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Brampton-Springdale

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First I would like to congratulate Dr. Dhalla on being re-elected. I can live with the Conservative minority for now though I admit I'm disappointed.

In reading many postings in other ridings as well as here, it seems to me that even though the Conservatives were elected as our next government the Conservative supporters are almost violent in their intolerance of other parties. Not good democracy.

While I'm obviously not Conservative, I have to say that Mr. Harper's speech last night was good. I don't have tunnel vision, I can see beyond my preferences.

Let's all just hope that this government will be successful in keeping Canada as great as it stands today because we all want to be proud of where we live.

Mary


I think the results in this riding speak volumes for Dr. Ruby Dhalla, her credentials and her abilities to lead the constituents of Brampton Springdale. Our neighborhood was Liberal red, as was the majority of the riding!! Dr. Ruby Dhalla and her team worked very hard, and success was achieved by EARNING the votes of Canadians!! Dr. Dhalla is a leader - and will take Brampton to new heights!! Congrats Dr. Ruby Dhalla and her team on a job well done and to the people of Brampton Springdale your voice was heard today- and DR. RUBY DHALLA will now air it loud in Ottawa!!


Beauty Queen won her seat...but sorry, not a seat as a Minister! Finally other Canadians stood up and put an end to the Liberals!


I think it was beyond a cheap/manipulative tactic for Ruby to call herself a Doctor and to go so far as to include it on her campaign signs. As far as I knew you only gained the title of "Dr." when you obtain a Ph.D. Not only did Ruby not obtain a doctorate degree, she didn't obtain a Master's degree. I think this greatly contributed to the Brampton response and was a very sleazy tactic for Ruby and the Liberals to use.


Ruby Dhalla is full of crap. She takes credit for things that she never did, can't answer a straight question and is entirely insincere when she talks so people; I hope most people see right through this. Oh yeah, and her party's policies are just ridiculous. 13 years to do all of this stuff and its still an issue in this election. What a bad record to run on. For the first time in my life I will not be voting Liberal. I am voting NDP and really feel that I am making a positive choice for a fresh change. I really hope people don't get fooled by Ruby. She is not even doctor she is a chiropractor.


Ruby, who refers herself as the beautyqueen, has been an invisible and useless backbencher and MP. She has done little for Brampton Springdale.

On Monday, I urge the people of Brampton to vote for better voices: Anna Mather or Sam Hundal.


Paul Martin said he wants to address the democratic deficit, but thats just nothing but rhetoric. This is considered a safe seat for the liberals, and Dhalla was appointed by the PM. There were other candidates such as lawyer Andrew Kania who wanted to be nominated, we should let the Brampton Liberals have a say!!!!!


The Prime Minister did not help Ruby at all when he visited the riding on Friday. He embarrased himself and the country when he had a serious seniors moment.

He said that Harper had never traveled outside North America. He completely forgot that Harper had twice traveled with him to Europe.

The Prime Minister has obviously passed his "best before" date and should take a long vacation preferably by ship to Panama or Liberia.


doesnt matter to me if they are Anna Mather postings or Sam Hundal Postings....basically they are reasons NOT TO VOTE LIBERAL!...im supporting Sam Hundal and the Conservative Party and those were some of the best points i read so I thought id post them near the top so many of you can refresh your memories as to what was said about RUBY DHALLA and the LIBERAL PARTY and why NOTTTTTT TO VOTE LIBERAL ON MONDAY

VOTE CONSERVATIVE VOTE SAM HUNDAL MONDAY JANUARY 23RD!!


Reeta
Many of your Sam Hundal Points were STOLEN from ANNA MATHER POSTINGS!

Jay
Are you and Ruby Stalking Anna Mather, there are laws you know. Jay if the best reason you can think of not to Vote Anna Mather is age then you haven 't paid attention to the issues.

Here's an Issue - FOREIGN POLICY
The Liberals seem ok sending our troops to Afghansitan for combat instead of security and I'm sure the CONS won't mind either if elected. The NDP is firmly committed to the UN Millennium Development Goals on international aid and debt reduction... Anna Mather NDP helping people AGAIN.


i see that as of midnight on Sunday Jan 22 there will be no more riding talk so i thought id remind you of a few good points outlined by many as to WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE CONSERVATIVE AND VOTE FOR SAM HUNDAL!!! firstly, JAY if that is your name why such the shame to write out your full name, i see that you have pointed out Sam Hundal's full name, by why have you posted your name as Jay, like i said before if that even is your name are you sure its not short for Jatinder Singh ...or Jason... hmm interesting character you are.

anyhow more important things heres only a FEW good posts i could pull up with points as to why to why u should ELECT SAM HUNDAL!!

Dhalla's 18 month sojourn into politics courtesy of Martin waiving his magic wand does not a seasoned politician make. Come to think of it Bollywood doesn't either.

2) What happened to the last election line that Ruby was going to be a great breath of fresh air....Not so fresh now?

3) Ruby "has done what an MP should do while in office"...if you mean the same thing the rest of the liberals have done in the last 13 years, NOT MUCH...then I have to agree

4) Municipal government is not a hatchery

With respect to Ruby trying to appeal to the Indian Community she has alienated the IC by voting for SSM. Her paid ads on a local radio show are getting irritating. She doesn't even know that India has states and not provinces. Check this out:

SITE

Ruby claims that Chief Minister Captain Arminder Singh is a Premier of Punjab. I hope Ruby does not represent us in the State of Ontario.


*Ruby Not Help for New Canadians*
Has anyone figured out why Miss Dhalla voted AGAINST (Bill C-272), an NDP Private Members' Public Bill designed to help people immigrate to Canada?

*Ruby helps PRIVATE Health Care?*
Miss Dhalla has bragged...sorry implied that she somehow had something to do with the new Hospital in Brampton (modelling at a groundbreaking does not count). Since the hospital is P3 (one of the P's means PRIVATE) is Miss Dhalla FOR or Against Private Health Care?

*RUBY IGNORING THE RULES*
Miss Dhalla has complained about her vandalized signs and not respecting rules...Why were Miss Dhalla's signs located at the Advance polling stations?

*RUBY WHERE ARE THE JOBS*
THE FCR...According to the treasury board of Canada commenced in 2003-2004 with Total Federal Funding posted at $59.8 million and $6.9 million ongoing....Can anyone tell me HOW MANY Jobs for new Canadians have been created by Miss Dhalla's FCR program?...I'm looking I see a lot of plans and dollar signs but no hard numbers


Lies,Lies,Lies.......
Here comes another base less claim from Ruby Dhalla in Asian newspapers ads that she established Brampton passport office. The office was announced much earlier than last federal elections and Bill Graham Foreign affairs minister at that time clarified in Liberal campaign rally at Countrystyle on Fisherman Dr and HWY10 Brampton few days before last federal election. More details can be found in June 04 Brampton Guardian editios. Leave Brampton Hospital alone construction was started in 2003 and it was announced much earlier than last provincial election.
DID WE WANT TO VOTE FOR A PERSON WHO LIES?

Wow!!! You know what, Liberals supporters should get some Brownie Points for their blind faith. Believe it or not, now Canadians are smart enough, not to believe any of these Cock & Bull Stories. Liberals have been blaming Conservatives from the very first day of this campaign. But who was running Canada for the last decade. LIBERALS not Conservatives!!! It's the Liberals, who have formed the government since 1993. Who has done blunders during this time. LIBERALS not Conservatives!!! Liberals need to learn a lesson. And their supporters should be wise enough to Pull their Plugs. May be then, they learn a lesson from their own mistakes. Now it's the time, they got to face the music. Mr. Harper will be our new Prime Minister. And He deserves to be. He's the man who according to all opinion polls will be Canada's prime minister after this Monday's election. One more thing, Mr. Harper has been accused by his electoral rivals of betraying traditional "Canadian Values." Please STOP Blaming!!! Paddle Your Own Canoe, for God Sake. And one shouldn't teach anyone who knows a lot more than they do. Last but not least, PLEASE Keep Body and Soul together in our riding. Vote Mr. Sam Hundal. Mr. Hundal totally deserves to be our M.P. He is way above the point, having achieved all the Basic Needs, one human being needs to achieve. Right now it's the time when the need for self-actualization is activated. By Self -Actualization, I mean a person's need to be and do that which the person was "born to do." "A musician must make music, an artist must paint, and a poet must write." Mr. Hundal has done so much Social work in his life, one can't even imagine. He is the most deserving Candidate to serve Brampton. Please Vote For Sam Hundal. THANK YOU

MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION MONDAY JAN 23RD VOTE SAM HUNDAL.


Gosh, talk about scare tactics. You guys seem to be scared to vote liberal. Well, guess you don't read up on the issues and only listen to Harper. Typical. Check out this article on CTV news--maybe you will think twice. "Tory tax plan ultimately favours well-off: experts"


Ruby Dhalla came to my door (yes, a living, breathing Ruby Dhalla), and an actual person from her office has called my home. I don't even know who the Green Party candidate is for this riding, Anna Mather has to be home before bedtime, and I won't acknowledge communists as a ligit anything in Canada. . . Sulakhan Singh "Sam" Hundal, what did he do, well, I received a RECORDED message from an anglo-saxon man the other day, telling me to vote for him, almost sounded like movie phone. If you want a candidate that puts as much effort into reaching the voters as the library does for over do books, then by all means vote for Sulakhan Singh Hundal. Take that and try to put a conservative spin on it. If anyone here actually watched the local debates, it is crystal clear that Dhalla is the BEST voice for Brampton - Springdale. Stop watching the national scene and pay attention to the local issues, and the local voice.


Wow!!! You know what, Liberals supporters should get some Brownie Points for their blind faith. Believe it or not, now Canadians are smart enough, not to believe any of these Cock & Bull Stories. Liberals have been blaming Conservatives from the very first day of this campaign. But who was running Canada for the last decade. LIBERALS not Conservatives!!! It's the Liberals, who have formed the government since 1993. Who has done blunders during this time. LIBERALS not Conservatives!!! Liberals need to learn a lesson. And their supporters should be wise enough to Pull their Plugs. May be then, they learn a lesson from their own mistakes. Now it's the time, they got to face the music. Mr. Harper will be our new Prime Minister. And He deserves to be. He's the man who according to all opinion polls will be Canada's prime minister after this Monday's election. One more thing, Mr. Harper has been accused by his electoral rivals of betraying traditional "Canadian Values." Please STOP Blaming!!! Paddle Your Own Canoe, for God Sake. And one shouldn't teach anyone who knows a lot more than they do. Last but not least, PLEASE Keep Body and Soul together in our riding. Vote Mr. Sam Hundal. Mr. Hundal totally deserves to be our M.P. He is way above the point, having achieved all the Basic Needs, one human being needs to achieve. Right now it's the time when the need for self-actualization is activated. By Self -Actualization, I mean a person's need to be and do that which the person was "born to do." "A musician must make music, an artist must paint, and a poet must write." Mr. Hundal has done so much Social work in his life, one can't even imagine. He is the most deserving Candidate to serve Brampton. Please Vote For Sam Hundal. THANK YOU


I have to say this is a very active log. Which is nice to see so many of you care about who will be representing us on Jan 23rd. I have lived in Brampton for 20 years. This s a great city, we have much to offer the province and country. With the help of our very capable MP Dr. Ruby Dhalla, we can continue to watch Brampton Springdale grow and prosper. She has brought much to the city - just before the election my family and neighbors had the opportunity to meet and talk to her @ a town hall meeting. This strong persuasive voice was eager to take our concerns back to Ottawa; which she did and was aired on the political cable channel. She directly referred to our conversation. This made us realize that Ruby is not your typical politician, she is one that is here to represent a new waive of politicians who are young, capable and can make a serious difference in Ottawa. Who do you want to represent you - our neighborhood chooses Ruby Dhalla!! We know and have experienced her positive changes, and we will be voting with the Liberals no matter how hard the other parties try to mislead us about the liberals; the facts still remain - just look @ the Liberal numbers - they cannot be ignored.


If you want broken promises...vote Liberal!
If you want corruption vote...Liberal

Ontario should realize what Dalton Mcgunity did here in Ontario, privatizing eye care, breaking the promise of closing the coal plants by 2008, and most importantly you all should remember when you seen him on tv saying " I will not raise you taxes." As you all know these have been broken. Please vote Conservative!


Please do not vote for Stephen Harper
if you value any of the following:

A distinct Canadian identity.

Control over our own natural resources.

Healthcare

A woman's right to choose.

Canadian sovereignty.

Human rights and privacy.

A foreign policy based upon our collective values.

Our robust economy.

