Friday, May 22, 2009

Canada's Female Sikh MP in Hot Water

From the Times of India:
Embattled Indian-Canadian MP Ruby Dhalla, who is facing charges of abuse by her two former nannies, was in more trouble on Thursday when an advocacy group working for foreign workers testified in support of the nannies.

Thirty-five-year-old Ruby Dhalla, who is the three-time MP from the local Brampton-Springdale constituency, faces the allegations by her two Filipino nannies that they were underpaid, overworked and forced to do non-nanny jobs while they were employed briefly at the MP's home here in February 2008.

A former Miss India-Canada runner-up, Dhalla has called the allegations "a political conspiracy" to defame her.

She is the first Sikh woman to become an MP in Canada and is widely considered to become the first South Asian cabinet minister in a future government by her Liberal Party.

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