1. Candidate Bio:
Since Bramptonist enjoys doing top 10 lists, I’ll do my bio in that format:
- I work for the William Osler Health as a Team Lead Patient Experience. While at the Brampton Civic Hospital, I helped to establish the ethnic community out outreach plan and organized programs to bring awareness and support for patients.
- Father of two kids. Studied at Turner Fenton Secondary School and Sheridan College.
- Active volunteer in the community and has created programs for youth.
- Born in Brampton and the proud son of immigrants to Canada who gave back to society and started local businesses.
- Advocate for human rights in Canada and around the world.
- Enjoy interviewing interesting people on my TV show that is live streamed online. On this program I’ve had the chance to interview municipal, provincial and federal representatives and ask them questions about key issues for Bramptonians.
- One of the lead organizers over many years of the “Sikh Values Are Canadian Values” float in the Khalsa Day Parade.
- Helped with blood drives for Canadian Blood Services.
- Volunteer with Flower City Bhangra, a visionary in the Punjabi Folk Dance segment.
- If elected, I’ll use my experience and passion to represent residents and listen to their ideas. Brampton needs leadership and action, and I believe with my experience and passion I can be an effective champion of people in Wards 3&4. Brampton has one of the youngest populations in Ontario and my experience creating opportunities for youth will be an approach I bring to City Hall. Through my experience in health care and with an aging population, we need a City that is age-friendly for all and I’ll work hard to ensure we can raise everyone’s quality of life. Wards 3&4 deserve a City Councillor who will put their interests first. If elected, I’ll regularly hold public meetings with residents to hear their ideas, and let them know when there are big decisions at City Hall.
2. What are your three top priorities for Brampton?
- Keep property taxes affordable
- Health care improvements
- Transit expansion
3. What is one major council decision from the previous (2014-2018) term that you agree with?
- Support Ryerson University coming to downtown Brampton.
4. What is one major council decision from the previous (2014-2018) term that you disagree with?
1. Unaffordable bailouts for private sector interests.
5. Are there any other ideas from other cities that you would like to see replicated in Brampton?
Mayor Nenshi in Calgary has done some interesting approaches in terms of budgeting, a Calgary censuses to make better evidence-based policy decisions, and has supported transit expansion as well as flood mitigation efforts. Toronto has also brought in a two-hour transfer that works with PRESTO which could help Bramptonians.
6. What are your top transportation priorities to ease congestion and gridlock in the city of Brampton and connections to other communities?
- Build rapid transit lines are more efficient for transit users, the Queen BRT and LRT
- Speed up efforts to enhance Zum service
- Get federal and provincial funding to build a comprehensive rapid transit network in Brampton, including the freight bypass for more GO train service west of the Bramalea GO Station.
7. What are your thoughts on the Brampton 2040 Vision and how should the city proceed with the vision?
There are some really exciting aspects of it including the university location and other aspects like a big transit loop which could make the commute worse for actual transit riders.
8. What is your position on the city’s finances and how would you tackle demands for services and infrastructure renewal?
We need to manage expenses carefully which is why the Council-approved bailouts are unfortunate. Municipalities are not allowed to run deficits so we need to think carefully about property taxes, expenses and investments. An independent auditor is one decision we can make.
We also face an uncertain future as the new Provincial government is reviewing its budget. The best way to tackle service and infrastructure is to have a detailed plan of action so that problems don’t develop over time. I would work with staff, residents and my Council colleagues to ensure we are being proactive.
9. What are your thoughts on how the city/region should handle the alleged uptick of spontaneous youth violence and crime in the city?
I have successfully led programs that engage youth and offer mentorship. One way to deal with crime is ensure it doesn’t happen in the first place and our youth need opportunity and confidence. We need community policing – I remember it when. I was growing up and it worked well for our community.
10. Why should voters vote for you?
Voters want someone who will listen to their concerns and act. In my work at Brampton Civic Hospital that’s exactly what I’ve done. If I have the privilege of being elected voters can expect their calls to be returned and policy decisions that will make a positive difference in their lives.
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