Four East African-Canadians candidates running in the 2015 election have won their ridings, are now heading to the Canadian Parliament to represent their constituencies: We wish them all the best and hope they will advance the interests of all East African Canadians in the upcoming Parliament.
Yasmin Ratansi elected for the Liberal party in the riding of Don Valley East. She was defeated in the last election but made a swift return to Ottawa. Ratansi is from Tanzania and was the first Muslim woman MP elected to the Canadian parliament in 2011. She is a Certified General accountant by profession.
Ahmed Hussen won for the Liberal party in Greater Toronto riding of York South-Weston. Hussen is the first Somali-Canadian MP elected to the House of Commons. He is also a criminal defense lawyer and president of the Canadian Somali Congress.
Deepak Obhrai is going back to Ottawa for the seventh time, this time by winning the newly created riding of Calgary Forest Lawn for the Conservative party of Canada. Obhrai is Indo-Tanzanian. He was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the defeated Harper government.
Arif Virani won the Parkdale-High Park riding in Toronto. Virani, a multilingual Ismaili Muslim who came to Canada as a refugee from Uganda. He helped persecute the genocide at the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He’s a human rights and constitutional lawyer who works for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. .