MP's Report - Gary Anandasangaree

This October, I was thrilled to once again receive the support of the people of Scarborough-Rouge Park. Representing you and your families in Ottawa is truly the highest honour. I recognize that this would not have been possible without the enduring guidance and encouragement of the people around me, including a number of volunteers and community members from West Rouge, and for that I am truly grateful.

 

The resounding support we received reaffirms that our plan is working. Our government will continue to take robust and meaningful action to fight climate change and protect our environment, broker trade deals and draft policies which help grow our economy, walk the path towards Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, address the need for affordable housing, and invest in transit and infrastructure projects across our riding.

 

In addition to being your voice in Ottawa, I am honoured to have been asked by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown – Indigenous Relations. The wrongs that have been committed by Canada against Indigenous peoples over the course of our history can only be corrected with the recognition and implementation of policies based on self-determination.

 

As a settler to this land, I recognize the enormous responsibility that we have to rectify our shared relationship with Indigenous peoples. As Parliamentary Secretary, I am committed to working tirelessly to advance Indigenous rights, including the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 

Following the leadership of our Prime Minister, the Government of Canada will continue moving forward on a Nation to Nation, Inuit to Crown, and Government to Government relationship with Indigenous Peoples; working together to implement each of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. I look forward to working with the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown – Indigenous Relations and Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada in this new role.

 

One of the things I enjoy doing most is spending time with young people in our community and listening to their ideas about the future of our country. In November, I had an opportunity to connect with the staff and students at West Rouge Junior Public School, William G. Davis Junior Public School and St. Brendan’s Catholic School. The students of today will shape the policies and the world of tomorrow, and it was truly inspiring to listen to our future leaders and learn from them as they discussed their visions for our collective future. From minimizing their use of plastics and hydrocarbons, to organizing events which bring us all a little closer together, the future of Canada is certainly bright, thanks to these young change makers.

 

In order to continue moving Scarborough – Rouge Park and Canada forward, it is vital that we continue working cooperatively with one another. Ensuring that all voices are represented, respected and heard is essential, if we are to continue building a country based on the core Canadian principles of diversity, equality, inclusion and human rights. As your Member of Parliament, I pledge to continue working hard each and every day to improve your lives, represent your interests, and champion the issues which matter most to you in Ottawa.

 

As always, my team and I are eager to hear from you about how we can continue making Scarborough – Rouge Park and Canada a great place for everyone-- no idea is too big or too small.

 

Furthermore, we are always ready to assist you and your family with any federal issues you may have. Addressing these concerns has been, and will continue to be, our top priority. If you wish to contact me, I encourage you to do so by calling (416) 283-1414, or sending an email to gary.anand@parl.gc.ca.

 

Thank you, West Rouge, for your continued support. I look forward to continue serving as your Member of Parliament in the months and years to come.

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