Born in India, Jinny Sims grew up in England where she earned a Bachelor of Education at the University of Victoria in Manchester before moving to Canada to teach English in 1975.
Jinny spent all of her professional life dedicated to the betterment of education for young people, and as a principled champion of social justice issues: Sims is past-president of the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association; at the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF) she served as a director, vice-president and president; in 2011 she was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Newton-North Delta.
Jinny was elected to the 41st Parliament, Sims has served as Official Opposition critic for Consular Affairs; Official Opposition critic for International Cooperation; Official Opposition critic for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism; Official Opposition deputy critic for Foreign Affairs, and currently as Official Opposition critic for Employment and Social Development.
Jinny is a welcome advocate for a community that is largely ignored by the Conservatives and Liberals. From fighting hard to re-unite families to exposing the abuses of the temporary foreign workers program that steps over young Canadians who need jobs, to demanding the government make good on its promise to make our streets safer, Jinny cares about making Newton an affordable, safe place to live for all families.
First elected to Parliament in 2011, Jinny has long championed fairness for working and middle-class families.
Jinny is a strong advocate for a safer and more affordable Surrey. For the last four years, she has ruthlessly challenged Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to fulfill their promise of more RCMP officers for our city.
She is also pushing for reinstatement of Canada Post home delivery service, responding to residents’ concerns over job cuts, accessibility, and vandalism at neighbourhood super-boxes.
As NDP critic for Employment and Social Development, Jinny has pressed for a $15/hour federal minimum wage and quality childcare where parents pay no more than $15/day.
Jinny is an outspoken critic of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Before entering politics, Jinny was a high-profile voice in the labour movement. As President of the BC Teachers’ Federation, she worked tirelessly to build local support for public education, fought for smaller class sizes and stood up for the rights of teachers and all working people.
Jinny moved to Canada from England with her husband Steve in 1975. They proudly raised their two children here in B.C. Jinny is passionate about Canada’s youth and holds none dearer than her three grandchildren: Emily and twins Jacob and Jessica.
Jinny believes in a multi-facetted approach to solving the violent crime problem plaguing Surrey. She is fighting for:
- Delivery of the 100 additional RCMP officers the Conservatives promised to Surrey by July 31st, 2015.
- More funding for Surrey from the Youth Gang Prevention Fund.
- More federal funding to the Surrey school board for drug prevention programming.
Affordability and jobs:
Jinny and the NDP support:
- A $15 federal minimum wage
- An independent review of the badly broken Temporary Foreign Worker Program
- Tax credits for businesses that hire young Canadians (ages 18-25)
- A cap on ATM fees (no more than $0.50 per transaction)
- Reasonable credit card fees (no more than 5% over the prime rate)
Stephen Harper promised to create 125, 000 new childcare spaces. After almost a decade, he has not created a single one. Jinny and Tom Mulcair' s NDP team believe that Canadians have waited long enough for quality, affordable childcare. Jinny and the NDP have a plan that would create a quality, affordable daycare spot for every child in Canada -- one that would see no parent paying more than $15 per day for a spot. The economy grows by more than $2 for every $1 invested in childcare. What are we waiting for?
Jinny and the NDP support:
- Growing the Canada Pension Plan
- Returning Old Age Security eligibility to age 65 (Stephen Harper’s Conservatives raised it to 67).
- A National Seniors’ Strategy
After nearly a decade in government, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have failed to improve public health care. Instead, they’re cutting $36-billion in funding.
Jinny and the NDP are standing up for:
- Better home care, long term care, and palliative care
- Expanded public coverage for prescription drugs
- Putting patients at the centre of primary care
- Tackling the social determinants of health
- Recognizing the importance of mental health
- Improving health care services for Aboriginal peoples and others in federal jurisdiction