February Newsletter

Dear Friends,

My office will be extending its hours to better serve the community. Starting March 1st, 2017, we will be open from 9 AM to 8 PM on Wednesdays and remain open from 9 AM to 5 PM during the work week.

The House of Commons debated M-103, the Liberal anti-Islamophobia motion called “Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination”. Upon close examination, I have decided I will be voting against it. In Canada, we already have extensive protections for Canadians of all faiths against discrimination. I strongly believe M-103 singles out one faith, does not define Islamophobia and is potentially a threat to free speech. I call on my colleagues to do the same.

During this past month York Region hosted a Special Needs Fair showcasing the numerous services available to children with special needs and their families. I had the chance to tour the fair with Anchel Krishna and Kelly Lapham from the Children’s Treatment Network and to see the terrific work done by them and the many organizations in our community.

I was alarmed when I read about the unconditional release of murderer and cannibal Vincent Li. It is not right that someone who murdered an innocent bus passenger several years ago can walk free and unsupervised. This Liberal government needs to take the safety of Canadians seriously. Under the previous Conservative government the rights of victims were put ahead of the rights of criminals. Prime Minister Stephen Harper ensured this was enshrined in law with the passing of the Victims Bill of Rights.

The Liberal government continues to show disrespect for our men and women in uniform. The thousands of Canadian servicemen and women received the news that they will no longer receive a tax exemption or “danger pay” while on tour. For some soldiers this is the equivalent of a $9,000 bill on a six month tour. Minister Sajjan stated that he was “not in agreement” with his own government’s position. If you disagree with the government’s position on this issue, please sign my colleague’s petition calling for the reinstating of the tax exemption. https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-882

The Liberal government continues to move forward with its drug liberalization plan. Liberal MP Erskine-Smith recently trial ballooned a dangerous proposal in the public domain calling for “Decriminalizing All Drugs”. This is completely careless on the part of the Liberals. Minister of Health Jane Philpott (MP for Markham-Stouffville) has approved 3 new injection sites in Montreal. There are currently 9 other applications under review across the country. A number of municipalities are undertaking studies of their own. The Liberal government is likely to propose legislation this spring legalizing marijuana for non-medical purposes. I will continue to voice the concerns of Markham-Unionville residents in the House of Commons.

Should you ever require any assistance or want to chat about an issue important to you please do not hesitate in contacting my office.

Bob Saroya, MP

8300 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 201
Markham, ON L3R 9Y7
(905) 470 2024






在過去這個月中,約克郡發起了一項“特殊需要展示會”,讓大家了解到為那些有特殊需要的孩子以及他們的家庭所提供的眾多服務。我有幸在“兒童治療網絡”的Anchel Krishna和Kelly Lapham兩位的陪同下參加了這一活動,該機構以及全社區類似機構所做出的傑出貢獻,應當得到社會的高度認可。

而當我得知“殺人斬首食人肉”的罪犯李偉光竟被無條件釋放時,感到非常震驚和擔憂。數年前殺害了無辜的巴士同車乘客的人,居然可以沒有監管並行動自由!此舉大謬不然!聯邦自由黨政府必須要認真對待加拿大人民的安全問題!在前朝保守黨政府,受害人的權益總是被放在罪犯的權利之前,這才是正確的做法。在當時的總理Stephen Harper治下,通過了《受害人權利法案》,以法律彰顯了這一點。


而自由黨正在下一盤要將毒品自由化的大棋,各項措施也正在持續推進中。自由黨議員Erskine-Smith先生甚至提出了“毒品全面非刑事化”,使得公眾安全所面臨的毒品威脅越來越嚴重,而自由黨對此毫不在意。聯邦衛生部部長Jane Philpott (Markham-Stouffville選區議員)已經在蒙特利爾批準了3個新的“(毒品)安全註射站”,而全國範圍內目前還有9個其他的申請正在被審核中,還有多個市政府目前也在為此做著調研! 自由黨政府很可能今年春天就要提出非醫用大麻的合法化問題。這一切都讓形勢不容樂觀,但我會繼續在國會中代表我的選民心聲,盡自己的努力。


Bob Saroya(蔡報國), MP(國會議員)
8300 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 201
Markham, ON L3R 9Y7
(905) 470 2024