Month: October 2015

Philippine Inquirer reacts to Trudeau election

Photo Credit: Liberal Party Facebook. Justin Trudeau greets supporters at subway station. INQUIRER.net U.S. Bureau October 21st, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO—Canada dealt a big blow to incumbent conservatives by voting in its first new leader in nearly a decade in a general election that gave Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party an absolute majority. This is good news for immigrants. The Liberal Party has promised to make family reunification easier for new immigrants by doubling the number of parents and grandparents of immigrants admitted under the Canadian parents and grandparents program (PGP) that are granted permanent residency each year to 10,000, according to a report by Immigration.Canada. The number of immigrant parents and grandparents allowed into Canada under the PGP program is limited to 5,000 per year, imposed by the Harper government, which claimed that older immigrants place a burden on Canada’s health-care system. But Liberal leader Trudeau says that reuniting families was an important help to middle class families, with older relatives often assisting young parents by helping out with tasks such as child care, allowing them to go to work and save money on child day care costs. Liberals have also promised to double the budget for processing applications under the parents and grandparents (PGP) program, which will significantly reduce the current multiyear wait times for immigration applicants. The Liberals also promise to grant the spouses of immigrant’s permanent resident...

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Mario Rimbao: Native Montrealer represents NDP in Liberal stronghold

    Rimbao likes a challenge   By Staff Born and raised in Montreal, Mario Rimbao is running in the October 19 federal election in Mount Royal, a riding in the city that has been held by Liberals since 1945. Mount Royal’s former MPs include the late former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, father of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau. “I’m the underdog, without a doubt, but I always like a challenge,” Rimbao said in an interview with The Senior Times, a local paper. Rimbao, who was born to Filipino immigrant parents, works in the shipping industry, setting schedules for cargo ships. His wife Roanne is a registered nurse. They have a young daughter. According to his campaign website, the NDP candidate has been a long-time coach in the Philippine Basketball Association of Montreal, providing him an opportunity to connect with the youth. The 36-year-old is a relative unknown in the politics, but he is not deterred, telling The Senior Times: “ I have to introduce myself to the people, but everyone started somewhere.“ “One thing I’m good at throughout my life is dealing with people, touching their emotions, their passions, issues and problems,“ Rimbao also told the paper. “I understand people, I grew up around different nationalities and backgrounds, and I know how to deal with all of them. I don’t have the celebrity status or the experience politically,...

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Levy Abad: Singer, songwriter runs for MP in Winnipeg North

By Staff Winnipeg North was the riding won by Rey Pagtakhan in 1988, becoming the first Member of Parliament who is of Filipino descent. In this year’s October 19 federal election, another Canadian of Filipino heritage will try to get the seat. Singer and songwriter Levy Abad is running with the NDP. He immigrated to Canada in 2006. Abad has taken a leave from his job as multicultural outreach coordinator for Flor Marcelino, a Manitoba MLA of Filipino ancestry and Minister of Multiculturalism and Literacy in the province. In an interview with the Winnipeg Free Press, Abad said that his experience as an immigrant, and the desire to help new Canadians are huge reasons why he is seeking election in the House of Commons. “I’m running because I want to pay it forward. I want to serve,” the 47-year-old Abad told the Winnipeg Free Press. “When I first arrived in Canada, I was so fortunate because Canada offers a better life for my family, for my wife and two kids. I’m so happy to be here. The people are friendly, welcoming and caring. “But, I’ve had my struggles, which is connected with the reason I am running. When I first arrived I was lucky to have a job. I worked from 5:30 in the afternoon as a labourer to 7:30 in the morning. With that experience I can relate...

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Jojo Quimpo: From paralegal and festival organizer to aspiring politician

By Staff When Prime Minister Stephen Harper was preparing to visit the Philippines in 2012, one of the people his office sought to join him was Francisco ‘Jojo’ Quimpo. When the Vancouver man received a call from Harper’s office, it got him thinking that perhaps it was time for him to do more for his adopted country. Previously apolitical, Quimpo began to realize that the Filipino community needed a voice in Parliament to articulate its various interests and causes. In 2014, Quimpo sought and won the nomination of Harper’s Conservative Party to be its candidate in Vancouver Kingsway in the October 19 federal election. Prior to coming to Canada with his family in 1996, Quimpo was a law student in the Philippines. As he worked in a fish-packing plant to provide for his family, he never forgot his dream to work in the legal profession. He eventually completed his studies in Vancouver and became a paralegal at a premier law firm in Vancouver, where he worked in litigation and evidence management for several years. Quimpo is also active in the community, organizing festival and other public events to share the vibrant Filipino culture with the rest of Canada. He is the founder of the Pinoy Fiesta: Unang Hirit summer event, the largest Filipino event in the Metro Vancouver region. Quimpo, a descendant of a prominent political family in Aklan...

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Jesus Cosico: Independent candidate wants to be MP of new Nepean riding in Ottawa

By Staff Jesus Cosico stated on his website that he is an independent candidate by choice in this year’s October 19 federal election. “I do not have all the impressive campaign resources that other candidates may have, but I bring to you a strong belief that more than ever Canada needs independent voices in parliament willing and able to bring forth new ideas and the courage to fight for them,” Cosico declared. Cosico and his family came to Canada in 2001. He and his wife of 39 years have four children. Their only daughter is a nurse. One son is a medical doctor. Their two other sons are studying at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. Cosico described himself as a former politician in the Philippines, and an engineer trained in the University of the East in Manila. He is running in Nepean, a new riding in Ottawa. According to Cosico, he will serve as a voice for pro-life issues if elected as Nepean’s first MP. The independent candidate said: “As an advocate and strong supporter of Pro-Life, I would like to make it my business to voice out and fight for the rights of these unborn fetuses whose chances to survive and be given the opportunity to be a part of a society are cut short through abortion.” “Likewise, I want to be the voice of the...

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