Paul Martin is an honest voice on the international stage. The world " needs more Canada " to quote Bono.
So please , see past the empty rhetoric of the Right , vote with your heart. Don't build a "fortress North America" , build a nation that sets its own course. On January 23rd, vote Liberal!


Hey Sollie

How do Hundal's ad promote private health care? Your saying that the ads are from his job at Royal Lepage? Ruby Dhalla on the other hand, posing for photo's infront of Brampton's new P3 hospital show's she supports private health care.


Lies,Lies,Lies.......
Here comes another base less claim from Ruby Dhalla in Asian newspapers ads that she established Brampton passport office. The office was announced much earlier than last federal elections and Bill Graham Foreign affairs minister at that time clarified in Liberal campaign rally at Countrystyle on Fisherman Dr and HWY10 Brampton few days before last federal election. More details can be found in June 04 Brampton Guardian editios. Leave Brampton Hospital alone construction was started in 2003 and it was announced much earlier than last provincial election.
DID WE WANT TO VOTE FOR A PERSON WHO LIES?


I think there is one thing for sure, and that is most voters are looking for a change. But those die hard Liberal supporters are still cranking out the fear and misinformation to try and change this trend.
1. The Tories (or Liberals or NDP) do not support a private health care system or "US Style health care". This is a lie that both the Liberals and NDP have repeated so often they start believing it as fact. The Liberals (including Ruby) did nothing to stop the massive privatization that the Ontario Liberals completed recently (privatizing physiotherapy, chiropractic and Eye health care), they also were silent as more private health care clinics sprung up all across Quebec and BC. They save all of their self-righteousness for Ralph Klein in Alberta.
2. While Stephen Harper at the time did support the Iraq war (based on the information at the time, that did turn out to be false), SO DID PAUL MARTIN!!! Liberals and NDP are quick to forget that he supported Canadian involvement in Iraq (he was quoted in April 2003 as saying "I really think Canada should get over to Iraq as quickly as possible").
3.Paul Martin was able to balance the budget for two main reasons. Free Trade and the GST, and he promised in 1993 to scrap them both. Before Free Trade Canada had a trade deficit with the US, and now we have a large trade surplus and a booming economy. This has lead to more job creation and more people paying taxes (including more EI premiums, and the EI fund now has a massive surplus that is used to create an overall budget surplus). The GST now brings in twice as much money as it did 12 years ago. So the suggestions that he is some financial wizard is not really true. The only action he took on the deficit was to cut transfer payments to the provinces, thereby increasing their deficits in the process.
4. The Conservative MP's that were elected in 2004 were more racially diverse than the Liberals, and more than the "whites-only" NDP caucus, so the suggestion that Tories are hostile to non-whites is ridiculous. Even in this campaign the Tories have a more diverse group of candidates.

The Liberals are a tired bunch and deserve to be defeated, especially in this riding. I find it interesting that under Ruby Dhalla's profile, her "Community activities" are mostly made up of partisan political activities with the Liberal party. This is in addition to some "volunteer activities" within her own ethnic community (I guess everyone else is on their own). There is no other mention of any community activities in Brampton. She also makes her living within the PRIVATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

At least Sam Hundal has been active within the whole community of Brampton for the last 30 years, holding numerous volunteer positions. And at least Anna Mather, has credits other than partisan political events to her name.

Perhaps Anna Mather is the answer, or maybe Sam Hundal. But the Liberals have not earned another shot, not this time. As Jack Layton said, they need to go into the repair shop.



Hey Singh....Buddy

You don't have to convince me about Miss Dhalla; horn honking, toothless FCR, support for Private health care, comparing sign vandals with gun criminals as you are aware the list goes on. However, Mr Hundal's bus shelter posters, support for private health care and vote buying scams are just as aggravating.

It seems to me it's time for a SMART change, Anna Mather and the NDP seem to be that change!..come on Singh you can do it too.


re: Dhalla. C'mon people. If you can get past her seemingly sincere attitude, what you'll see is a person who really cant express or articulate her own values. I'd love to hear them. Did anybody see her on CBC or on that other talk show, i think channel 9? I was embarrassed for her. She couldn't articulte what she really felt, she just kept saying "liberals are good conservatives bad , lets stay positive." Yeah, ok Ruby, I agree the conservatives are bad, but lets get into the details and issues here. Don't just name of figures or names, lets get into the principals of things. The other panelists shot her down so many times, they were actually having an intelligent debate which she couldn't contribute too. So please people, yes, she is a nice person, but if you think you're getting something more than just a poster, policy toting MP, you're mistaken. I don't like harper, but she keeps blaming him for his values, what are your values Ruby? Not what you say from the Liberal platform, but what do you believe? I'm not sure she even knows. What an insincere politican. I am not fooled at all.
Please people, lets think before we vote.


Hey Sollie

There's is nothing wrong with Sam's bus ads. Did the sign state that Sam Hundal is running for the Conservative's? No. Did it say vote Hundal? No. Honking your horn and saying vote for me is a totally different thing, and that's what Ruby Dhalla did. Ruby is more out for publicity just as she was taking pictures at a P3 Hospital being built in Brampton


VOTE LIBERAL! VOTE DR. RUBY DHALLA. I have lived in the riding for many many years. I worked, raised a family and now am retired in the riding. I have to point out I have not seen a better candidate representing our riding. Dr. Ruby Dhalla is sharp, aggressive and in tune with the needs of the constituents of this riding. I have watched her closely for the last 18 months and she has actively participated in many key issues not only for the riding but equally important she has worked hard for ALL CANAIDANS. I want to share two personal experiences I have witnessed with Ruby Dhalla, I was visiting a friend at a retirement home, I found Ruby there supporting the elderly, on another occasion I was picking my granddaughter up at school and I found Dr. Ruby Dhalla there encouraging our youth - on both occasions she was warm and had her ear ready and very willing to listen to anything we had to say. Another fine example would be her deep efforts with the Tsunami relief concert. Ruby Dhalla has put new breath into this riding. For a long time resident and an ol' timer who as seen much in the political arena, I can tell you Ruby Dhalla is a strong voice, a true candidate that can make big things happen for Brampton! VOTE Dr. Ruby Dhalla on Jan. 23; I see no other choice.


Hey Singh
You did not reply to the bending of the rules comments.
The timing of the posters are a little suspect...no?


Hey Sollie

There is a major difference when someone intentionally stops you by honking there horn, getting you to roll down your window and say "Hi! I am Ruby Dhalla vote for me!". The bus ads were not for the Conservative's but for Royal Lepage as you said. Even though, bus ads are totally different, they are not rudely interrupting you on your commute.


Stand up for Canada! Vote Conservative!


Hey Singh
This time round during the election, I was driving in Brampton and saw someone's face in a Bus Shelter. I rubbed my eyes and notice the posters are of Sam Hundal. Only the posters are for Sam Hundal the Royal Lepage agent not Sam Hundal the CONSERVATIVE. Can he not go one second without campaigning?
See there is no difference between Conservatives and Liberals so vote Anna Mather NDP.

At a Boy Sam you BEND THOSE silly RULES for you own good.


Last time round during the election, I was driving in Brampton and heard someone honking the horn. I rolled my window down and the car next too me happens to be Ruby Dhalla. She say's "Hi! I am Ruby Dhalla, vote for me!" Can she not go one second without campaigning? Please vote Conservative!


This Harper/Bush thing is just a bit too scary. Harper now is posing as some kind of a populist, trying to be all things to everyone. The truth is,
he is a neo-conservative, and although he may not be getting his orders from Washington, his own party's ideology is just too similar to that of the Republican's. I can't see Stephen Harper on the world stage
defending Canadian sovereignty.


*Ruby Not Help for New Canadians*
Has anyone figured out why Miss Dhalla voted AGAINST (Bill C-272), an NDP Private Members' Public Bill designed to help people immigrate to Canada?

*Ruby helps PRIVATE Health Care?*
Miss Dhalla has bragged...sorry implied that she somehow had something to do with the new Hospital in Brampton (modelling at a groundbreaking does not count). Since the hospital is P3 (one of the P's means PRIVATE) is Miss Dhalla FOR or Against Private Health Care?

*RUBY IGNORING THE RULES*
Miss Dhalla has complained about her vandalized signs and not respecting rules...Why were Miss Dhalla's signs located at the Advance polling stations?

*RUBY WHERE ARE THE JOBS*
THE FCR...According to the treasury board of Canada commenced in 2003-2004 with Total Federal Funding posted at $59.8 million and $6.9 million ongoing....Can anyone tell me HOW MANY Jobs for new Canadians have been created by Miss Dhalla's FCR program?...I'm looking I see a lot of plans and dollar signs but no hard numbers

Liberals not doing anything for 13 years and the Conservatives' vote buying schemes!..I think!I know ANNA Mather NDP is the best choice I can make.


The past can haunt the present and the future and until the Conservative\ Alliance\Reform has cleared the corruption and stop putting new lies on top of earlier lies, the people of Canada will find them unfit to govern. Let me explain how the truth works: when the USA went to war and Canada did not send troops, Mr. Harper blasted the Liberals for not sending troops to support the Americans, he said that he would have, now during the first part of his campaign his said that he would not have sent troops, so is he lying now or was he lying then bellowing in the wind to get a pat on the back from Mr. Bush?
Mr. Harper wants to open up the gay marriage issue again, and if he gets his way we will have some gay couples married and the rest can't, can you just imagine the lawsuits coming against the government because of Discrimination, sounds like Bullying to me. Now if the Liberals are right and Mr. Harper can't rehash this issue will he leave it alone or use the not with standing clause to force his will, the strong arm tactic they like to use, oh yeah he can't use it because he said he wouldn't, yeah right.
Doesn't Mr. Harpers campaign look and sound like a Mulroney campaign? Mulroney and Harper together in perfect harmony, truly, a Canadian dream comes true.


Good Reasons why You Should NOT
For Sam Hundal and the Conservatives.
1. They will Privatize Health Care.
2. They will Privatize Goverment
Pension plans in the form of RRSP.
3. Beware of the Flat Tax. Less money
for poor and middle class, more
for the Rich.
4. Join in any USA world military
adventures.
5. Tear up Kyoto climate agreement.
6. Open up the West Coast for Oil
exploration.
7. Ban Abortion.
8. Gut Social Programs.
9. Continental economic and security
integration with USA as well as a
continental energy strategy that
should be broadened to a range of
other natural resoures.
10.Abolish Gun Control


The Reform/Alliance/Conservative party has the same leader and for the most part , the same candidates as the last election. When people actually looked closely at those candidates and their policies it rightly scared most Canadians. Nothing has changed except the Conservatives are putting on the sheeps clothing of a centrist party, and with the help of a sympathetic media, have lulled many into considering voting for them. The Liberals have had surplus budgets and a booming economy so what do the fiscal conservatives want? The Conservatives are certainly no stranger to deceit and scandal.So if there are not that many differences fiscally or scandal wise between the the two main parties, the differences must be social issues. We know that the R/A/C party is full of people who believe Church and State are the same thing and who are hostile to non- white immigrants , First nations people and the poor, and who have their head in the sand when it comes to global warming and other environmental issues. So why have the press not questioned them on it? We do not need our very own George W Bush. In the Brampton-Springdale voting for Ruby Dhalla and the Liberals is the only way of stopping Harper from gaining control of our government.


People I think I found the answer we have been looking for! The candidates in Brampton-Springdale parallel the pouridge in "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." That's right a simple nursery rhyme is the key to all our questions!

Sam Hundal is too old.
Anna Mather is too young.
But Ruby Dhalla is just right.

Stick with what you know folks, vote Liberal on election day. Say no to Harper and his hidden agenda's, and no to Layton and his bigger budget than can fit in his wallet policies. Mr. Martin you've got my vote.


After reading the numerous postings on this site, it is evident that voters should have a minimum "IQ" before be allowed to cast a ballot.

Brampton, is seen as an "East Indian" community by most GTA residents and therefore irrelevant.

The real issue in this election is Corruption. Many voters in this riding fled from regions of the world where corruption, cronyism and scandal are as ingrained as sunshine on a summer day. Yet, these people will support the Liberals.

The Liberals have fouled the water for 12 years. Its time to flush the toilet and start again.


I think we can agree that all of the candidates would be able to hold office, and we should instead start focusing on which candidate could do the most for our own riding.

The Liberal and Conservative parties (with their many elected members) have traditionally relegated Brampton candidates to backbencher, non-minister positions in the House...even "star" candidates.

Therefore it seems to me that a Brampton-Springdale MP who is a member of a smaller party would have more of a voice in their own party, and consequently during House business (question period, motions, etc) to raise issues that matter to this riding.

