Con­ver­sa­tion with Jinny Sims MP for New­ton North Delta

Asian Journal - - Person in Focus -

Ray Hud­son

Jinny Sims, born in In­dia, came to Eng­land with her fam­ily where she grew up, be­com­ing a teacher fol­low­ing her school­ing at the Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria in Manch­ester. In 1975 she and her hus­band moved to Canada, first On­tario and then Nanaimo, where she be­came ac­tive with the BC Teach­ers Fed­er­a­tion which she ul­ti­mately led as the sixth fe­male pres­i­dent in 2004. In 2011, she was elected as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. With an elec­tion com­ing in the fall, she spoke with Ray Hud­son of the Asian Jour­nal about her rid­ing and is­sues that con­cern her.

Asian Jour­nal: What con­cerns are you hear­ing amongst your con­stituents? Jinny Sims: The re­cent gang-re­lated vi­o­lence is up­per­most. I’ve been push­ing the Con­ser­va­tives on a timeline for the ar­rival of the ad­di­tional po­lice for Sur­rey. We’ve had over thirty-five shoot­ings in the New­ton area in the last few months, and we still don’t know when the ad­di­tional po­lice will ar­rive. I think this is an emer­gency and po­lice should be al­lo­cated from other parts and sent straight away. I’m not say­ing that more po­lice is the to­tal an­swer, but I think im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tion would send a warn­ing mes­sage to the gangs and to our youth. In the long term we need to in­vest more in ed­u­ca­tion, early in­ter­ven­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and all of those things. But to blame the op­po­si­tion for stop­ping them from pass­ing their law and or­der bills, when they’re a ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment, is one of the most bizarre ar­gu­ments I’ve ever heard.

Asian Jour­nal: What other is­sues do you high­light here? Jinny Sims: I find that the is­sues are the same as they are for other com­mu­ni­ties: de­cent pay­ing jobs so peo­ple don’t have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet; is­sues around youth un­em­ploy­ment with par­ents very wor­ried about a fu­ture for their chil­dren with the de­cent pay­ing jobs dis­ap­pear­ing; high univer­sity or post sec­ondary debt; and the need to in­vest in the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grams as well. I hear a lot about af­ford­abil­ity in the rid­ing with peo­ple feel­ing squeezed from pay­check to pay­check, specif­i­cally for hous­ing. Peo­ple came to Sur­rey be­cause of the high cost of hous­ing in Van­cou­ver and now peo­ple are feel­ing squeezed out of Sur­rey too. I’m con­cerned about pay­day loan com­pa­nies that charge very high fees for cheque cash­ing, af­fect­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble. At the same time peo­ple tell me they feel gouged by the banks that make bil­lions in prof­its, through bank ser­vice fees and very high credit card fees. As you know, my rid­ing has mul­ti­ple small and medium-sized busi­nesses, and I hear from them about trans­ac­tion fees, which may be the high­est in the G7 coun­tries. Trans­ac­tion fees in Aus­tralia, Bri­tain or Europe, are about point six per­cent. Here it can be as high as three to five per­cent.

Asian Jour­nal: It gets to the point where some com­pa­nies don’t want to take debit or credit cards. Jinny Sims: We have put for­ward mo­tions that would limit or cap trans­ac­tion fees be­cause other banks around the world are man­ag­ing al­right, so why can’t they in Canada? Some small and medium-sized busi­nesses are also look­ing for some breaks and as you know our party has al­ready an­nounced a 2% cut to the tax bracket for those busi­nesses. I hear from those work­ing at min­i­mum wage jobs in the ser­vice in­dus­tries. You can barely sur­vive on $10 per hour, es­pe­cially when you have rent to pay. These peo­ple

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Jinny Sims, MP for New­ton North Delta.

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