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John McCallum, MP


Statement on Harper’s Refusal to Support Ontario Retirement Pension Plan

Posted on July 17, 2015 | No Comments

Stephen Harper’s refusal to work with Ontario by throwing up roadblocks to the new Ontario pension plan is a slap in the face to all Ontarians.   He’s putting partisan politics ahead of helping the middle class, but it’s what Canadians have come to expect from this government.

Premier Kathleen Wynne won a majority government last year, in no small part because Ontarians believed in her vision for strengthening retirement security through the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

After years of inaction by the Conservative Government, Ontario is doing something about retirement income, moving forward with their own solutions on pensions because the Harper government left the playing field.   Instead of supporting an increase to retirement incomes, the Harper Conservatives are doing everything they can to stop it.

The Conservative flip-flop regarding a voluntary increase to the CPP is an ineffective and cynical ploy to siphon votes from those who have a well-thought out plan to ensure Canadians have a dignified and secure retirement. It shows just how out of touch Mr. Harper and his Conservatives are with the middle class. A 2013 study by CARP showed that only 14% of seniors expect to be comfortable in retirement, down from 30% in 2009. Middle class Canadians are facing the prospect that a comfortable, secure retirement will be out of reach for them. This is simply unacceptable.

A Liberal Government under Justin Trudeau will work with the provinces, and develop a plan to fund a gradual enhancement of the CPP’s defined benefit plan.  There is absolutely no reason why the provinces should have to go it alone. Under a Liberal Government, they won’t have to.  As Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau would stop playing politics with Canadian’s retirements. He will work with the provinces and territories, with workers, and with employers to give Canadians the secure and dignified retirement that they deserve.

Liberals take action to fix broken caregiver program

Posted on June 11, 2015 | No Comments

For Immediate Release

June 11, 2015

OTTAWA – John McCallum, MP for Markham-Unionville and Liberal Critic for Citizenship & Immigration, tabled a bill today to fix the broken caregiver program.

“Since Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau asked me to take on this file I have continuously heard complaints about the caregiver program,” said Mr. McCallum. “Repeated failed attempts by the Conservatives to fix the program have only made things worse. Today I am presenting a plan to fix much of what is wrong with the caregiver program.”

Under Bill C-690, foreign caregivers would be hired by private agencies. Families looking to hire a caregiver would work with these private organizations to find the right caregiver for their family and situation.

“There are problems that affect everyone in the current program,” continued Mr. McCallum. “Canadian families need to navigate a complicated bureaucracy and take on substantial risk, while the caregivers can find themselves trapped in an abusive situation, unsure of where to turn for help.”

C-690 shifts the employment of caregivers from individual families to these private caregiver agencies. This means that caregivers in an abusive situation do not have to fear for their employment if they report abuse and families no longer need to navigate the bureaucratic temporary foreign worker system, instead they can focus on finding the right caregiver for their family.

Further, with only a few dozen employers of caregivers instead of tens of thousands of individual families, the government can closely regulate and monitor the hiring of caregivers.

“Under this plan, the caregiver system will be closely monitored,” concluded Mr. McCallum. “We can ensure that caregivers are free of abusive situations, while also ensuring that Canadian families continue to receive top notch caregivers for their loved ones.”



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Statement on Indian Republic Day

Posted on January 26, 2015 | No Comments

OTTAWA – John McCallum, Liberal Critic for Citizenship & Immigration, Multiculturalism and Seniors, today made the following statement on the occasion of India’s Republic Day:

“Today marks the 66th anniversary of India’s formal adoption of its constitution. India’s adoption of its own constitution represented an important step in achieving its independence. Republic Day is one of three national holidays in India and will be marked by more than one million Indo-Canadians across our country.

India and Canada share a strong belief in the importance of democracy, diversity and the rule of law. Our strong relationship with India is owed in no small part to the many Indo-Canadians who have made significant contributions to Canada’s rich cultural fabric and economic prosperity.

Republic Day celebrations will continue for the next three days until the evening of the 29th.  On behalf of Liberal Party of Canada Leader, Justin Trudeau, and our Parliamentary Caucus, I want to wish the Indo-Canadian community a very happy and joyful Republic Day celebration.”

Reflections on Recent Trip to Israel and Ramallah

Posted on August 7, 2014 | No Comments

Recently my colleague Carolyn Bennett and I had the opportunity to visit Israel and the West Bank along with other parliamentarians. We went to listen and […]

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Conservative Cuts to Refugee Health Care

Posted on July 15, 2014 | No Comments

[LE FRANÇAIS SUIT L’ANGLAIS Two years ago, the Conservative government began denying many refugees access to health care, a move that Liberals have vigorously opposed for […]

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Statement on the Federal Court’s Decision Regarding the Federal Interim Health Program

Posted on July 4, 2014 | No Comments

[LE FRANÇAIS SUIT L’ANGLAIS] MARKHAM – John McCallum, Liberal critic for Citizenship and Immigration, made the following statement regarding the Federal Court’s decision to strike down […]

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Liberals Force Conservative Government to Back Down on Plan to Force Languages Tests on Spousal Sponsorships

Posted on March 27, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Liberal pressure has forced the Conservative Government to back down from its ill-conceived plan to impose language testing on spousal sponsorship applications said John […]

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Posted on February 7, 2014 | No Comments

John McCallum, Liberal Critic for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism made the following statement regarding the Conservative Government’s proposed changes to the Citizenship Act: While some aspects […]

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Meeting with survivor of 1984 atrocities

Posted on December 10, 2013 | No Comments

Today, I met with Bibi Jagdish Kaur and presented her with the following letter: Dear Ms. Kaur, On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, I […]

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Congratulations to Constable Fo Sing

Posted on December 5, 2013 | No Comments

York Regional Police Constable Warren Neil Fo Sing will be awarded the Medal of Bravery by His Excellency, the Governor General today.  On Tuesday, I had […]

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