Anna Mather seems to be in an ideal position to represent our riding as a member of the NDP, which seems set once again (whether it be a Liberal or Conservative government) to dictate the direction of Parliament.


STOP THE NUCLEAR WASTE INCINERATOR IN BRAMPTON. Lets get ALL of Our Candidates out to show support. Please call your candidates tell them about the meeting! Tell Your friends in Other ridings

When: Thursday January 19, 2006
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Region of Peel Council Chamber
Location: 10 Peel Centre Drive, 5th floor

Last November members of our group opposing the incinerator and the expansion of Mississauga Metals & Alloys met with the Technical Review Committee to voice our concerns. This Committee has produced a report that will go to the Region next week. Members of our group will get the report January 13th from the region and will prepare a response. We will be a delegation to the Regional Council meeting and hope a large group of our supporters will attend the meeting.


OK timeout please lets not go into this anymore. The board has been going great for 2 months now. I have plenty of reason to be sensitive about racism, as I am sure some of you do. It appears everyone here has been respectful in their arguments.

In the context of the post, I think floater refers to an effortless person that rides on coat tails etc.

Besides cbc.ca does monitor comments prior to posting.

BACK TO THE ISSUES! PLEASE


John,

Big word 'OXYMORON', do you even know what it means???

Were you refering to yourself as an oxygen 'deprived' moron, because your recent posts are indicative of someone who lacking in sense and sensibility.

To quote your most recent hyperbole " Sam Hundal can barely speak English". Just to let you know, most of Canada could not understand Jean Chretien's English either and he was our Prime Minister. This is another prime example of a Liberal Marginalizing someone from a Minority when it suits them. I really need to have a look at that Special Liberal Rule Book.

"Opportunistic Shmuck", "Floater",
"Educating Reeta (RITA-haha I'm killing myself laughing with your double entendre), and "Amritsar Tractor Institute" . These are all pre-pubescent comments from an obvious Liberal suffering from a "Popcorn and Beer" hangover.

By the way it is Stephen Harper and not Joe Harper. I believe if you REALLY want to find out about his election contributions (because it such a HUGE ISSUE-LOL) you should contact www.conservative.ca. Did you know that Stephen Harper has a M.A. in Economics??? Sounds to me like an ideal qualification to run an economy.

It's still not to late to jump off the sinking LIBERAL ship, I believe there are still some lifeboats available.


Mike


There are many reasons I won't be voting for Sam Hundal. Here are just a few. 1. The tories would not protect Canadian sovereignty to the degree the Liberals will. For the tories, everything would be on the negotiating table, including culture.
2. The environment. Corporate Canada would seek amendments to current legislation protecting the environment. The tories would adopt a "wait and see" approach to global warming as our neighbours to the south have done.
3. Canada's Native people would get a raw deal, little or no settlements, delays in adjudication, and they would likely be told "its not in the budget this year...sorry"
4. Weapons in space. We don't need weapons in Toronto! Why would we pay billions to have them in space? Unless you want to help out the companies involved in that trade?
5. Our water! Its not for sale!!!
I'm voting LIBERAL!!!!


Bobby
Have you had a recent cognitive intervention? A floater according to the Canadian lexicon is someone who shows up to the game but isn't quite prepared to sweat. You know, like a...hockey player...or someone jumping on a political bandwagon?


Ruby Dhalla is the only candidate I feel comfortable voting for, pure and simple. She has the most experience for the job. She has demonstrated that she not only is very capable, but has done a superb job representing the people in her riding. To vote for anyone else at this point would simply be foolish.Ruby Dhalla has demonstrated through action that she is the most suitable candidate to serve Brampton/Springdale, she has earned our trust and we should send her back to Ottawa as soon as possible to let her get back to what she does best and that is serving Brampton!


john,
no actually his education resume is as follows;

Masters of Arts - Political Science
University of Windsor, Ontario

Commonwealth Graduate's Teaching Certificate
University of Leicester, School of Education, England

Bachelor of Teaching Degree
Punjab University, Chandigarh, India

Bachelor of Arts Degree
Punjab University, Chandigarh, India


Reeta was reffering to the term "floater" which is a slang racist term.. so please John educate yourself before you use language that will get you in trouble.


Re: Educating Reeta
Reeta , so far I haven't seen any racist comments. If someone represents me in Ottawa I want them to do it in either fluent french or english. If you are Punjabi, thats great! but you have to understand that not everybody is Punjabi! There are actually people in Springdale that aren't Punjabi!
So Sam Hundal has studied all over the world? Exactly where? The Amritsar Tractor Institute?


haha, integrity? Hundal and Dhalla have been having a sign war. 5 neighbours on my street keep getting signs put on their lawns and they never requested them. Each day they pull them out, the next day they are back in. Hundal and Dhalla signs.My next door neighbour is so upset. She doesn't want a sign on her property the represents things she doesn't stand for. She has filed a complaint with elections canada and they said they will also be performing an audit on Dhalla campaign. So maybe this corruption will come to an end by the next election. So integrity? not very present in this riding. I have voted liberal 3 times in my life and conservative once, this eleciton I am voting NDP. The Hundal and Dhalla campaigns seem so corrupt to me. Its too bad the issues have been lost in this corrupt mess once again. It might not happen this election, but it would be great to see the NDP send a message to Dhalla and Hundal, you shouln't be able to win elections when you break so many rules and force signs on people's property. So integrity? Are you serious?


education does play a vital role for such a position as MP. so does work and life experience, it can clearly be seen that Sam Hundal is the best candidate for the Brampton-Springdale. he has not only studied all over the world but has contributed an endless list to the community. hes been living in brampton for 30 years and has helped out in so many aspects.

I see that racist remarks are being made and that makes me sick as i am a proud punjabi who is residing in brampton. I see that language is such a big factor to many individuals but i also see that not everybodys english is perfect. Malhi for example, does not speak english but as pointed out before you ignorant people have elected him to chair many times.

furthermore, only a man of intregrity can actually stand for such a position as MP and I KNOW Sam Hundal is that man, as pointed out Ruby dhalla is trying to get her media attention. on her site it has a request if you want her to show up at a ribbon cutting or party once again just so she can get her face posted on the front cover of the Brampton gaurdian.

her signs are posted all over city property. her people go around posting signs on people lawns before asking the home owners. only to see the home owners digging them out the next day. pretty pathetic i can say.

vote right vote conservative


education does play a vital role for such a position as MP. so does work and life experience, it can clearly be seen that Sam Hundal is the best candidate for the Brampton-Springdale. he has not only studied all over the world but has contributed an endless list to the community. hes been living in brampton for 30 years and has helped out in so many aspects.

I see that racist remarks are being made and that makes me sick as i am a proud punjabi who is residing in brampton. I see that language is such a big factor to many individuals but i also see that not everybodys english is perfect. Malhi for example, does not speak english but as pointed out before you ignorant people have elected him to chair many times.

furthermore, only a man of intregrity can actually stand for such a position as MP and I KNOW Sam Hundal is that man, as pointed out Ruby dhalla is trying to get her media attention. on her site it has a request if you want her to show up at a ribbon cutting or party once again just so she can get her face posted on the front cover of the Brampton gaurdian.

her signs are posted all over city property. her people go around posting signs on people lawns before asking the home owners. only to see the home owners digging them out the next day. pretty pathetic i can say.

vote right vote conservative


I must say I love the back and forth rivalry from everyone. I definately think that Dhalla is not suitable to represent us anymore as her motives lye too much towards promoting herself in the public eye. I also met Mr. Hundal before, and it is obvious how badly he wants to fulfill becoming MP before he retires. I haven't met Mather, but from the feedback from this site she seems to be really passionate and not simply here for selfish gains. I dont know who I really WANT as my MP, but I do know that Dhalla annoys me beyond no end and I think she is too full of herself and speaks words but thats all she does. They're empty, like shes reading from a script...all empty. I definately think she needs a wake up call. She can't make it into Bollywood this way, and she really needs to stop resorting to her Bollywood connections to impress this riding.


BOBBY
Your semi personal attacks on both NDP Anna Mather and the liberal candidate are getting tired. Issues Bobby Issues it is an election man. At this rate we will soon be voting on who has the nicest shoes

Perhaps I can help Bobby what do you think of the NDP plans for....
-independent gasoline price watchdogs
-the protection of workers' pensions
-Allowing people without status who call Canada home the opportunity for legal status, in the context of humanitarian and compassionate relaxation of the rules


Bobby, I'm old enough to recognize an opportunistic schmuck when I see one.
Perhaps Anna Mather and Ruby Dhalla are young in relation to Mr.Hundal. They are also young enough that they still have their ideals and
a clear vision. I'm not prepared to send a "floater" to Ottawa.


Natasha,
you are acting like you were in one of those grad 4 classes. Obviously you have not done your research. I am not here to make up propaganda. I am strictly posting the facts. please read up on your candidates. Hands down Sam Hundal is the obvious more qualified constituent


John,
I dont have a problem with them being female, it's just that one of them has not finished University and the other only finished her post graduate program less than five years ago.. I dont know how old you are, but most people can agree that the knowledge you get from post education experience out-weighs the textbook knowledge that you learn by schooling.


I just want to ask Mr. Atwal that no matter how much he tries to promote Mr. Hundal. But I am sorry to say that even with the age and time Mr. Hundal could not even bring the courage to come in front of grade 4 and 6 students and absented himself from the all candidate meeting. He is complete disappointment as a candidate. He could deliver anything in front of small children, what is he going to take to Ottawa. I request everyone in the riding, vote anyone but do not vote Mr. Hundal as it will be a disgrace for Brampton.

Natasha


Bobby, I think the problem you have with Anna Mather and Ruby Dhalla stems from the fact that they are both female, articulate, and impassioned about what they stand for. Sam Hundal can barely speak english .


Randy... with age come's experience. I am sure you will not doubt that. Taking that into consideration, both Ruby Dhalla and Anna Mathers do not have what it takes. I agree that race, gender, sexual preference or religion should not influence anyones decision.


BTW my answer to my question is no.

I like to think that my vote should help other Canadians. I am fortunate enough to be employed, healthy and happy. Saving a few dollars on a rebate does not get my vote. Protecting Public health care, improving social programs, cleaning up the environment, caring for people before corporations and even helping other countries, that is how the NDP get my vote.

PC Bob!..what I said about race, sex and religion I guess you should add AGE to that list.


Can someone please clarify whether Anna Maahter's is still in school finishing her degree or whether she has completed it? I am hearing mixed responses regarding that. If she still does not have a degree.. how wise would we be to elect her into parliment? Obviously if elected she would not have time to finish her studies as the responsibily of MP for Brampton/Springdale would be overwhelming. I cannot beleive a 24 year old with no degree is even running for parliment.


How appropriate are Pradeep's comments on Martin Luther King Day?

As a "visible minority" Canadian the following statement concerns me ' The Indian community needs to realize that even the NDP candidate is not Indian she still deserves attention".

Big white elephant spotted in Brampton Springdale, I am so glad Pradeep saw it and mentioned it.

Should a candidate's race, sex, religion or physical ability be a deciding factor in your vote? This is not a rhetorical question it would be great to see the responses.


I would like to say that i am a proud to support the conservative party. Sam Hundal, has alot to offer to the community and it would be a smart choise to vote conservative this election. Although I am a conservative supportor i was told by many that the liberal candidate Ruby Dhalla is difficult to get a hold of and as i had a bone to pick with her with regards to her showing up at my grandfathers funeral and making it a publicity stunt for herself hoping to gather a few extra votes, i thought id give her a quick ring and ask, and to my surprise she didnt have the decency in her to reply back to my calls. the people at her office answering the phone were RUDE. I see that many people have pointed out that Sam Hundal does not speak good english, neither do the people managing Dhallas office so theres not much of a difference. i am dissapointed with the bias remarks with regards to language as i know this country is multicultural, and some of these remarks may be regarded as racist by many. i think people need to watch what they are saying before the speak. overall, Sam Hundal is an amazing candidate, so make the right choice on January 23rd.

VOTE SAM HUNDAL
www.samhundal.com


Mike, I'm sorry you feel its a "mute" statement, but oxymorons aside, I feel my statements are quite valid.First of all, I would like to know who is contributing to Joe Harper's campaign. Why is the Tory camp evasive when asked to shed light on what is quickly becoming a major issue in the campaign?
Secondly, this talk about the Liberals being " aloof and corrupt " is completely ridiculous. The Liberals have had balanced budgets for the past eight years. The economy is robust and growing beyond expectation, and yet there are those who would like to hand over the reins to Harper? Martin has made the economy thrive! Harper would destroy the economy, not because he is a tory, but because he just doesn't have the experience to run the economy like Martin.


