MP Ruby Dhalla step down after two nannies claim they were mistreated
Brampton, May 06, 2009
J. Gill/Gary Singh
NRI Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla has stepped down from her
position as the Liberal party's multiculturalism and youth critic
when two nannies claimed that they were mistreated by her family
The two nannies- Magdalene Gordo,31 and Richelyn Tongson,
- They worked 12-16 hours per day for $250 per week
- They were hired to take care of Dhalla's mother, Tavinder Dhalla
and forced to work long hours for cash
- They also performed other duties such as washing cars.
- One nanny alleged she had to clean a chiropractic clinic run
by Dhalla's brother, Neil Dhalla, and shine his shoes.
- Their passports were seized.
The allegations were not proved as written by local
Dr. Ruby Dhalla said she was "shocked
and appalled" by the allegations and denied any involvement
in the selection and supervision of the workers. Ruby Dhalla said:
Dhalla's brother Neil Dhalla has also denied any wrongdoing
in a telephone interview with CTV News. He said, "In no way
shape or form has my sister been involved. I hope my family and
I are not being used as a scapegoat to deflect attention from their
possible misrepresentations and any current legal difficulties that
these live-in caregivers may be facing."
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said:
- He accepted the resignation but she will continue to sit in
the Liberal caucus.
- I look forward to a determination of the facts regarding her
family’s experience with live-in caregivers
The Independent Workers Association called on the
Attorney General of Ontario and other federal bodies to launch full
investigations into potential breaches of the law.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney would not speak
about that specific case and said:
- He was not aware of the specific allegations levelled against
Dhalla and her family but employers should not hold the passport
of a foreign worker.
- If caregiver's passport is kept by employer, they can be easily
exploited because they don't have access to their own travel documents.
There are more than 30,000 live-in care givers come
to Canada each year.