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Mississauga-Erindale Community BBQ a Success  

Honourable Ken Dryden (centre) with co-hosts Omar Alghabra and Harinder Takhar

Mississauga– On Saturday, July 28, Omar Alghabra, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale, and Harinder Takhar, Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Centre co-hosted their annual joint Community BBQ at Huron Park . The event was intended to bring families and neigbours together in order to continue to enjoy the summer and to provide an opportunity for the community to interact with their elected representatives.  People also had the opportunity to meet and speak with the Honourable Ken Dryden who was the guest of honour. Also in attendance were Gurbax Malhi, MP for Brampton-Gore-Malton, Bonnie Crombie, federal Liberal candidate for Mississauga-Streetsville and Charles Sousa, provincial liberal candidate for Mississauga-South.


“It was a wonderful gathering that brought our constituents together. Minister Takhar and I are fortunate to represent such a dynamic and engaged community. We are grateful to Mr. Dryden and everyone else who showed up. The picnic was a great success,” said Omar Alghabra.


 “We wanted to demonstrate to Canadians how their provincial and federal representatives are not only working together to respond to their needs but in bringing people together in enjoying the summer season,” said Minister Takhar.


There were almost 1,000 people in attendance, including Peel Police Chief Mike Metcalf, Peel Police Acting Superintendent Adams and Acting Inspector Jarvis from Division 11. While adults had the opportunity to speak to their elected representatives in a casual environment as well as socialize with friends and neighbours, children were entertained with face-painting, temporary “Canada-themed” and henna tattoos, caricatures and a water splash pad. 


Additionally, fire fighters from Fire Station 110 were on hand to teach children about fire safety and to give excited youngsters tours of the trucks. Several environmental organizations were also present, distributing and providing information on how to be environmentally friendly. And finally, hundreds of burgers and refreshments were served as people mingled and enjoyed the perfect weather.


 The day was remarkably successful in both joining families and displaying multi-level government cooperation for the good of the community.  



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