With respect to Ruby trying to appeal to the Indian Community she has alienated the IC by voting for SSM. Her paid ads on a local radio show are getting irritating. She doesn't even know that India has states and not provinces. Check this out:

SITE

Ruby claims that Chief Minister Captain Arminder Singh is a Premier of Punjab. I hope Ruby does not represent us in the State of Ontario.



Just to inform Susan Kar, Alastair Sinclair is still the Official Campaign Manager for Ruby. I would advise anyone to confirm that with the campaign office of Dr. Ruby Dhalla at 905) 450-1126. So whoever said to you that he isn't is wrong and misleading. This is once again a smear trying in anyway possible to bring down the Liberals. Good Job!


I grew up here and was very pleased with the representation we received with Dr. Dhalla as our MP. This is a largely working class riding. It is very multicultural. The older parts of the area (where I now live) are on the verge of a regenesis - with some beautiful character homes on tree lined streets.

I would love to see this riding as a vibrant, safe, growing, and prosperous part of the city. I am convinced that despite the scandals (and let's be honest - any government has them), the Liberals are the only answer for achieving these goals here.

Look at what they have done for the national economy. That alone speaks volumes. But then there are low unemployment rates, movement towards achieving our Kyoto targets, equal access to marriage for all Canadians, balanced budgets, and defecit reduction. These are all thanks to having a Liberal government in office.

At best, the NDP can add a few votes one way or another in the House of Commons, which is not a bad thing - just not terribly effective, unless we have another minority government. The Conservatives (definitely NOT the Progressive Conservatives) just do not belong in a riding like ours that embraces it's diversity, as they clearly do not seem to embrace it as a national party. A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf, and should be carefully guarded against. I still see this party as the extremist Reform Party re-packaged into something that is still irrelevant to most rational Canadians.

As for the NDP, I support many of their social stances on the environment, rights, social programs. However, many of their views are not all that far off from those of the more influential Liberals. Ideally, I would like to see the (note small "l")liberal and truly more Canadian parties (the Liberals & NDP) band together, unite even, to keep the government of this fine country in the hands of people working for the good of all Canadians, not just the narrow-minded, wealthy, white, homophobic, fundamentalist Christian, oil producing minority.

Until there is a single, solid, and united left, I choose to vote to keep the balance of power on the side of true Canadian values, to vote for a party that can enact the change that will be good for our riding - I choose to vote Liberal.

Brian McIntyre


Well the discussion here I must say is very live and active. Also everyone here seems to have taken a side with on of the parties. Well here is a good question. This year there will thousands of youth who turn 18 before the election. If all of them have received a Canadian education they will definitely vote. The problem is watching all the debates not much was said about the youth. The youth are the future of this country and not much is being done accommodate them. Someone give me a view on this.
Being a highschool student who would get to vote this year. I wrote a letter to each and every party leader as well as my riding candidates. As to this day I have not received a reply. The youth need to be tended to

Mandip


All households in the riding received a mailer from our MP right around the start of the election (mine actually arrived after the election was called).

While not a campaign brochure (ie. it was paid for by taxpayers not her campaign...convenient) it certainly has the look and feel of a campaign brochure...one of the advantages incumbents have.

On the back of the brochure is the City of Brampton's official logo. Either this logo has been used by permission (ie. the City endorses Dr. Dhalla) or it was misappropriated. Ask the candidate and ask your representatives at city hall.

I did. No permission was asked for. The logo was simply taken from the City's web page. A clear attempt by Dr. Dhalla and her people to imply she had the city's support/endorsement.

I am outraged by this approach and it is a signal, to me, of the gamesmanship that this politician will play. It was/is, enough to sway my vote...how will it effect yours?


Bramptonians,

I used to know Rubby before she became MP for Brampton. Let me tell you one thing "She is not Trustworthy". All she want being an MP is "Attention from Media and Popularity" Please vote for some one Mature and Responsible.


Anna Mathers is only 24 years old (shocked) clearly NO life experience on her resume! She is fresh out of University.


Oh Yah,

forgot to mention, that was the same year (1992) Sam Hundal received Ontario's Outstanding Achievement Award.


Age; Ruby Dhalla is 31 years old and I beleive that Anna Mather's is about the same. I beleive they are too younge to be representing Brampton/Springdale in parliment. The year that Ruby was allowed to vote (18) was the year that Mr. Sam Hundal won the Governor General's 125th Commemorative Canada Medal (1992). A honour far beyond the reaches of Ruby Dhalla. But that is not all, Sam Hundal's list go on and on. Cleary the folk of Brampton/Springdale can distinguish between who the right candidate is for our riding.
Can i get the offical title as PC Bob now?


I was an undecided voter until a couple of days ago. My home has been visited by Mr. Hundal and Mrs. Dhalla and both of them made me feel like they were selling me their ideas. Ms. Mather visited my house a few days ago and actually talked like someone who cares about issues. I am not fully aware of all the political issues facing our country, but Ms. Mather is certainly dedicated, sincere and intelligent. After her visit I researched the NDP a little bit. This time around they have my vote and my entire family's vote. It was so refreshing to meet a candidate who acted like a real person rather than a door-to-door salesperson-and it was only a 1 minute visit! The Indian community needs to realize that even the NDP candidate is not Indian she still deserves attention. The fight between Hundal and Dhalla is ugly and the issues are nowhere to be found between those two.
for the first time in my life my family and I are voting for NDP.


Oh ya
Is anyone as anxious for change as I am? I voted in the advanced polls and was wondering if anyone else has.


Liberal Mike
When was Anna Mather "throwing insults and what not at inopportune times"?? What were the insults? Merely disagreeing and having well informed counter arguments during a debate is not an insult. If that were the case all of these postings would be rude - right Liberal Mike?

I'm pretty sure no one in the debate called Miss Dhalla a liar when she IMPLIED she had something to do with the already ailing P3 (PRIVATE) hospital in Brampton. No one called Miss Dhalla Petty (not pretty) when she TRIED TO LINK gun crime and murder to some vandalized signs.


Dear Liveral Mike,

First of all, I'm pretty sure Anna understands "what life is like for an unemployed person or middle class individual" as she probably had to "struggle to make ends meet while in post secondary education" as you so astutely pointed out.

Secondly, although it may be true that Ruby has seen 'the health care system up close,' it should be noted that as a chiropractor, she operates out of a private clinic and offers her services 'for-profit.' Therefore, she has actually only seen the 'private' health care system up close.

I also think that you have unfairly failed to recognize that Anna does have political experience beyond the classroom as she has worked on numerous campaigns in the past. And community activism, such as her outreach program 'Students against Hunger,' shows where her priorities lie. From what I can tell, she is an honest and hard working young woman whose passion for the 'little guy' really comes across when you speak to her in person.

But beyond this candidate-comparison debate, interesting as it is, I think we should really be discussing the issues at hand. Fundamentally, the values of the 3 parties are different. So far, only the NDP has had the guts to say 'no' to wasteful corporate tax cuts and has actually put this money back into the public services we need and deserve.


I am the Mike that supports Ruby and the Liveral party (just so we are clear). It is nice to meet both Sasha and Mike and its good to have such a lively debate about the candidates.

I must say though, my goodness, I feel like I'm being bombarded here, but you'll not be rid of me that easy. :-)

It would be nice to see which MP's have actually been able to accomplish anything in their ridings over the last 18 months since most of their time has been spent in Ottawa. If the opposition would quit wasting time and allow bills to be past, and bickering to cease then perhaps something would have been accomplished iin the past year and a half. In total, we are spending x amount of money on this election and when all is said and done, we are probably going to be in the exact same position we are in now (a minority government).

To answer Mike's final question in the age of Ruby Dhalla - she is in her thirties, but what separates her from Anna is the fact that she has experienced life to a degree. She has her psyiotherapy office that has allowed her to see the health care system up close, and has had live life as a Canadian for so many years before coming into politics. Anna, on the other hand, is fresh out of university and schooling and will be of the NDP mindset as she, like all other students in this country have to struggle to make ends meet while in post secondary education. As a recent graduate myself, I know what life is like after school and you don't know everything that you think you do. All I'm saying is that I think you have to experience life outside of a school atmosphere (excluding politics) before you can really represent a riding and understand what people will want. How do you expect her to understand what life is like for an unemployed person or middle class individual if she has yet to experience that herself. Maybe its just me, but I feel as though you have to bring some sort of background to the table before you can represent a group of people.

It will nonetheless, be interesting to see what happens in the riding. If there is as much support out there for Anna as this board boasts, and there is almost equal support for both the PC's and Liberals (as recent polls suggest), then we will have ourselves one heck of a three horse race. Only time will tell.


Since we are on the topic of Qualifications, It is evident that Mr. Sam Hundal is superior. If you investigate his bio you will clearly see that he has vast political and life experience's that make his the most suitable candidate for this riding.


Dear Mike (the one who supports Ruby Dhalla),

Anna Mather is a highly qualified individual for the position of MP and her education supports that fact. To say that her education does not qualify her for this position because she lacks experience is absolute nonsense. Actually, it is quite refreshing to see an individual as young as her with such academic qualifications.

In addition, everyone has to start somewhere. Certainly she has never been in this type of position before but what makes you think she will not be able to handle it? Her intelligence and education suggest otherwise.

"Ms. Dhalla has more experience and brings more to the table than the rest." - I really dont know what in the world your referring to. More experience? Yeah, right. Tell me something she's genuinely done for this community.


Mike,

It appears as if there are two of us and so as not to confuse any bloggers I am the one that DOES NOT support Ruby Dhalla.

Sasha's comments about Anna Mather highlight a candidate that clearly has the potential to be an elected M.P. Voters will determine if she and her party represent the will of the majority here in Brampton-Springdale. It appears and sounds as if she not only has the qualifications and experience to be an M.P., but she also has the dignity and class that go along with it.

I can only imagine that the one interested in 'celebrity status' would be the BOLLYWOOD movie star herself and not Sam Hundal. I find it difficult to accept that a supporter of the Liberal party, the party of IMMIGRANTS can so easily make fun of someone whose first language is not english and as a result is perhaps not as fluent. I have not, nor will I make such derogatory statements about the Liberal incumbent Gurbax Malhi in Bramalea-Gore-Malton who shares similar language challenges. Sounds to me that being Liberal and supporting Immigrants these days comes with a special rule book.

No one is wasting their time by involving themselves in an election, and to say that about Ian Chiocchio or any other candidate is rich. To ignore the reality that almost 5% of Canadians agreed with their platform yet again underscores Liberal apathy for other Canadians that do not share their confused point of view.

Of course Ruby does have the mentality to be a current M.P. She perfectly reflects the arrogant and elitist point of view of her party. Her Debate performance was clearly an example of how she and the Liberal party ignore compassion and inclusiveness by attacking the other candidates personally. The new Parliament will hopefully change that view by banishing her party to Opposition status where it belongs. A new Parliament without the Liberals in Power will restore ethical and values driven representation.

To address your "too young" age remarks. It does not and should not matter in politics, if it did why allow 18 year olds to vote? We allow them to vote because at that age we believe amongst many things that they are capable of cognitive reasoning. It amazes me how so-called Liberals can and do marginalize so many Canadians. Was Ruby not saying she and her party are the party of Canadians? What about being inclusive, tolerant and accepting of everyone? Unfortunately the Liberals have been enjoying too much "Popcorn and Beer" lately and are suffering from a belated hangover.

By the way how old is Ruby? She looks around 30ish. Does that qualify her or should we be looking for someone with a little more experience, say in their forties or fifties? To me it is all about the individual irregardless of age.


Sasha, there is a difference between someone who is knowledgable in a subject - like I'm sure Anna Mather is. It is one thing to have a the education and the neccessary skills to do a job, but to put them in practice in real life is a totally different story. Just because someone has studied a particular subject or has studied abroad, does not mean that they know how to handle that situation they've always read about in the textbook, when faced with it first hand.

I'll give you the fact that Anna is educated, but that doesn't mean she will do what's right when she comes face to face with a problem. And the last time I checked, she has little experience in an environment such as the Commons.

She even struggled her way through the debate on local television. She has the typical mentality of a 20-something - throwing insults and what not at inopportune times. She is too young and lacks the expertise necessary to garner my vote.


MIKE...ARGH!
'Anna Mather is too young and inexperienced for political office, perhaps something at the municipal level is more suited for her' I beg to differ

1) Dhalla's 18 month sojourn into politics courtesy of Martin waiving his magic wand does not a seasoned politician make. Come to think of it Bollywood doesn't either.

2) What happened to the last election line that Ruby was going to be a great breath of fresh air....Not so fresh now?

