowed as defined in the election rules and regulations. Excessive and illegal donation to council / candidate should be outlawed.

Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?
I am in favour of easing the zoning restrictions to increase housing supply to the needy people.

Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the population? How could this happen?
I agree that the staff of our municipal government should reflect the population that we serve. New jobs opening should be opened to all applicants most especially the minority people. The government can also make ways to hire visible minority as part of their program.

Malton has been promised a community health centre. How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds?
I will work with Mississauga MPPs and The Premier to make the community health centre a priority. Many Malton residents are new immigrants and it is hard or difficult for them to get a family doctor. A community health centre will be a big help for them and for the residents of Malton.

Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?
It will be a great blessing if all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) can supplement the food bank effort to feed or serve the homeless and the most needy people in Malton. Once elected, I will work with the food bank to get more corporate donors and seek the help of the council or law to make the food bank in  Mississauga more productive and efficient helping the people in need.

In summary,  I totally support the Peel Poverty Action Group, because I myself  came from humble beginning and I know being poor as a member of the community, we should find ways and means to solve poverty in our city.

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SIMMER KAUR

REPLY FROM CANDIDATE SIMMER KAUR

• Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?

I feel that everyone including the small business community and trade unions should be able to participate in the democratic process by supporting candidates. Mississauga does not currently offer a rebate to individuals to donate to campaigns as other municipalities do. However, there should be a strict limits on total amount of donations a candidate can accept from corporate and union donors. I do support pushing developers to build more affordable housing or create mixed income neighborhoods – but this is something that involves city planning and working with the developers to ensure development is in line with the larger needs of the city or the cities’ official plan.

• Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?

I think the city has no choice. We know there is a major shortage of affordable housing in Mississauga. There are more than 30,000 illegal units in Mississauga. I feel we should legalize and regulate these units so that they can provide safe and affordable housing. Also I understand the provincial government has already asked cities’ to develop guidelines for secondary units.
This is a good solution to the problem of affordable housing as it does not rely on the government, taxpayers or developers to build and pay for social housing.

• Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the population? How could this happen?

Yes, I think the staff of municipal government should reflect the population not just in regards to visible minorities but also others such as seniors, students and people with disabilities. I don’t believe in quotas and anything like that but I do think the best way to have representation is to make sure the hiring practices are fair, transparent and barrier-free. If we see representation is not being achieved we need to look at the systems we have in place and make adjustments where necessary.

Malton has been promised a community health centre.

I believe this health centre has now been announced and funding secured.
In regards to Malton, it is home to more than 40,000 people. It is cut off from the rest of the ward by the airport.
While it is a strong and vibrant community full of hard-working people who love to live there, today Malton is facing many challenges that we cannot ignore. It is also suffering from the image problems.
Simple things like increasing the number of bus shelters, trees, cleaning up parks and bringing a public washroom to the Westwood bus terminal will make a difference in the lives of residents. More after-school youth programs are also something that parents want – to keep children on the right track.
I will be a strong ambassador for Malton and the entire ward and will speak proudly of Malton and promote the ward to attract jobs, business and investment — so people make a decent living

• Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?

I know the needs are great. The use of food banks has increased by 20% in recent years. One in 5 children are living in poverty and going hungry each day. Food banks cannot depend 100% on corporate and volunteer donations, however I don’t think that just focusing on food banks and funding for them is the solution. We need to ask why the number of people using food banks is growing and what we can do to reverse that trend. Poverty is a real problem in Ward 5. Almost 20% of families in this ward are low income and the unemployment rate is higher than in the rest of Mississauga. There are also a high number of single mothers and newcomers living in this ward.
I personally have seen great poverty when I am in certain parts of the ward and I am really disturbed by how people are struggling.
For one thing, we need more funding for social and community health services. We need our fair share because right now Peel receives less than other municipalities to deliver social and community health services. We need to make Fair Share an election issue for the October 6th provincial election. Also we need to generate more jobs here in ward 5 so that people can make a decent living and not have to turn to food banks. Mississauga has so much to offer — no one should live in poverty.

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WAGAR SIDDIQUI
REPLY FROM CANDIDATE WAQAR SIDDIQUI

Should Mississauga ban corporate (including developer) and trade union donations to council candidates’ election expenses, as Toronto has done?
Yes, I anticipate that Mississauga should ban corporate and trade union donations like Toronto has done. I believe that only personal donations from individuals should be allowed to make it all fair play.

Do you favour easing zoning restrictions on secondary units (basement apartments for instance) so as to increase the housing supply?
I believe that secondary units (basement apartments) should be legalized because they already exist in large numbers and so that they can be controlled, inspected and regulated. Many low-income families and newcomers depend on these affordable housing, and others get helped in affording their mortgages.

Should the staff of municipal governments reflect the population? How could this happen?
Yes, absolutely the staff of municipal governments should reflect the population. This can happen if people upgrade their education, if they apply for the job opening and if they stand for office. Newcomers should get a chance to upgrade themselves by getting free education services so the minority groups can also apply for any positions available and run for office.

How will you pressure the Ontario government to provide the funds (for a community health centre in Malton)?
I believe that the funding has always been there, but it has been used in all the wrong places like the inquiry. I will insure that they funds that are already being provided will be used wisely. Furthermore I will engage with the MPP and the MP for the area to secure any further funding from the provincial and federal governments.

Should donations of food and money to food banks and community kitchens be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments?

The use of Food Banks has been increasing in the recent years. I believe that the seven food banks that are in Mississauga should be supplemented by direct funding from municipal governments so the people that use these facilities will be fed. If elected I will work with the food bank to get more corporate donors and seek the help of the council or law to make the food bank in Mississauga more productive and efficient helping the people in need.

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