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Markham--Whitchurch--Stouffville (Ontario)
Birth Date
January 23, 1940
management consultant

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
  Markham--Whitchurch--Stouffville (Ontario)
January 27, 1994 - April 27, 1997
  Markham--Whitchurch--Stouffville (Ontario)
December 23, 1996 - April 27, 1997
  Markham--Whitchurch--Stouffville (Ontario)
June 2, 1997 - April 27, 1997
  Markham--Whitchurch--Stouffville (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 32 of 33)

May 12, 1994

Mr. Jag Bhaduria (Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville)

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure today to congratulate one of my constituents for her outstanding athletic achievements and dedicated community work.

Tracey Ferguson, a resident of Markham, was honoured last week with the YMCA's Young Woman of Distinction Award. The sponsors of the award selected Ms. Ferguson, citing her as a stellar role model for the youth of my riding.

Although only 19 years of age, Tracey has achieved an exceptional list of athletic and volunteer awards. As an Olympic wheelchair athlete she has won gold medals for basketball at the 1991 World Games and the 1992 Paralympics. She has also received the 1993 Terry Fox Humanitarian Award for volunteer work.

On behalf of my colleagues in this House I congratulate Ms. Ferguson.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Tracey Ferguson
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April 25, 1994

Mr. Jag Bhaduria (Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville)

Mr. Speaker, Canada has an immigration system that is well respected throughout the world. However, mistakes are made by some officials on the application of the law and the result can be devastating.

One example is the application of 89 year old Mrs. Arora, who has been denied a visitors visa to visit Canada. She is the mother of one of my constituents, Paul Arora, whom she wants to visit. She was a landed immigrant in Canada, returned to her home country and now wants to visit her son for a few months.

Another example is Miss Matharu's application on behalf of her relatives who want to come to Canada to attend her wedding on May 7. They were refused because of their close ties to the family here.

To classify these examples as deceitful is an unfair assessment and application of the immigration law.

I request assurances from the government that the visa application process for honest applicants be given fair and just treatment.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Immigration
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March 23, 1994

Mr. Jag Bhaduria (Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville)

Mr. Speaker, this point of privilege relates to the question I raised on February 15 and it is very brief.

I rise here today on the question of privilege after consulting with counsel and having discussed the issues of blackmail and the unfounded allegations made against me. I wish to re-submit my original question of privilege of February 15 so that all these issues may be investigated accordingly in the appropriate committee.

I trust your decision will be favourable, Mr. Speaker.

Concerning all the information that has come up, after discussing it with counsel I was informed that the details were not so pressing as I had believed they were. Therefore the issue remains almost the same as I had raised earlier. The discussion which I had with counsel did not produce any new material at all.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Privilege
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March 22, 1994

Mr. Jag Bhaduria (Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville)

Mr. Speaker, due to very difficult economic times in Canada many Canadians have been forced to practise fiscal restraint and responsibility.

Canadians from all regions of this country have responded by tightening their belts and going without many necessities they could otherwise have. They have done this even though many others have continued to live high on the hog.

There are many examples of where fiscal restraint has not been practised to the same degree. One such example is the recent lavish farewell functions to honour the outgoing Governor of the Bank of Canada. Almost $30,000 was spent to bid farewell to John Crow. It is outrageous that Canadians are expected to foot the bill for this lavish spending.

Mr. Crow spent many years preaching restraint but when it comes time to depart it seems like one does not practise what one preaches.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Economy
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March 10, 1994

Mr. Jag Bhaduria (Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to bring to the attention of this House an issue that I trust all hon. members will support.

Michelle and David Gebe, two constituents in my riding of Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville, became the proud parents of a baby girl, Erin-Denise, on February 10. They became parents through the adoption process monitored by Ontario Social Services. This is indeed a joyous occasion for Mr. and Mrs. Gebe.

Unfortunately, they have run into a major roadblock trying to obtain maternity benefits through the unemployment insurance program. As adoptive parents, they are only eligible to receive 10 weeks of UI benefits as opposed to up to 30 weeks of benefits that a birth mother can obtain.

I humbly call upon the government to investigate the obvious discrepancies in the unemployment insurance legislation and to rectify this problem. Adoptive parents such as David and Michelle should be supported and rewarded by the federal government. They need our assistance.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Unemployment Insurance
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