3) Ruby "has done what an MP should do while in office"...if you mean the same thing the rest of the liberals have done in the last 13 years, NOT MUCH...then I have to agree

4) Municipal government is not a hatchery

Please see SOME of ANNA MATHER'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
* Graduated as an Ontario Scholar from Turner Fenton Secondary School (Yes the one in Brampton)
* Attended the University of Toronto, earning an honours degree with a double major in Political Science and Sociology
* Attended Oxford University the summer of 2005
* Studied the effects of NAFTA and an integrated North America at American University in Washington, D.C.
* Public Relations Coordinator for Astral Media
* Engaged as a broadcast journalism intern at the CTV Washington News Bureau

I think if you want knowledgeable representation in Parliament, Anna Mather maybe just the choice for you.


After watching the all-candidates debates for this riding, I have come to the following conclusions:
- Anna Mather is too young and inexperienced for political office, perhaps something at the municipal level is more suited for her.
- Sam Hundal has no idea what he is talking about. He's lucky if he puts a full sentence together that makes sense. All he does is read from the PC platform...how about you talk about something personal and something you can do for the riding. Its great and all that he lives in the riding, but to me, he's looking to gain celebrity status as an MP at the expense of voters.
- Ian Chiocchio is wasting his time and money. His future is not in politics and his platform, like all Green Party candidates is dull and unattainable.
- Dr. Ruby Dhalla is an inquisitive young woman who emplores dedication and has the mentality of what it takes to be in federal politics. Granted she was parachuted in last election, but she has done what an MP should do while in office (unlike Mr. Assadourian).
Do me a favour and vote for the voice in the riding. Yes you may like Mr. Harper or Layton, but can you live with the people that represent their values and standards in our riding. Ms. Dhalla has more experience and brings more to the table than the rest. But my vote only counts once, so who knows what will happen.


Very interesting comments in this hot democratic process, some of them look like professional staffers. Ruby Dhalla does not live in this riding not a big issue for me. It took her almost three months to open the constituent office. No body was even answering the phone at that time; did we really need office to answer phone? It looks so immature to take claim for hospital, the process was stated about seven years ago and I still remember when my real agent told me in 98 that very soon hospital will be coming at this place. Moreover the construction was started before last provincial election. Did we really need politician who lie in plane daylight. The politicians who are sincere they do not have to make claims, people will recognize their work for sure.


Ruby Ruby Ruby.....
I decided to cast my vote today and was OUTRAGED to to see Ruby Dhalla Liberal Signs on the Polling Station Property. Did anyone else notice signs where they shouldn't be?

I'm sure there are rules about not having political signs located at a polling station....or maybe the liberals are ENTITLED to follow a different set of rules than everyone
else.


The discussion board in this riding is probably one of the most active and it goes to show that people are really involved in the political system which is good!

However, while I would like to count my views and opinions as 'liberal', I do think that politicians that are elected to the House of Parliament should be held more accountable.

Constituents elect a representative to do just that, REPRESENT their needs in the House. But how can Ruby Dhalla do that when she was absent for 17 days in which Parliament was in progress and introduced ZERO bills. I ask you, what has she really done for this riding? What has she really done at all? How can anyone cast a vote for her, when a vote for Ruby Dhalla, is a vote wasted.

In addition, I was deeply upset when in the Brampton-Springdale debate, she made it appear that the creation of the new hospital was something that she was responsible for. But I would like to say that the creation of the hospital was a collective effort by many individuals that took many years and I doubt anyone would add her to the list of credits.

She does not live in the riding, she does not know what concerns us, she has not done anything significant in the House of Commons, and she has not represented our views. How can anyone possibly re-elect someone that has done nothing?


John,

So the real point of this election is to scrap Kyoto and Social Programs??? You are saying it has NOTHING to do with the SCANDALS and CORRUPTIONS that have plagued and haunted this Liberal Government. Well I believe the NDP, Conservative, Bloc, The Green party and most of Canada would disagree with you.

For the record Green House gas emissions have risen 24% under the current Liberal Government, so much for adhering to the Kyoto Protocol.

In addition, history correctly records that it was the LIBERALS post 1993 who undertook the dismantling of our social programs by significantly reducing Provincial Transfer Payments in order to eliminate our deficit and begin paying down our debt.

Personally I admire the Liberals for these tough decisions, it has helped us financially plan for a better future. Unfortunately along the way many within the Liberal Party were Corrupted by the Power and hence the scandals. As a young Canadian I appreciate the work they did to combat the 'deficits' and 'debts'that have strangled and suffocated our country, it has given me hope for my and future generations. We can argue that it was Mulroney's, Turner's and Trudeau's fault for running up these accounting nightmares but that really does not solve the problem.

The statement "A vote for Harper is a vote for George Bush" is uninformed and ridiculous. There are absolutely no similarities with the geo-politics of Bush and Harper, even the so-called Conservative fiscal and economic priniciples of them are different. This Bush/Harper argument is trotted out to emotionally charge people and has no basis in fact, it is simply fiction. I believe all Canadians of all Political Parties are in agreement that we do not share the same 'hawkish' foreign policy position of the George Bush Administration.

Would Harper really have sent troops to Iraq, I personally hope not as my brother was at the time a member of the Canadian forces. Any assertion that we would be there is PURE SPECULATION. I clearly remember this time in our history, for me with the possibility of my brother being deployed it was personal. I remember all parties and leaders cautiously rendering their opinions. All leaders supported a U.N. enforced mandate and game plan to deal with Iraq. Martin explored and entertained the idea of sending what troops we could have sent, in my opinion he did what a Prime Minister should do in this case which is to investigate and look at the possibilities. Interestingly enough, Harper did the same thing but he is vilified for it and called a warmonger.

Even if we are to believe that Harper would have sent troops, my simple question is WHICH REGIMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN SENT??? At the time we would not have been able to send combat troops because we were stretched too thin. Most of all our combat Regiments were already committed and deployed elsewhere. So statements like 'he would have sent troops to Iraq' are quite mute.

As for Ruby living here I do care. I think it is this kind of 'casual' who cares attitude that has unfortunately gripped us in Canada. I personally could not represent a riding in which I did not live. Thankfully at least our Mayor, City Councillors, Regional Councillors and M.P.P. live here so that they can be our true voice. For me it has never been about voting for a Party, it has always been about the individual who is running. I see in Brampton two strong Brampton Voices that are our Candidates, both Sam Hundal and Anna Mather warrant our support before Ruby Dhalla and her ethically challenged Liberals.


John
If you are worried about protecting Kyoto and the Environment and you are worried about social programs like Health Care there is NO DIFFERENCE between the liberals and the conservatives. The NDP have the best environmental platform and the other parties can't touch the NDP policy on Social programs.

If you are proud about Canada not going to Iraq perhaps you should read about Canadian Troops in Afghanistan - our troops' rolls are changing from security to combat ( SITE )
The liberals just said to get ready for MORE CANADIAN CASUALITIES....still feel good about Iraq?

Anna Mather and the NDP seem to really have the concerns of ALL Canadians in mind.


why ruby is misleading people?
Her website still reads:

Alastair Sinclair
Campaign Manager
For the Dr. Ruby Dhalla Election Campaign
alastair@electruby.ca

but the truth is that Mr. Alastair Sinclair is not her Campaign Manager any more. He sence the sinking boat and made the wise decision.

so who is her campaign manager now?

on many occasions, her staff members(getting salaries from house of commons) funded by our tax money, have been seen working in her campaign office.

Her Website read "Many of you have asked why I left my career as a Doctor to pursue politics. The answer to me was clear. I believe that politics is a calling- it's a calling to be a voice for those who struggle to be heard"
Question: if she has that kind of passion for helping people, can she give a single example of her charity work, in the Brampton, before being elected as an MP in June 2004 and is she going to spend her time to help people even if she won't get elected.

Anna Mather and Sam are much more involved with the community and social work,a s compare to ruby
Compare the experience of ruby (before being MP)against her opponents by clicking on following links:

SITE
SITE

Good Luck for Jan 23


most of you people are missing the real point about this election, Steven Harper wants to scrap Kyoto,and
slash social programs, thats what his party is all about. A vote for Harper
is a vote for George Bush. Harper would have sent Canadian troops to Iraq! By the way Ruby Dhalla rocks, and so what if she doesn't live in Brampton.


I have read with great interest the post's for the riding I have called home for 25+ years. Currently I am away completing a Graduate Degree and as a result will be unable to vote in what I believe will be a closely contested race in Brampton-Springdale.

I did have a chance however to view the Debates before returning to school and was thoroughly entertained by the adolescent antics dispayed by our incumbent M.P. Ruby Dhalla. She attacked the other candidates, especially the Conservative one. She acted as if she had already won the election with her arrogant, self-righteous behaviour.

Her grandstanding went further by claiming responsibility for Municipal and Provincial infrastruture investments like our new Hospital and Roadways.

She also claimed that she is a Resident of our Riding by condescendingly accusing the Conservative candidate of not doing his research. Either she is LYING or the Brampton Guardian newspaper is. They ran a story in mid December that said she was 'looking' for a place in which to live in the riding. If she purchased a property in the 2-3 week interim, it would have been virtually impossible to move in that quickly to satisfy her claim. There would have been legal and financial requirements/restraints in addition to the Holiday Season playing havoc with peoples schedules. If we are to believe she managed to do all this in this short window of time, how could anyone from any of the other parties have done any research to discover her new address? My question is why after 18 months as our elected M.P. did she not have the decency to live in the constituency she purports to represent? If she moved here in June 2004 or shortly after that election it would not be as big an issue today, but she has made it one by her failure to relocate here.

In my opinion, we should not have even sent her to Ottawa in the first place because of her lack of knowledge about Brampton's history, traditions and special interests. This can only be gained by LIVING HERE. Would we want our Mayor or M.P.P. coming from outside our electoral boundaries to do the needed work and business of our city? Who does she know in Ottawa or in the Prime Minister's Office that gave her special priveledge to be the appointed Brampton-Springdale Candidate???

We as citizens of Brampton have seen and been treated to this Liberal candidate 'appointment' game before with Sarkis Assadourian. He,like Ruby was forced upon us, thereby circumventing any attempt by the local Liberal riding association to produce a viable Brampton candidate of the ridings choosing. Does this mean that in a population of over 100,000 people in Brampton-Springdale there is not a qualified Liberal candidate that can call Brampton home?

I also found her accusation of sign vandalism to be quite libelous and inflammatory. Does she have proof that these individuals actually are or were a part of the Conservative Candidate's Campaign team? Or could they instead be disgruntled Brampton citizens, or for that matter even former Ruby Dhalla supporters who have had enough of her and the Liberal government? The Conservative Candidate mentioned his office had been broken into and vandalised, I did not hear him accuse anyone of wrongdoing, instead he was more interested in explaining as best he could his parties policies amid Ruby's taunts and chides.

The Conservatives have been and are targets of Liberal attack ads and fear mongering as evidenced by their ridiculous assertion that a Conservative Government would have 'Armed Soldiers' in the streets. What an insult to our brave men and women in uniform, not to mention an insult to the intelligence of all Canadians. In my opinion she and the Liberals are just appealing to their age old Liberal fear and smear tactics in the hope of influencing voter opinion and sentiments. Does she really believe that the citizens of Brampton can be fooled and pandered too yet again by the same old Liberal strategies of fear and campaign trail promises? I for one sincerely hope we are not.

What does this say about the Liberals? I submit it speaks volumes about a party that currently will "SAY ANYTHING" and "STAND FOR NOTHING". I hope my fellow citizens in Brampton chose wisely on January 23.

Our country needs to remove the Liberal government from power so that they can reflect upon the wrongdoings, arrogance, scandals and entitlements that they are renown for. Perhaps they can reorganize and clean up their house in the time off we hopefully give them, that way they can restore some semblance of integrity, accountability and order within their party.

Who would I vote for on January 23 if I were back home, well that is personal. What I can say is I definately would not mark an X beside the name RUBY DHALLA and the Liberal Party. I'll leave your choice up to you my fellow Brampton citizens. For me, it's back to my school books.


Hey Sasha
Enough talk of Models and Actors.I think Bill C-272 was a GREAT NDP bill that I know MISS Dhalla voted AGAINST. This bill would ensure that family reunification is key to immigration policies. It was going to broaden and better define the scope of sponsors.


