- Seher Shafiq
Getting more immigrants to run for political office means paving the way for active citizenship
Updated: Sep 29, 2022
7,467,500 reach | Reprinted Prince Albert Herald Daily, 15 Aug, The Hill Times 16 August)
Newcomers often become involved in local community-based activities before engaging in formal political activities like voting and running for office.
Kristyn Wong-Tam just made history. They became the first Asian-Canadian, queer and non-binary person elected to Ontario’s legislature, significantly expanding the vision of what a politician looks like in this country.
Wong-Tam joins other recent Canadian political “firsts,” including Bhutila Karpoche, the first elected official in North America of Tibetan descent, and Doly Begum, the first Bangladeshi-Canadian woman to be elected in the country.
These leaders share a similar journey that first began with meaningful participation in civic engagement and community work, increasing political engagement, culminating in the decision to run for elected office.