Tory Politicians Campaign for Sikh Votes

January 8, 2006

Source: The Mississauga News

On January 8, 2006 The Mississauga News reported, "Local Tory candidates visited a Sikh temple in Mississauga today in an attempt to win votes from a community that has traditionally voted Liberal. Conservative candidates Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale) and Raminder Gill (Mississauga-Streetsville) were joined by Tory immigration critic Diane Ablonczy this morning at Shiromani Sikh Sangat, where they worked hard to sell the party's immigration platform. Gill reminded the congregation that, if elected, the Conservatives will reduce the $975 fee immigrants pay upon entering the country. The Conservatives have promised to cut the landing fee in half, and possibly to reduce it to $100. The Liberals, on the other hand, have promised to abolish the fee entirely if re-elected... Gill urged the Sikhs to vote. 'You're all politically savvy,' he told the 60-plus members of the congregation, 'but one thing you must do is get more involved in the process.' Dilpreet Cheema, secretary of Shiromani Sikh Sangat, said the temple does not endorse candidates. However, Cheema said he sees the Sikh community in Mississauga evolving politically."