Here for Ottawa West-Nepean
Chandra Pasma is the Offical Opposition Critic for Poverty and Homelessness Reduction.
Chandra is a public policy researcher, activist, and mom.
Chandra is a proven advocate for workers and people who need a helping hand. As a researcher with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Chandra fights to ensure that all Ontarians have access to high quality, vital public services like health care, emergency services, and post-secondary education.
Prior to CUPE, Chandra served as an advisor to parliamentarians, delivering change on important issues like child care, affordable housing, and Employment Insurance. Chandra has also been active for over a decade as an anti-poverty activist, fighting for comprehensive solutions to ensure that everyone in our communities can live in dignity.
As a parent, Chandra has seen first-hand the effects of the Ford government's cuts to education and healthcare on our local schools and the Queensway-Carleton Hospital. Chandra is a tireless advocate for these and other public services that improve the lives of everyone in her community.
Chandra lives with her husband and three school-aged children in the Qualicum neighbourhood of Ottawa West-Nepean.
West: 6,000 ACTRA workers take stand against Ford
QUEEN'S PARK - Ontario NDP Labour Critic Jamie West (Sudbury) passionately spoke out against the Ford Conservatives’ ongoing backing of union-busting advertising agencies.
West wasn't alone in this fight - he was joined by representatives from the powerful group of 6,000 ACTRA commercial workers...
Reality Check: Ford Conservatives have no plan to restore the Greenbelt
QUEEN'S PARK - In a not-so-surprising twist, the Ford Conservatives’ promise to restore the Greenbelt is now weeks behind schedule – another letdown from a government tainted by corruption.
The question remains: Will this...
NDP demands committee to investigate Ford’s Greenbelt corruption
QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition NDP Leader, Marit Stiles, has tabled a motion to form a special Select Committee to investigate how the Conservatives rigged the Greenbelt process to benefit a few of their speculator friends.
“I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – we are going to use...
NDP MPPs demand investigation into Ottawa's urban boundary expansion
QUEEN'S PARK- Ontario NDP MPPs Joel Harden (Ottawa-Centre) and Chandra Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) issued a joint statement after announcing that they will call on the Auditor General to investigate the Ford Conservatives’ decision to expand Ottawa's urban boundary and amendments to municipal official...
Stiles, NDP stand in solidarity with First Nations
QUEEN'S PARK - Leader of the Official Opposition NDP Marit Stiles and Deputy Leader Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong), Critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations, issued a joint statement condemning Premier Ford's outright refusal to engage in meaningful meeting with First Nations Chiefs regarding issues that...
NDP renews calls for public investigation into minor league hockey
QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jennie Stevens (St. Catharines), Official Opposition NDP critic for Sports and Tourism, renewed calls for a public investigation into the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) after the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) launched an investigation into allegations of minor league hockey teams being...
NDP: fire Verster over colossal, costly Eglinton LRT disaster
QUEEN’S PARK – Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), Official Opposition NDP Critic for Transit, called for accountability from new Transportation Minister Sarkaria, beginning with firing Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster after today’s announcement that the Eglinton Crosstown LRT continues to be plagued with problems and is...
MPP Fife: After Greenbelt scandal, Ford’s Conservatives can’t be trusted with finances
QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Catherine Fife (Waterloo), NDP Finance critic, released the following statement in response to the release of 2022-23 Public Accounts:
“This is a government in disarray, who spent almost a year wasting time on the Greenbelt scandal instead of implementing real solutions that could help...
Stiles: Ontarians are owed transparency, accountability following Greenbelt corruption
QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition NDP Leader Marit Stiles will be calling to issue a Speaker’s Warrant to require public testimony from the two Ford-connected developers who were set to make the highest financial gain from the Conservatives’ $8.3 billion cash-for-access Greenbelt grab.
If passed, the...
Ford's Conservatives block Greenbelt reversal
QUEEN’S PARK – Despite promising Ontarians that they will restore the removed lands back into the Greenbelt, Ford's corrupt Conservatives blocked the Greenbelt Restoration Act in the Legislature this afternoon.
Official Opposition NDP Leader Marit Stiles introduced legislation that would restore...
NDP MPPs take fight for Francophone university to Queen’s Park
QUEEN’S PARK - On Franco-Ontarian Day, NDP Critic for Francophone Affairs Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk—James Bay) and MPP Jamie West (Sudbury) passionately rose during question period to challenge the Ford Government's lack of funding and commitment to building a fully Francophone university at the University...
A day to give Franco-Ontarians their laurels
QUEEN'S PARK - Official Opposition Critic for Francophone Affairs Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk - James Bay) made the following statement for Franco-Ontarian Day:
"Our history consists of the forests north of 11, the Timmins gold rush and the Sudbury nickel rush. Our history is that of the Kapuskasing paper...