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Ujjal Dosanjh

Ujjal Dosanjh

The Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh PC,QC,LL.B
Member of the Canadian Parliament for Vancouver South In office 2004–2011
Canadian Minister of Health In office July 20, 2004 – February 5, 2006
33rd Premier of British Columbia In office February 24, 2000 – June 5, 2001
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for Vancouver-Kensington In office 1991 –2001
Attorney General of British Columbia In office August 16, 1995 – February 29, 2000
British Columbia's Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism and Human Rights In office May 10, 1995 – February 29, 2000
British Columbia's Minister of Government Services In office April 10, 1995 – August 16, 1995
British Columbia's Minister Responsible for Sports In office April 10, 1995 – August 16, 1995
 
An Open Letter to Minister Wilson-Raybould, Dear Minister, With great dismay I read the news that the extradition of the two Canadians accused in Jassi Sidhu's murder approved by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has been, albeit temporarily, halted by the B C Court of Appeal. The muddled circumstances under...
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Despite being woefully belated in speaking up on the tragedy faced by the Rohingya, Prime Minister Trudeau deserves praise for his telephone call and letter to the de facto Mayanmar (Burmese) leader, Nobel laureate and honorary Canadian Aung San Suu Kyi. At least he finally spoke up where many western leaders...
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I have previously written two columns on this site on the persecution of Rohingya by the Burmese/Mayanmar military dictatorship that obviously remains intact, despite the Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Qi being the head of the so called democratically elected government. The first was " The Nobel Committe Must Strip Aung...
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The national inquiry into the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) had been demanded for some time; there had been calls for such an inquiry for many years. I had become aware of the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women in the mid nineties, when I served as...
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It is sad, almost tragic, that Americans haven't woken up to the possibility, nay even the fact, that Donald Trump might have been a "Russian Candidate" for the US presidency; and that he may now be the Russian President of the USA. All that we have heard over the past several...
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If one asked about the violent hot spots in the world, even a reasonably well informed Canadian would usually think of the Middle East and Africa. Very few would mention Burma, now officially known as Mayanmar, as a serious concern despite there being a large scale ethnic cleansing underway with implicit...
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Many of us had been watching with horror the United Airlines brutally dislodging a passenger from his seat and mercilessly dragging him through the aisle and off the plane, all to allegedly make space for their own employees in a flight the United says was oversold by them. Why did United...
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Canadians depend on the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to defend us at home and abroad. In dangerous times they are prepared, if need be, to die protecting us. That is why it was disheartening and not at all good news to hear the Canadian Forces Ombudsman...
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With the passage of time arrogance tends to afflict many governments democratically elected by a population yearning to replace uncaring or autocratic regimes with more caring and empathetic ones that might listen more and dictate less. In its dying days, if not long before then, the Harper government had become a...
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Notice: This blog is about politics in India. So, if you don't understand or aren't interested, I'd understand. Thanks. As a wayward child of India, let me describe what I see and feel about Mother India--from across the oceans. There have been state elections in Mother India. Many are celebrating full...
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Dear Minister Ahmed Hussen Many of us cheered when you were recently made the Immigration Minister. We felt that as an immigrant Canadian you would surely bring to your position a new and hopefully more compassionate perspective on what it may mean to be Canadian. But our cheers were short lived....
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Two recently leaked draft reports of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), prepared for the White House in relation to the proposed revised travel ban on immigrants from the Muslim countries named in the original ban stayed by the US Courts, reached conclusions that Canada will do well to not...
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Dear Donald Trump, I had written the piece that follows this letter before your inauguration. Since then you have given me no reason to change my mind. Your inauguration speech was a long tirade-- directed at the open, progressive, immigrant friendly country of the world that you inherited --intended to chart...
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I celebrate Canada of 2017 for opening its doors and promise to millions like me. An immigrant from India, I arrived in Canada in May 1968. Just the previous year Canada had celebrated its Centennial capped by Expo 67. I had been in the United Kingdom for over three years and...
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Dear Kellie Leitch I was intrigued by your plea for people to" understand that I do have 22 letters after my name, I am not an idiot." You subsequently clarified the number was 18 not 22, but that you were still not an idiot. Initially I resisted the idea of publicly...
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Dear Donald, you and your surrogates have been noxiously complaining that the US Democrats are raising the bogey of Russian hacking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to delegitimise your electoral victory and undermine your presidency. I am a citizen of the increasingly smaller world: A Canadian citizen living next door...
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Justin Trudeau just shuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, November 10th. It was needed and timely and not just because of the impending reincarnation of a self confessed pussy grabber, liar, racist, misogynist, xenophobe and a bully billionaire celebrity into President Trump. There were other legitimate reasons obvious for anyone to see...
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The world is about to bid goodbye to 2016. Prime Minister Trudeau's honey moon with Canadians has continued, marred only by the constant questions re "cash for access" and electoral reform. The House of Commons is on a long Xmas and New Year's break. The government benches no longer have to...
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Team Trudeau's "sunny ways" are constantly being clouded over by the drip-drip of the fallout from the political fundraisers that the Prime Minister and his ministers continue to hold and attend despite mounting opposition, media and public concerns. The Prime Minister and his ministers have continued to defend what now seems...
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Prime Minster Trudeau's Sunnyways was a perfect albeit temporary antidote to the disconnectedness and the vitiated mood of Canadians in the last few years of Harper government. After enjoying a rather longish post election honeymoon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is beginning to hit some potholes in its journey. It was...
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