The present Liberal leadership has pushed all the senior level leaders out of the party. The way they planted Ms Dhalla to our riding was another blow to the democratic values in this Party. I will suggest to all the Bramptotnians to vote for some one other than Liberals, so that next time democratic process can be restored in Liberal party


I think the picture is clear now.On one side we have corrupt liberals who abused the absolute power given to them by the people to benefit their family and friends at the expenses of tax payers.
On the other side there are conservatives who want to cut on social programes,health care and bring in American style health care (I don't want to pay for American Missiles too).We Ontarians have seen Mike Harris's Nonsense revolution.
I think NDP platform means a lot for average middle class working people and NDP was able to extract a lot good from Liberals in the last Budget.
My vote this time is for NDP(used to vote Liberals)


I can't believe that how K.Mirza defending Ruby because she is actress & Model.Are we going to vote actress or we going to vote who can serve the people of Brampton-Springdale.Ruby had hard time to decide for Same sex marrige Bill.then she vote in favour of bill because she wants to help her friend a radio host.
Ruby Dhalla does not live in the riding which she represents. In my opinion this shows disrespect to all the great people living in Brampton-Springdale.
Every body should vote in this riding and vote for candidates who can give us some results.
Is there is any condition only people who can speak Good English can be M.P.?

Let us vote on 23


Does anyone know what is BILL C-272 is about?


Here is the classic example for all Liberal supporters to know who think that Ms. Dhalla is an excellent candidate to represent and manage this riding. For your kind information she can not handle her own campaign, she can not even keep Campaign Manager and he left her in the midst of the campaign. I hope all the bramtonians wake and save this great city from these kind of people who can not even manage their own campaign.

God Bless Brampton and Bramptonians.


Kudos to the "nonpartisan average" Canadian Neil Dhalla (yes Ruby's brother) in the Liberal TV spot.


Harper complaining for 18 months until an election call, Ruby and Sam fighting over signs, Harper and Martin crying over attack ads, Duceppe caring only for Quebec, and Ruby refusing to help immigrants with BILL C-272 all Getting NOTHING DONE for Canadians!
It seems evident that Anna Mather, Jack Layton and the NDP are the only ones putting Canada first not themselves or their party. With the NDP there are no vote buying scams, no lies, no sense of entitlement - just honesty and hard work. Protecting public health care, affordable housing, caring for seniors, the environment, our pensions (I could go on) these are the real issues that concern Anna Mather.


It appears to me that it's actually Lisa that is a part of the Ruby Dhalla camp. I did not post anything up on this site to prove myself or defend myself to anyone. You post what you want and how you feel about the election and the candidates and that is what I did. There are plenty of neighbourhoods in Brampton and Springdale. And there are many types of different people living in the Brampton - Springdale riding. If your neighbourhood in particular believes that Ruby Dhalla is the best candidate then that's fine. It just so happens that my neighbourhood and most of the people I know happen to think that Sam Hundal is the better candidate. It really angers me when people make fun of Mr. Hundal's english. First of all, I'd like to ask all of you people with your perfect Canadian accents why you have re elected Malhi for the past 13 years when he himself cannot speak proper English?? Why do you still have Malhi as your MP? You want to know why? It's because he's a liberal and no matter who is running for Mp, people will always side with the liberals because they are too afraid to try something new. And I know that if the tables had been turned and if Hundal was a Liberal and Dhalla was the conservative then all of you would have nothing to say about Hundal's english. You people make me sick. I'd like everyone who had anything to say about my post or Reeta's post to take a good look at www.samhundal.com. Do your research before you decide to speak pleasee people!! Vote Sam Hundal! Vote Conservative!


It appears to me that the discussion about Ruby Dhalla's address avoids the real issue of Liberal lies corruption and incompetence.
Neither Hundal or Dhalla adequetley represent Bramptonians, merely the East Indian community. However our saving grace is that whoever is elected will toil in obscurity in deepest, darkets back benches.
This means that only those voters who support corruption, elitism, incompetence and finacical mismanagemnt should vote Liberal. All others should vote Conservative! Send a message to the Liberals-make them accountable for their actions.


It is obvious from reading Patricia and Reeta"s comments that these have been written by the Sam Hundal Camp. Patricia and Reeta actually sound like kids themselves. i was undecided and watched the debate myself. it is evident from the debate that Ruby Dhalla conducted herself with a tremendous amount of grace and class. Personally after watching the debates its obvious that Ruby is well spoken and very intelligent. As a resident for Brampton why should Ruby Dhalla's campaign office give out her address. I wouldnt want anyone knowing mine. In the debate I was surprized at how well spoken she is. When she speaks she exudes passion. Hundal can barely put a sentence together in english. I think the Hundal people are jealous. After watching the debate Hundal knows that he cant compete with Ruby in a debate. I just heard that hundal has cancelled another debate. if he keeps on cancelling debates how will he represent me in ottawa. Ruby has done a great job in Ottawa . You talk to the majority of my neighbors and they will say she is the best mp Brampton has ever seen.


Reeta ur calling Ruby Dhalla immature and acting like a kid in the debate.. are you listening to what you are writing.. you sound more of a kid than anyone.. Just because Ruby was an actress/model does not reflect badly on her.. its simply one of many things that Ruby has accomplished in her short life.. And why is it such a big deal if she does or doesn't live in the riding.. I believe personally if she's doing whatever she can to make our community better then please go right ahead.. Just because she lived 10 minutes away from Brampton doesnt mean that she doesnt care about it... of course she does and Ruby has proven it over the last year... By putting Brampton-Springdale on the map! Also Reeta I suggest you take a look at what Ruby has accomplished before you ramble your point.. And regarding the sign slashing, it was even on CBC that the police reported 2 people being caught and those 2 people were Sam Hundal supporters.. Ruby simply calls the facts.. She doesnt have to play the dirty politics that Sam Hundal's party has done.. I am a proud Liberal supporter especially a proud Ruby Supporter. She is an amazing canidate with soo much potential.. You have my full support Ruby!


Having met Ruby Dhalla on many occasions and knowing a lot about her from meaningful sources, I would personally not want her representing me and being my member of parliament. I think people are just afraid of trying something new and so we continue to let ourselves be taken advantange of by a Liberal government. I say it's time to try something new and I support Sam Hundal and the conservatives all the way! I've met Sam Hundal and Stephen Harper many times and must say was deeply impressed by what they had to say. As for people who make fun of Mr. Hundal's english should remember that Canada is all about equality and multiculturalism. You may not be able to understand his english but I do. If you take a look at Mr Hundal's website you will see everything he has done for this community and all the credentials that he has. Ruby Dhalla makes me sick. She accused Mr Hundal's team for slashing her signs yet she did not say anything about all of Mr Hundal's signs disapearing off Peter Robertson rd last year! One of which was mine. It was my neighbours that contacted the police when they happened to look outside and see their sign being kicked down. What does Miss Dhalla have to say about that?? Sooooooo immature. I was laughing while watching the debate at her immaturity. But was happy to see that Mr Hundal kept his cool and behaved maturely the whole time except at the end when he shut Miss Dhalla's mouth!!!! Let's go for a change and try out something different! Vote Conservative!!! Vote Sam Hundal!


Ruby Dhalla in her debate made comments with regards to the hospital being built in brampton...she has nothing to do with that, so why act like she does!! she kept pointing out that she was a member of parliament...what policies has she passed, and even if she did pass any how do they relate to those living in the brampton-springedale area...all i see is a face thats trying to get publicity..shes an actoress/model trying to gain media attention...furthermore, she goes on saying how shes moved into the area how many of you can confirm that? and even if she has, how can u compare her living in this city for maybe a week or even a year compared to 30 years...she only moved due to her occupation she didnt choose to move and serve the area but she had to move due to her appointment..compared to someone who calls brampton their home. Ruby Dhalla made clear accusations to Sam Hundal with regards to the slashing of her signs. Sam Hundal, in the previous elections did not make any accusations to the other candidates, as his signs were also slashed but he is not immature to blame others. she has childish tatics and needs to grow up...shes a child whose trying to play her cards right. shes not working for the community but is working for Paul Martin and only Paul Martin...and to add another paragraph to resume.


No one has been able to provide you with the information even though you have been callin since SATURDAY. Isnt that fishy. I would think that Ruby Dhalla's office would know her home address.
If she can't answer such a simple question as this, why is she in this community, particurly this riding???
Calling the office on 3 separate occaisions to get a simple answer as about her address, is riduclous.
Guess shes's not a registered voter in her own riding!!!


Jennifer, the Liberals and the Conservatives are the same thing.
Anna Mather and the NDP represent the change that is needed.
You should be as scared of the liberals as you are of the conservatives.


Ruby simply Probably did a address change of her license.. this will enable her to vote in the riding.. as for her owning/renting a house here.. she Doesn't.


I would like togive a big shout out to Ruby Dhalla I want to follow in your footsteps.


Can any Liberal n the riding of Brampton-Springdale, tell about Ruby Dhalla's home address in the riding. During the debate she said that she has moved into the riding.
If the move was done during this campaign, then we know it is fake and she is not moved. SHe is just making fool of voters. I called her office three times since last sat'day. No body was able to provide me the information about her move in to the riding.

what's going on, Can some please explain?


I live in ths riding,I drove to work everyday on Hwy 410.Everyday it is Jam Pack unsafe ,& unhealthy.None of the candidate spoke about that issue.How can they help to all three level of goverments to fix this problem.
I was undecied until debate for local candidates on Rogers on Sunday07,06.After debate I am going to vote Anna Mather she have good sence of houmer. Ruby Dalla-Lib
Sam Hundal-Con both of them act like kids. Both of them need to grow up & show some respect to each others & respect voters of Brampto -Springdale./


Vote Liberal! or Vote NDP! but I don't want to have a wolf in sheep's clothing in my backyard. For all those thinking of voting for this "New Conservative Party" ask yourself one question, would you have ever considered voting for the Reform Party? As that is who this "New Conservative Party" actually is. This is not the Conservative Party from 15 years ago, or even from 5 years ago, so to say you've always voted Conservative doesn't cut it anymore, the old Conservative Party doesn't exist, only scary Stephen Harper hoping that people will forget where he came from. Ask yourself, why didn't they call themselves the New Reform Party of Canada? Because they are trying to disguise themselves as something they are not. Vote Liberal or Vote NDP but please don't let Stephen Harper into our Neighbourhood.


I think its a little early in the campaign for Tushar to start complaining about Conservative negative ads.
The Liberal Fear Machine is just getting revved up for the last two weeks of the campaign to scare people into voting for them. I wonder if Tushar will be just as disgusted with the smear campaign that will come from the Liberals this time around. In the last election when they started getting desperate, out came the "Hidden Agenda" smear, and the "US-Style Health Care" smear, and both did not have any factual basis to them. They also trotted out the Nazi imagry by saying that minorities are in danger if Harper is elected. The only reason was to scare voters away from the NDP to prevent the Conservatives from taking seats.
Somehow I doubt Liberals will find anything wrong with their own "American-sytle attack ads", but I guess we will see. For the record, I don't think attack ads from any party are helpful, they just raise the rhetoric far too much.

I do agree with Tushar and some of the previous posts regarding Sam Hundal being the Conservative candidate. He performed horribly in the last election, and during the all-candidates debate he could not string together a coherent sentence in English. Perhaps the Conservatives would far better in this riding with a better candidate the next time around.


The partisan vitriol and poor spelling in the emails I have read indicates that democracy is alive and well in Brampton-Springdale. Ruby Dhalla's campaign office is just up the street from me. I note that her first signs said Team Martin and had a picture of Martin. The new signs do not mention Martin. Why? Martin's support of gay marriage will hurt her with many of the riding's religious constituants.
Most of the chiropractor's signs seem to be along the main streets rather than on residential streets. Sam Hundal seems to have more signs in residential areas.


Conservative Negative Ads Misleading Canadians
January 04, 2006

Stephen Harper says that the negative ads that he is running now are factual and claims to quote the Gomery report.

THE FACTS

The claims made by the Conservatives' negative, American-style attack ads are absolutely false.

As the CBC's Susan Ormiston reported (January 3, 2006), 'Justice Gomery never said the Liberal Party was corrupt, and he exonerated Paul Martin.' She went on to say that the headline used 'was from testimony which Gomery eventually threw out as not credible.'

In fact, the Globe and Mail headline with Benoit Corbeil's photo used by the Conservative ad refers to Benoit Corbeil's testimony.

In his report, Justice Gomery on page 313 (chapter 10.8), Testimony of BenoƮt Corbeil, states, 'On the basis of the answers he gave during his testimony, and on the basis of the impressions I received at that time, I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Corbeil is a fundamentally untruthful witness and that nothing that he says is worthy of belief.'

As Bernie Gauthier of Delta Media said on CTV on Jan. 3, 2006, using 'This ad bears all the hallmarks of sort of the U.S. Style of negative campaign ads. So you rip headlines out of the newspapers. You flash them. It gives the ad a sense of credibility.'

