Dear Friends and Neighbours , 

I am honoured to have been asked by the new leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair, to serve in his Shadow Cabinet as Critic for Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism. I have already started the important work of holding this government to account, when necessary, and proposing positive solutions to help newcomers to Canada.

My priority will be pushing the government to move towards a fair, efficient, transparent and accountable immigration system and end the restrictive immigration measures based on secretive, arbitrary decisions by the Immigration Minister. I also want to make sure that our immigration system works for all Canadians. For too long, this government has allowed cheap temporary foreign workers to undermine Canadian workers and drive down wages for everyone.

To be blunt, the immigration system is a mess. We see it firsthand in our riding: families waiting years to be reunified with their loved ones, visitor visas rejected without cause and foreign credentials not being properly recognized are just some of the many problems we encounter on a daily basis.

In addition to my new role, I will also continue to be a strong advocate in the House of Commons, standing up for the priorities of Newton – North Delta. From better transit and health care to community safety and job creation, you can count on me to bring your voice to Ottawa – not the other way around.