First-ever Trucker Townhall to be held in Brampton

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For the first time ever, a trucker town hall will take place on Saturday, August 17 between 5 pm and 8 pm at Ebenezer Hall, 4494 The Gore road, Brampton.

This timely initiative has been put together by regional councillors Gurpreet Singh and Harkirat Singh.

In an interview with Can-India, Councillor Gurpreet Singh said that given the large number of Brampton residents in the trucking industry, it was really important to have them all in one room to understand and discuss their issues of concern.

“We are inviting truck owners, operators and everyone related to the trucking industry including CN Rail, bylaw officers and staff from the economic development department. This will be more like a listening session,” he said.

There are numerous challenges facing the trucking industry and given how crucial trucking is to the economic development of the country, it is crucial that solutions are found soon.

“Some of the things we need to understand are—do we have enough truck parking? Are we taking the trucking industry seriously? We need to find solutions to so many issues that involve all levels of government,” said Gurpreet.

The two councillors expect this town hall to form the basis of a platform for all involved in the trucking industry to come together and find solutions.

“If for example the issues discussed require provincial or federal solutions, we will serve as a conduit to get these issues heard by the upper levels of government,” says Gurpreet.

Trucking is perhaps one sector where South Asians are playing an increasingly important role. In 1996, less than two per cent of Canada’s truckers were South Asian, in 2016, they comprised 18 per cent of the country’s roughly 181,000 drivers, according to a study by Newcom Media Inc. based on Statistics Canada’s National Household Survey.

One-third of Canada’s big-riggers are immigrants, with those from India making up by far the highest proportion at more than 40 per cent. The vast majority speak Punjabi, according to StatsCan.

Trucking is not an easy business and these two Brampton city councillors hope to make the lives of those in the trucking industry a little easier. -CINEWS

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