Canadians will not be fooled by the false Conservative attack ads.


re: Kinda's comment, if she lives in Brampton why would she tell the Brampton Gaurdian that shes does NOT and is planning on buying a house? You're either kinda lying, or kinda wrong. Lets wait until election day when she has to vote, and lets see WHERE she goes and votes. I have the feeling all of you ruby supporters that are dead wrong will be eating your words. AS for Sam Hundal, not only is he a thug, hes a terrible driver. The man cut me off on steeles and dixie, not a good thing to do when you've got your picture all over your ugly mercedes.


The comment by Jonathan is very revealing. A conservative supporter for 15 years is comfortable voting for a Liberal candidate? I think that says more about the similarities between the Conservative Party and the increasingly right-leaning Liberal Party, than it does about any candidate. It's clear to me - and many other voters - that Anna Mather and the NDP represent the only real option for people concerned about the future of this riding and this country.



re: Parry's Comment
Just to let you know, Dr. Dhalla is a resident of the Brampton. I will not give exact details but I can assure you that she is my neighbour and that she has kept her last election promise!
Also don't forget that our Member of Parliament has worked hard for us in Ottawa. In her first year she passed a Private Member's Motion which resulted with the creation of a Foreign Credential Recognition Secretariat in HRSDC.
So, hats off to her with all the events that she does attend, including the ribbon cuttings you referred to, she was able to achieve more in one year then most MPs do in their entire career.


Sam Hundal. can you speak english Sir.
I have hard time understanding you when you speak in your own lang. when you talk, you say over and over same word. Second are you thug I think you are as reading the mail by Rajinder singh,how can you represeant yor self in house of commen when you can not even value your own policies


I was a conservative for over 15 years until someone by the name of Sulukhan Hundal tried to run for MP in my riding. After listening to his policies and trying to understand what he was trying to say.. I was thinking to myself how the hec is this man going to represent me in Parliament if I can't even understand him in front of me. The Liberals after meeting with Ruby Dhalla solidified my vote and forever changed my vote. Ruby I have to say is very smart and I believe that she will have a strong voice for us. She's young, charismatic and very articulate. I was very impressed when I met her. Ruby after you came to my door you can be assured that you have my vote. I believe in you!


Lets take a look at Stephen Harper's resume. Because of all of Federal leaders, Stephen Harper is the one who has never had a real job in his life.

Harper has spent almost his entire adult life picking up a government paycheque, either as an aide, an policy hack or an opposition MP.

The one exception is when he ran the National Citizen's Coalition, which gave him a job when he bailed out as a Reform MP. (In his memoirs, Preston Manning called Harper "a quitter")

The NCC is a "non-partisan" thinktank created by a millionaire insurance company owner to oppose medicare in the 60's. The NCC also actively fought against allowing Vietnamese refugees into Canada in the late 70's.

The NCC's budget is $2.8 million a year, though its donors & spending are usually kept secret - mostly big corporations who use the NCC as a mouthpiece to push their crony capitalist agenda (privatizing health care, dismantling the Wheat Board so that big U.S. companies can take over grain distribution, spending lots more money on the military-industrial complex.)

So Harper spent a few years shilling for corporate interests and handing out awards to people like Conrad Black for being such good corporate citizens.

After that, Harper was PARACHUTED into a safe riding where he was elected MP.

In other words, he's never had experience running any organization where he had to deliver results - not privately, not publicly. He's a fan of them, sure - and he's willing to take their money.

Harper has spent his whole life in backrooms yakking about policy without ever dealing with the what the average Canadian faces. He's never actually DONE anything.


For those of you declaring Dr. Ruby Dhalla the winner of the Brampton Springdale riding, don't be so sure of yourself. Since the last election, Brampton Springdale contains a portion of the former Brampton Center, a riding I have live in for over 30 years. Brampton Center in the past has elected both Liberal and Conservative MPs. With the collapse of the Conservative party campaign shortly before the last election, I would have expected people in my area of the riding to vote Liberal. There is a change this time however, most signs on private lawns are Conservative signs. At the end of the day this doesn't surprise me, this section of the riding is unique from most of the riding and as been totally ignored by Dr. Ruby Dhalla and of course, the Liberal government whose see this riding as a safe seat. A word to the wise, when parties begin to see your riding as a safe seat, it's time to vote them out. Safe seats are seats taken for granted. Safe seats are seats that's government pay little or no attention to.


I feel sorry for the people like Matt who don't know damn thing about politics and Brampton as well. For every bodies kind information this so called star candidate called Ruby Dhalla nothing but bunch of lies, she still live in Mississauga in Creditview and Britannia neighbourhood with her mom any way that's her personal perogative. But from riding sake she havn't done any thing but showing her face and cut ribbons at the inaugral function regards that is a municipal or provincial matter, just to get free mileage out of that. She has been lieing to every body regarding Same Sex issue as well that she will take her constituents consent before she vote either way. I surely thing Brampton deserves a better representative than her regardless he/she is from Conservative or NDP party, who love Brampton and knows the real issues of Brampton and most of all lives in Brampton.
Not a lier who just occupies a place in Brampton during Election and not to show her face after the election, not accessible at all, never return any bodies call after the election and have no dignity for GOD Sake.
God Bless Brampton and Save us Bramptonian's from these kind of liers.


Dr. Dhalla came to my door a few days ago and i must say I was impressed with her poise and grace. She is extremely articulate, and has great knowledge of the issues affecting the riding. I was taken aback at her passion and commitment for the people of Brampton. Perhaps this is why sheleft a very successful career as a Doctor to pursue politics. She is a refreshing change and a breath of fresh air in the Canadian political scene. She deserves to get re-elected as she serves as a great role model for many young girls like my own daughter.


Lady Dalla, you have done very good job I wish you will do in future too.
Mr. Sam humdal, you were talking on family value last night with other member from KW riding on channel 626. First of all you family gave you nice name than why do you call your self Sam infact your name should be Sulakhan. also you have called Liberal theif way back on same channel I think you are first one to consider theif as you have stole Sam name instead of Sulakhan if you can not have people calling you by yor name that mean some day you will change the Canada name too!
Think every one this is Comsertive party leader who wants to decide our future some day in house of commen who can not have keep his own name
Thank you


Anybody who thinks this riding is going to be won by anyone other then Dr. Dhalla is living in a fantasy world and not in Brampton. Having spoken to Dr. Dhalla personally on several occasions I must say I'm truly impressed with her work ethic and her understanding of the issues. Dr. Dhalla to her credit has been far more visible in the riding then her predecessor ever was and I'm tired of everyone after 17 months crying she was parachuted in, she was voted in by the people of Brampton by a large margin no less and if people were that upset they sure had a funny way of saying it. In regards to her address it's my understanding that she does have a permanent address in the riding now and if you want to confirm that I would suggest contacting her campaign office. Based on the hard work Dr. Dhalla has put in the past 17 months the residents of Brampton would be doing themselves a disservice by not sending her back to Ottawa. And if you really take a hard look at the individuals running in this riding party politics aside I would find it hard to believe anyone would think any of the other candidates are more qualified then Ms. Dhalla.

Matt


This is a sure Liberal seat. The largest religious group in the riding is Roman Catholic. So watch out those who think all n sunry are Punjabi. Policy wise neither Hundal nor Dhalla speaks of social housing. Mather does. There is no point voting for change for the purpose of change. All the good stuff happening in the riding predates Dhalla as MP. Liberals will be given a bloody nose this time around too. My vote is for the NDP. Frankly it's time for proportional representation for true democratic participation of the masses. Cheers.


Having met Anna Mather and spoken to her about a number of issues I truly beleive she has what it takes to be the next MP for this area. She has a fresh, original approach which is urgently needed in Ottawa. She is not a political product such as Ruby Dhalla but is someone who has been raised in Brampton and truly believes it to be her hometown. She knows the issues that concern the citizens of Brampton better than anyone and I just hope that she doesn't get out done because she is not of South Asian origin.


I'm with Taminder! My brown skin says nothing about my genuine willingness to defend immigrants' interests. In reality Ruby voted AGAINST the NDP bill that would have helped immigrants sponsor their family-members to come live with them. Even worse, she agreed to introduce a "Foreign Credential Recognition Secretariat" bill that lets the Liberals wipe their hands of the issue completely, while doing nothing WHATSOEVER to require recognition of foreign credentials (just read it!).

Ruby Dhalla doesn't work for people in Brampton-Springdale; SHE WORKS FOR PAUL MARTIN PERIOD. To my mind, the NDP has done a much better job representing our interests. I'd like to see what Anna Mather could do!


I am not sure whether the NDP helpers ( i recognize a few names) or Conservative helpers are writing some of the comments. As the majority of people in the riding and in Brampton think Dr. Dhalla has done a great job in the riding. She is visible and takes time to attend events and meet with her constituents. I called her office three times in the last year and received a personal call back from her the same day. Eventhough my issue was municipal she went out of her way to put me in touch with the right people. She was very helpful. i think she is a great fresh face for canadian politics. She is innovative, hardworking, knowledgeable and a visionary. i called her office to double check her residential status and she has moved into the riding. I am sure she will win with an even bigger margin.


'Democracy' really is a great practice under Martin's Liberals, isn't it?! A party where connections, and (to a certain extent) public appeal is enough to herald one into government positions, while completely overriding the opinion of the majority (i.e., Ruby Dhalla's appointment as the liberal candidate of this riding, even though one had already been chosen).
As someone has already mentioned, much of Dhalla's attentions are focussed on a national level, meant solely to further her own situation within the ranks of the Liberal Party of Canada, and the government of this country. It is quite odd that although she is our representative, the only times we really 'see' her, happen to be in the newspaper or on TV (almost always alongside other prominent individuals), often doing something 'important' such as holding a shovel to signify a groundbreaking- rather than at public meetings to realize and decide on the issues that affect Canadians, and the residents of this riding. It's nice to know that photo opportunities 'glorifying' her position in this riding take a much higher priority than answering the phone calls and inquiries of the individuals who, interestingly enough, happened to have voted her in.
Although I too am of South Asian descent, I find it extremely disgusting just how much Ms. Dhalla exploits that fact to win the 'support' of the large South Asian voting capability (in this riding) in our community. Showing up at cultural events and galas, and smiling at those cameras, is, unfortunately, not enough to represent this riding in Ottawa. A 'real' representative would spend time trying to determine the best ways to better serve their constituents, and making sure that their voices are heard.
The Liberal Party is a popular choice in this riding, and often a 'safe' choice; but for it to serve the people to its best ability, its representatives too must be just as concerned in the growing needs and desires of their constituents, and as selfless in their service to the public, while being even more passionate in their pursuit of providing Canadians with the truest forms of democracy. Ruby Dhalla's acceptance of her trumpeted appointment as a Liberal 'super star' by Paul Martin clearly depicts a vivid portrait of where she stands. The residents of Brampton-Springdale obviously deserve much better than the mediocre 'achievements' of Ms. Dhalla.


After reading so many disappointed comments, the neglect of the constituents and local issues by incumbent in this riding looks obvious. There is no doubt Ruby Dhalla is working hard at present because she know the trick. If you can relax for four years after month's hard work, not bad. She will disappear from the riding as earlier. I am sick of her childish statements in which she claims other peoples work as her own. For example, passport office, although in different riding and announced much earlier by foreign affairs minister Bill Graham, Brampton Hospital a provincial issue and announced even before last provincial elections and other municipal issues. Good advices for federal politicians stick to your job and do not steal or claim other person's work.


It is time now for a positive change. We had enough of liberals imposed on us like Sarkis and Ruby Dhala in last election and now. We should keep in mind liberal corruption and doing nothing approach in Ottawa as our representative, as well. If people of Brampton- Springdale really believe in democracy and Canadian values, they should vote for some one else without any fear, intimidation. Please come out and vote in large numbers. It is your time to speak out.


Considering Ontario has sent the bulk of Liberal MP's to Ottawa since 1993, Ontario has not received much attention from Liberal government (except at election time of course).
Ontario has consistently been short changed, and the reason is Ontario voters re-elect Liberal MP's regardless of what happens, so Liberals have no reason to do anything for Ontario because they can always count on being reelected here.

As a result, we now have a staggering fiscal imbalance between what Ontario taxpayers send to Ottawa and what we get in transfers and services. Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty pegs this amount as a whopping $20,000,000,000 (that's $20 billion) per year!!!! That is coming from a Liberal premier.

Due to this, Ontario has struggled to properly fund the services that are under its jurisdiction. The massive cuts in transfer payments that started under Martin left Ontario with a deficit of $11 billion by 1995, so they just transferred their deficits to the provinces. They make themselves look good by racking up surpluses at the expense of the provinces (namely Ontario).

