November 18, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and placed many Canadians in vulnerable positions, our government responded with benefits to provide help in these hard times. While the road to recovery may not be easy, we will continue to support Canadians and Canadian businesses and get through this together.
November 14, 2020
Happy Diwali to all those celebrating the Festival of Lights! I wish you and your loved ones a joyous celebration of hope and love in a safe and responsible manner this year.
October 1, 2020
This Islamic History Month we recognize the extraordinary contributions Muslim Canadians have made to our country. Here in Ajax we are fortunate to have one of the largest and most vibrant Muslim communities in Canada. This October, we celebrate our Muslim brothers and sisters.
September 21, 2020
On Friday, September 18, 2020, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced $45 million in funding from the federal government to help upgrade and expand the Durham Public Transit bus fleet. This funding is part of a $125 million combined investment with the Government of Ontario and the Regional Municipality of Durham to expand and upgrade transit across the region. We will continue to upgrade our pubic infrastructure, including transit, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 13, 2020
Congratulations to everyone who completed the #WalkForJustice to call for an investigation into the thousands of Tamils who forcibly disappeared in Sri Lanka, and every victim of forced disappearances worldwide. I stand with those calling for an end to this terrible practice.
July 22, 2020
It was great to sit down between House sittings yesterday with the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, the Honourable Mary Ng. We discussed how Canada's small businesses, including businesses, non-profits and charities within the Town of Ajax, can use the recent benefits and initiatives our government has introduced to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 1, 2020
Happy Canada Day! As we come together in safe and virtual ways this year, I hope everyone has a fantastic day of celebrating this incredible country.
June 3, 2020
Thank you to everyone who attended the Ajax Virtual Town Hall last night, and to the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada's Minister of Health, for the great discussion on Canada's health response to the #COVID19 pandemic. Please find the full video of last night's Town Hall.
May 18, 2020
Today we pay recognition to the atrocities that took place in Mullivaikkal in the lead up to the end of the Sri Lankan civil war. On this day, 11 years since these horrific events took place, we say not again - not ever again in Sri Lanka, nor anywhere else in the world.
April 23, 2020
Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Ajax and Durham Region, across Canada and worldwide celebrating the start of this holy month. While breaking fast will be more isolated this year, I wish you a healthy and blissful Ramadan of peaceful reflection.
April 13, 2020
Happy New Year to everyone in the Tamil community celebrating Puthandu - in Ajax, across Canada and around the world. Though these are very challenging times, I still wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous year ahead. Iniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal!
April 12, 2020
Happy Easter! While this year is different with loved ones at a distance, may you still have an extraordinary holiday filled with love. Thank you for sacrificing traditional celebrations to help protect everyone in our community
February 1, 2020
It was an honour to attend the 13th annual Durham Black History Month Celebration in Ajax tonight, to recognize and celebrate the indelible contributions Black Canadians have made to our country, along with Pickering MP Jennifer O'Connell and Whitby MP Ryan Turnbull. Thank you to Esther Forde and Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. for hosting.