Creating History – Ten Muslims Elected to Canadian Parliament

TORONTO: At least ten Muslim candidates won the election to the Canadian Parliament held on October 19 in which the Liberal Party won the majority. The Liberal Party candidates were elected from 185 districts. The Party is headed by Justin Trudeau. The cut off point for majority is 170. The Conservatives won from 97 districts followed by New Democrats who won 28 seats. The French party Bloc Quebecois won nine seats. All Muslim MPs have won on Liberal Party ticket.

Here is a list of the Muslim MPs:

Maryam Monsef
Monsef, an Afghani-Canadian, became the first female MP in the history of Peterborough.
The 30-year-old MP co-founded the Red Pashmina Campaign that raised over $150,000 for women and girls in Afghanistan. She is also the co-recipient of the Peterborough YMCA’s Peace Medallion. She is the youngest ever MP at 30 years and possesses a degree from Trent University.

Ahmed Hussein
The National President of the Canadian-Somali Congress was elected for the Liberals in York South-Weston, becoming the first Somali Canadian MP.
Hussein, who earned his B.A (History) from York University and his Law Degree from the University of Ottawa, was recognized in 2014 by Toronto Star as one of ten individuals who have made substantial contributions to the community.
The Somali-born lawyer and activist also emerged as a powerful community leader after co-founding the Regent Park Community Council in 2002, as well as sourcing $500 million revitalization project of Regent Park.
 
Omar Alghabra
The mechanical engineer MBA graduate was elected for the Liberals in Mississauga Centre.
Serving as the Member of Parliament for Mississaug-Erindale from 2006 to 2008, Alghabra offered his constituents a strong voice on both local and national issues like the Liberal Critic for Natural Resources, as well as Citizenship and Immigration.
Currently, the Muslim MP is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson University.
 
Iqra Khalid
The Liberal MP won a hard-fought battle to unseat Conservative incumbent.
Khalid, a young Pakistani-Canadian woman, graduated from York University in 2007, with a double major in Criminology and Professional Writing.
The legal professional in the City of Mississauga has held numerous volunteer positions including President of the Pakistani Student Association, Media Relations Ambassador for the York University Student Alumni, Communication Coordinator for the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals, and a Director on the Board for Breaking Free Foundation.
 
Majid Jowhari
The Muslim businessman was elected for the Liberals in Richmond Hill, becoming the country’s first Iranian-Canadian MP.
Jowhari holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Ryerson University, and an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
 
Yasmin Ratansi
Ratansi, who served Don Valley East in the House of Commons from 2004 to 2011, was elected for the Liberals in the same riding.
Being an MP for Don Valley East, she served in the House of Commons as Chair of Government Operations, Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women and Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of Procedures and House Affairs.

Arif Virani
The Muslim rights activist was elected for the Liberal in Parkdale-High Park.
Being fluent in English, French, and Hindi, Arif has worked as an analyst with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa, and as an Assistant Trial Attorney prosecuting genocide at the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Coming to Canada as an Ugandan Asian refugee, Arif earned a BA Honors in History and Political Science from McGill University, and completed his LL.B at the University of Toronto.

Salma Zahid
The recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was elected for the Liberals in Scarborough Centre.
Zahid, a Pakistani-Canadian mother of two, is senior advisor to the Government of Ontario in numerous portfolios ranging from Health and Long Term Care, Infrastructure, Citizenship and Immigration, and Tourism to Culture and Sports.
She holds a Masters in Educational Management and Administration from the University of London’s Institute of Education, and an MBA from Quaid e Azam University in Pakistan.
 
Ali Ehsassi
Ehsassi, an active member of the Liberal Party for several decades, was elected for the Liberals in Willowdale.
Holding a BA from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics, Ehsassi is a lawyer by trade.
He also obtained his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and his LL.M. at Georgetown University Law Center.
 
Marwan Tabbara,
The Lebanese-Canadian politician was elected for the Liberal in Kitchener South Hespeler.The Liberal party volunteer earned a BA from the University of Guelph.
Tabbara currently holds two jobs, a field supervisor for Q2 management and supervising production operations of Pepsico food manufacturing facility.

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