TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - Migrante, an alliance of organizations composed of
caregivers and their families today called for an investigation into
allegations that two nannies were mistreated and their rights violated by
The caregivers said they were under the employ of the family of Dr. Ruby
Dhalla, MP for Brampton-Springdale.
The caregivers Magdalene Gordo and Richelyn Tongson claimed their
passports had been seized. They also claimed that Dhalla family members forced
them to do non-nanny jobs such as washing cars, shining shoes and cleaning
family-owned chiropractic clinics.
Today's article in the Toronto Star belies Dr. Dhallas claims to champion
causes important to families and to raise awareness among women of ethnic
communities. The actions cited violate labour standards as well as the
"This is precisely the problem with the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)
-- the temporary status of the caregivers, the live-in requirement and the
employer-specific visa make the caregivers really prone to abuse," said Maru
Maesa of Migrante Ontario.
Recently, the disturbing issue of live-in caregivers took centre stage in
roundtable discussions and parliamentary debates concerning the Live-in
Caregiver Program and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
The documentation collected by Ontario Labour Minister Peter Fonseca from
his community round tables show lend credence to the exploitative nature of
the LCP. This recent incident proves that the program has to be overhauled.
Migrante-Ontario will continue to push for the fundamental demand that
the Canadian government grant caregivers landed status upon arrival. At the
same time labour and occupational health and safety standards should apply to
them in the same way as these apply to other workers.
Migrante-Ontario calls on the Attorney General of Ontario to launch an
investigation into Ruby Dhalla's treatment of the two Live-in Caregivers under
her employ. "Certainly, these actions of an elected representative who
allegedly abused her position of power and status must be put into question,"
said Maru Maesa.
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