Ahmed Hussen, the Liberal candidate for York South–Weston, wrote an article this week for the Huffington Post about the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East.
Hussen was a refugee from Somalia, and he says that “our nation has lost its way”.
What motivates me to run is a reflection of my journey from being a refugee living in social housing, to becoming a lawyer, and advocating on behalf of all Canadians. The Canada I knew in the 1990s was one that welcomed refugees and new immigrants openly, striving to ensure equal opportunities for all. What is special is how we have a rich tradition of refugees who give so much back to our country, appreciate the opportunities that they received, and embrace Canadian openness and protection of minorities.