Reacting to “Health in Peel” Briefing by the Peel Poverty Action Group
PORT CREDIT. October 8. Tonight, I attended a briefing on health for all candidates presented by the Peel Poverty Action Group. Only two of Mississauga’s 16 mayoralty candidates attended, along with six candidates for Council and three for school trustee.
Meeting Chairman Jim McDowell of the Peel Regional Labour Council made some good points in highlighting unemployment problems, especially loss of manufacturing jobs. He stressed the need for better dental care, such care being vital to overall health.
The main presentation was by Anu Radha Verma of the East Mississauga Community Health Clinic. She spoke on dental care, surviving without health insurance, newcomer health, health issues for transsexuals,, housing and health.
In terms of policy suggestions, she was very exercised about “people who do not have status” — in other words, illegals — and their problems. She wanted Mississauga to be like Toronto and Hamilton and serve people regardless of their immigration status. My position is clear: These people are illegally in the country and should be deported. Providing benefits to them would be a betrayal of our taxpayers.
She also urged Mississauga to be more LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer] friendly and to provide “gender neutral” washrooms for the transgendered. I oppose catering to already pampered minorities. I am pro-family and oppose most of the homosexual agenda which seeks to transform our society.