Gurbax Singh MALHI

MALHI, The Hon. Gurbax Singh, P.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Bramalea--Gore--Malton (Ontario)
Birth Date
October 12, 1949
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurbax_Singh_Malhi
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=cba2503e-79ee-4c6f-abd4-8037fd3c9195&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
realtor

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Bramalea--Gore--Malton (Ontario)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Bramalea--Gore--Malton (Ontario)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Bramalea--Gore--Malton--Springdale (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour (September 13, 2001 - December 11, 2003)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry with special emphasis on Entrepreneurs and New Canadians (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Bramalea--Gore--Malton (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry with special emphasis on Entrepreneurs and New Canadians (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (July 20, 2004 - May 29, 2005)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal (May 30, 2005 - October 6, 2005)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue (October 7, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Bramalea--Gore--Malton (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue (October 7, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Bramalea--Gore--Malton (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 95)


March 3, 2011

Hon. Gurbax Malhi

Mr. Speaker, I know of people whose applications have been refused many times even though they have never committed any of the offences listed. I have heard of cases where people who have money, well paid jobs, and family members who are well established in their home countries but are still not granted temporary visitor visas.

The government should listen to Canadians who demand that it establish temporary visa bonds and make the system more compassionate. In Canada we should not rely too much on the discretionary powers of visa officers.

The United States is much more generous in giving out multiple visas than Canada. In Canada we are so tightfisted.

The government should pursue this policy with diligence and not ignore it, as it is doing today. The government should start listening to the people now and increase the number of temporary visitor visas granted to people who want to visit their relatives in Canada for important family events, such as funerals, weddings, anniversaries and other important events.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
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March 3, 2011

Hon. Gurbax Malhi (Bramalea—Gore—Malton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, on November 18, 2010 my question about temporary visitor visas was not properly addressed by the hon. member for St. Catharines. I hear from my constituents that the Conservative government does not give visitors' visas out. For that reason, I am alarmed about the transparency of Canada's temporary visa determination process.

While deciding who should be allowed in Canada is important, I disagree with the government, which places too much faith in the visa officers and gives them unaccountable discretionary powers. It shows that the government does not have in place a clear temporary visa determination process, but relies on random procedures.

A person is inadmissible to Canada if he or she has been charged with a serious crime, or is a threat to Canada's security, or has been involved in crimes against humanity. However, I know people whose applications have been refused many times, even though they have never committed any of these offences. I have seen cases of people who have money, well-paid jobs, and all of whom's family members in their home countries are well established, but they still are not granted temporary visitor visas.

Many individuals have visited their Canadian relatives before for important events such as funerals, weddings, family reunions, and anniversaries, but today for no reason they are being denied temporary visitor visas. They did not break any Canadian laws. They spent their money in our great country. However, now the government denies them entrance for important family events. This is outrageous. The system is obviously contradictory and subjective.

The hon. member for St. Catharines once said that each case is assessed on its own merits and not against any pre-established minimum levels of income, property value, or family relationship. To say that is to say that the visa officers can do whatever they want because they will not be held accountable to any minimal, normal standards. This means that visa officers can exercise their discretionary powers in unaccountable ways. The system is inhumane as it fails to consider the last wishes of Canadians on their deathbeds who want to see their relatives before they die.

The government should establish an accountable process of issuing temporary visas based on compassionate grounds and create visa bonds for these persons. Visa bonds would provide insurance that these people will return to their countries of origin. A visa bond is the only viable solution to the problem of the high rate of refusal of temporary visitor visas by the government.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
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February 11, 2011

Hon. Gurbax Malhi (Bramalea—Gore—Malton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the government cut $6 billion in taxes for the richest and largest corporations, while it hiked payroll taxes for every small business in the country. It has cut millennium scholarships for students and has wasted billions of dollars on megaprisons. It has cut off spending on affordable housing, but have billions to spend on fighter jets.

Why is this government ignoring the real needs of families?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Priorities
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February 11, 2011

Hon. Gurbax Malhi (Bramalea—Gore—Malton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, despite racking up the largest deficit in Canadian history, the government has done little to help the region of Peel. At Christmastime, I saw, first-hand, my constituents lining up at food banks, while their EI was expiring.

Why did the government increase taxes on every small business in Peel and hurt their efforts to create jobs for the unemployed?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Taxation
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February 9, 2011

Hon. Gurbax Malhi (Bramalea—Gore—Malton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, our economy is underperforming as the unemployment rate for the month of January in Ontario increased to 14.4% among the young adults. Despite giving $6 billion to big corporations, the government cannot create jobs and is killing them by increasing tax burdens in the form of EI payroll taxes on all small businesses. In fact, its $6 billion tax cut ignores 95% of the two million active businesses in Canada.

People in the region of Peel feel that the government is ignoring them too. The unemployment is high in this region but the government does nothing. Six billion dollars in tax cuts will not result in $6 billion worth of economic growth and jobs. Affordable housing and jobs in the region of Peel are much more needed than the corporate tax cut.

The government also needs to take concrete steps to create jobs for youth and give incentives to small businesses so that they can create more jobs for the unemployed families that are starving, under stress and are worrying about their future.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Economy
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