There was no doubt and little question that Gurratan Singh would be nominated as a candidate for the New Democratic Party in Brampton East. Some saw it as a mere formality.
The Brampton Civic Hospital was where Gurratan Singh came to celebrate his nomination to run for the party in the newly redrawn riding of Brampton East along with hundreds of his supporters. Brampton East, was formed in 2015 from Bramalea-Gore-Malton and Brampton-Springdale.
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath was there to support Singh, who was described as an accomplished criminal defence lawyer and younger brother of federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, a fact known by everyone.
The two issues top of this rookie politician’s agenda is taming hydro rates and bringing automobile insurance rates under control if he wins.
He has also vowed to tackle overcrowding at Brampton Civic Hospital. Between 2016 and 2017, more than 4,300 patients were treated in the hospital’s hallways, a situation referred to internally as “Code Gridlock.”
The NDPs have committed to lowering hospital wait times and ensuring annual funding for hospitals will keep up with the rate of inflation and population growth. The party is also campaigning on the implementation of a universal pharmacare program and dental coverage for all Ontario residents.
The Ontario provincial election is set for June 7, 2018 and it remains to be seen just how many promises being made by leaders of all the political parties can be fulfilled. – CINEWS