Ahmed Hussen has commented on his victory and on being the first Somali-Canadian to be elected. He told the CBC
“The Canadian-Somali community has challenges with youth jobs, youth violence and I have some experience in those fields to try and make a difference,” he said. “But I’ll be working hard for all the residents of York South-Weston, regardless of their heritage.”
“Sure, I’m proud to be the first Somali-Canadian to get into elected office but my history has indicated my ability to work with everybody and I intend to do that [here],”
He told InsideToronto
“Myself and my team are very happy and pleased with the results,” Hussen said by phone shortly after results came in. “We pounded the pavement learning about issues and concerns. I’m happy to say our campaign grew by leaps and bounds. I am humbled by the results…. I will work hard for (constituents), listen to them,” he said, adding a focus on infrastructure, jobs, representation, and a strong constituency office are at the forefront. “I commend Mike Sullivan and wish him the best of success.”
The Star wrote a very complimentary article:
After arriving alone as a 16-year-old refugee from Mogadishu, Hussen completed high school in Hamilton and then moved in with one of his brothers, who had secured a subsidized apartment in Regent Park.
A backlog in refugee applications for permanent residency meant that Hussen couldn’t qualify for a student loan. So instead of waiting for his papers, he got a job and spent more than a year commuting nearly two hours to pump gas at a station in Mississauga, where he was paid $6.85 an hour.
“The fact that I lived in public housing was crucial to being able to save for university,” he said in an interview with Star Touch.