Dear Friends,

I’d like to thank the voters of Scarborough Southwest for the opportunity to have served as your Member of Parliament from October 2008 until May 2011. It was an honour and a privilege to voice your concerns and challenges in Ottawa in addition to working within the community on issues that mattered to you most.

My personal goal during my tenure was to advance true change in the culture in Ottawa. Open, accountable and transparent governance were words often used by our government in statements, debates and media releases. Sadly, consistent action in this regard rarely reflected the rhetoric.

As the first Member of Parliament to fully disclose and publish online complete details of my annual MP’s budget, I deemed that to be a small step in helping to restore public confidence in our government. By providing details of how YOUR money’s being spent, it was my hope that might be a start in addressing the public cynicism and suspicion that prevails in our country with respect to politicians at all levels of government.

To that end, I will be devoting myself in the coming months to fighting for greatly increased transparency, accountability and access to information from our federal government, on behalf of all Canadians. We deserve open, democratic government and should accept nothing less.

If I can be of any service to you, or you are interested in working with me to achieve this goal, please feel free to contact me anytime by at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Kind regards


CBC - The National Clip - MP Expenses - October 15, 2011

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