So where have all the Liberal MP's been in defending Ontario's interests?
Has Ruby been fighting for Ontario's interests in Ottawa so that we have the money to fund the healtcare system properly? Why would she? Ontario will massively vote Liberal so there is no need. At one time there were over 100 Liberal MP's from Ontario alone. Liberal MP's do not deserve re-election in this province, as they take us for granted once the election is over.


Is it just me, or does anyone else find the campaigning from Dhalla's office to be extremely annoying. It's understood that she does not live in Springdale nor does she occupy her time concering issues related locally to the area. Asides from the obvious, what I find more frustrating is that this former beauty queen/actress is attempting to find as many ways to expose herself in the media. All of her endeavours to date have been on a National level or has involved her in some way with Bollywood/Hollywood, and have been to land her photos in newspapers. It is known that Springdale has a predominantly large South Asian community, but to use Indian Superstars to help her with her campaigning is just low and insults the riding members. Do you really think we're gonna vote for you now because you have an "in" with some famous people? And quite frankly, I haven't really seen much from her campaign except her setting up as many signs as possible so that the entirety of Springdale is covered with her name. Rather than speak to actual community members, I'm finding mini flyers on the windsheild of my car. If you want a vote, why not speak to us one on one, rather than pollute Springdale with your picture perfect postcards!


`What really strikes me is that strategic voting exists if people don't have strong principles'
Heather MacIvor,
political science professor at
the University of Windsor
From The Star on Dec 11

Stratgeic voting is the worst thing you can do. Vote for what you want not what you are afraid of. We are in serious need of election reform in Canada, but it will be impossible to start unless voters show what they really want.

The Libels I mean the Liberals have had 12 long years of doing nothing and now all of a sudden they wake up. If it wasn't for the NDP Budget the last 18 months would have been for naught.

If ANNA MATHER and the NDP offer what you want VOTE ANNA MATHER.

Do not settle for the liberals they are as frightening as the conservatives.



86 cent dollar. Unemployment is at a 30 year low. Canada is in another surplus. Income tax cuts. A Liberal Canada is beautiful! On the other hand Sam Hundal would have us believe that Stephen Harper would have done a better job. I don't think so! He would have sent Canadian troops to Iraq. How many lives and tax dollars would have been lost and for what? He wants to spend, spend, spend. I then ask where in the world would this fine country stand after even one year under conservative rule? In dept again! Sam Hundal is on a mudslinging campaign. Ruby Dhalla has a doctorates degree and has had tremendous input regarding health issues. Ruby Dhalla is right when she says that if the NDP has no chance of winning the riding, people should vote Liberal to keep the Tories out. Vote Dr. Ruby Dhalla! Goooo Liberals!


I live on planet reality and believe that the bible should not trump the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I am voting for Kyoto, gun control, healthcare and daycare, income-tax cuts that benefit me - NOT GST tax cuts that benefit the rich. I do not want my future to be dictated by a neo-conservative crusader whose rightist social agenda is to steamroll over our basic rights and freedoms.
I am voting for the ecomony, the strength of our dollar, the successive balanced budgets and someone who respects and preserves Canadians' core social values.
Harper is just too cold,and too fake to be our prime minister, until the conservatives get someone decent I don't see how they can win. It's too bad, been a conservative my whole life, but I just can't stomach voting for the guy.


I'm amazed by the coverage of everyone's plans for child care. The Liberal and NDP plans are the only ones that make sense. At least they create spaces. But no media outlet is asking what happens after age 6.

Let's consider Harper's plan for a minute; $1200 a year to families with children under 6 for "child care" or spend it as you like. Sounds really nice doesn't it? So after they're 6 i give them a key to the house and tell them to behave until i get home from work!? Man...hate to see the house when i get home..not to mention it's ILLEGAL in some provinces to leave a child under the age of 12 UNATTENDED.

May as well just say, "If you have children under 6 we guarantee we'll give you an extra $1200 a year in your pocket for your vote.".

And they complain about the Liberals...

Also I just finishing reading an article from CBC and was appalled to hear about the slashing of liberal signs in our neighborhood. Just how low can the conservatives go? I mean that is just plain childish and reflects bad on the conservative party as a whole. Just play a fair game and let the best canidate win.

Dr. Ruby Dhalla has proved herself as an effective and powerful voice for our Brampton-Springdale. I was actually amazed after reading her accomplishements and watching her for the past 18 months working hard for our community. Ruby you can be assured that you will have mine and my family's vote on Jan. 23rd!


Ruby Dhalla should be running in a Mississauga riding because that is where she lives. Martin decided to override the democratic process in his own party by appointing her the candidate in the last election for this riding (even though a candidate was already selected). Even Liberals in this riding don't support her.

It doesn't take much effort to mail out a newsletter, but I guess some people are easily impressed.
How about answering direct calls and emails from people that actually live in this riding? Now that would be something impressive.



Those last two comments are clearly posted by Liberal helpers, or people who have not been around this last year. Ruby has NOT moved into the riding, unless she did it last week. In the Brampton Gaurdian 2 weeks ago hse said she was PLANNING on buying a home in Brampton, not that she HAS.


A MONTHLY newsletter from Ruby Dhalla? I received some flyers...maybe she doesn't like my neighbourhood.

However, I did find it rather BOLD of Dr. Dhalla to send out a 2006 Calendar on the taxpayer's dime a month before an election. If not elected it would be odd to have a 2006 Ruby Dhalla MP calendar on my fridge. Sounds like that 'CULTURE OF ENTITLEMENT" ....again

Sounds like a good time to elect more NDP MPs like Anna Mather.


Dr. Dhalla is a former healthcare provider who has brought great vision and ideas to Canadian Parliament. She is a great role model for women. She has done a great job of keeping in touch with her constituents. I have received a newsletter from her on a monthly basis. She is articulate, educated, and talented. I am proud to have her as my MP


I have to say that i am very impressed with Ruby Dhalla. She has been a strong voice for the community on many of the issues that are important esp. in healthcare. i believe that she has moved into the riding and kept her promise. she deserves to be re-elected again.


CPAC Tuesday, December 20 at 8:30am ET

Brampton Springdale NDP Candidate Anna Mather is scheduled to participate as a panellist discussing women in Canadian Politics.

Other panellists includes CAROLYN BENNETT(Liberal),PAULINE BROWES(Conservative), and GRACE YOGARETNAM(Green Party).


How can anyone vote for Ruby Dhalla, the Liberal encumbent to Brampton-Springdale, AGAIN?!

Has everyone forgotten that she was parachuted into our riding 18 months ago by the Martin regime over the objections of their own Federal Liberal Riding Association (who resigned en masse and voted NDP in protest)?

Do the constituents forget that Ms. Dhalla doesn't even live in our riding - even though she says she's planning on moving, do you really believe it?

Ruby Dhalla doesn't know (or care) about the issues important to this riding, and when she does finally get around to responding, it's all rhetoric - she follows the typical, tired Liberal party lines outlined by the typical Liberal party hacks. She and her staff are lax and/or reluctant, to respond, in any timely manner, to her constituents' questions or requests.

In short, if you vote for her, all you are doing is supporting a stereotypical Martin Liberal "superstar" who will say anything to get elected, and once elected, will do nothing for this riding, as she has so inably demonstrated for the past 18 months.


U know what? when ever any one went to this star Candidate for any help, the first question she and her staff asked "Do you live in the riding?" and if you are not, then they won't b able to help you.
So I think this time when she is gona come asking for Vote, we should stick to the same point that you don't live in the riding so we can help (vote) you. Go to your own area riding and try your, so called stardum.


What's that you say? You don't live in my riding? That's okay, sometimes you can't find a suitable residence in your own riding. Oh? You don't even live in my CITY? You're kidding right? Tell me then, why the *bleep* I should vote for someone who doesn't even live in my own city? Hmmm? How the *bleep* can you POSSIBLY know what's going on and what's important to me, my riding and my city when you don't even live here? How dare you insult me by constantly asking for my vote when YOU DON'T EVEN LIVE HERE!!!

*eyes fully rolled to the sky*

First Sarkis Assadourian, now Ruby Dhalla. Are you kidding me with this? Martin really thinks we're idiots. I think it's time we prove him wrong. :)


Tarminder if you don't like Ruby Dhalla why vote or support the Liberal Party? If you "don't think that Ruby is a good representative for Brampton-Springdale" how will your needs and concerns are addressed? I am sure someone here can find a Party AND Candidate in Brampton Springdale that will meet your needs. What are you looking for in YOUR Candidate AND Party?


I have talked to numerous times to get in contact with Ruby Dhalla, and i have talked to individuals who have tried to conversate with her aswell. These individuals and myself feel that she is not listening to our views/opinions because we think she assumes that they will vote for her because they are the same backround (punjabi).

On the other hand, it is hard to believe that Ruby Dhalla does not live in the riding which she represents. In my opinion this shows disrespect to all the great people living in Brampton-Springdale.

I support the Liberal Party of Canada, but i dont think that Ruby is a good representative for Brampton-Springdale.


In the latest edition of the Brampton Gaurdian Ruby Dhalla says she lives in Mississauga but is planning to buy a home in Brampton. Well Ruby its been 18 months since you were elected, yet still no home in Brampton. It must be becasue the housing market in Brampton is slowing down right? Show some respect for the people of this riding and rent an appartment if you have to, but I guess shes too good for that.


During her campaign in June 2004, Liberal candidate Ruby Dhalla promised that she loves this riding and once elected she will move in to the riding but even after 18 months she still lives in Mississauga. Isn't another perfect example of liberal approach towards Canadian voters 'Promises made - Promises Broken'


Liberal always neglected this riding by forcing residents to vote for a person, which is not their own choice. Last year Liberal parachuted Ruby Dhalla posing as a star candidate, Star candidates usually have outstanding performance at national level. Her performance and sincerity towards constituents can be judged by her non-presence in riding. It took her more than eighty days to open her office. People are frustrated by her office staff's neglect and there are published reports in newspapers that her office never returns calls for weeks. She promised people she will consult people on issue of same sex but voted without any public consultation or meeting. I think poeple should vote for a person who really cares local issue like environment, education and social programs.


Many residents in this riding are concerned about the application to build an incinerator to break down radioactive materials which could be imported from "global sources". I think a candidate who could discuss the need for more stringent federal regulation of the import, transport, and disposal of radioactive materials would get a lot of support.


I'm still quite upset with the Liberal party for parachuting Ruby Dhalla in to my riding during the last election. I agree that she focuses on 'race issues' to deflect attention from her lack of credentials. Over the past year I have tried many times to phone and email Ms. Dhalla with my questions and concerns but to date I have received no response from her or anyone from her office. Has anyone experienced anything different?


Regardless of Buzz Hargrove's misguided endorsement of strategic voting, Jack Layton's Auto Industry Commitment should garner support for Anna Mather and the NDP given Daimler Chrysler Assembly plant located adjacent to Brampton-Springdale.


this riding under went a massive shift in the last election due to Ruby Dhalla, the NDP candidate Kathy Pounder brought in just under 20% of the vote. This was a huge gain on the part of the NDP especailly since many members of the Liberal riding executive said they would vote NDP this time around. This time the NDP is more of a viable option considering if last time around 5,000 votes had swung from Liberal to NDP there would be an NDP MP in for Brampton right now. The NDP is clearly going to make momre gains in this riding.


This riding will again go Liberal because the people of the riding will always vote Liberal, and don't seem to care that the Liberals use the riding to parachute in their "star" candidates.
First there was Sarkis Assadourian who was installed by Chretien as the candidate for two elections, even though he never lived in the riding and rarely if ever visited it. Then we had Ruby Dhalla who was parachuted in for the last election, and she wasn't even from Brampton either (although she claimed that because her clinic is somewhere in Brampton, she knows the riding). What makes Ruby a "star" candidate remains a mystery, as she was very unimpressive during the all-candidates meetings during the last campaign. All she did was play the race card during the meetings (implying that you are racist if you don't vote for her), and she also referred to the Conservative candidate as racist, even though he was also Indo-Canadian.
The scare tactics by Ruby will work again this time and the riding will go Liberal, as it looks like they could parachute Bozo the Clown into this riding as a Liberal and still win.


Here we go again!

I suspect Michael Ignatieff's undemocratic flop into Canadian politics Ruby Dhalla style will remind the voters of Brampton-Springdale of the Liberals odd idea of democracy.

This is yet another example of the Liberals not listening and learning. In 2004 there was noticeable shift in Brampton-Springdale's voting brought on by ignoring the local voice and I suspect it will continue.

There's something to be said about voting for a democratically elected candidate who understands her riding because she is from Brampton.


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