Two Pakistani women secure victory in Canada general elections
TORONTO: Canada’s Liberal Party has decisively won parliamentary elections, ending nine years of Conservative rule, partial results show.
The Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, have won in 185 electoral districts. The son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is now poised to form a majority government, while incumbent Conservative PM Stephen Harper – whose party could only bag 103 seats.
Among the candidates who attained victory were two Pakistani-origin women representing the Liberal Party of Canada.
Liberal challenger Iqra Khalid won a hard-fought battle to unseat Conservative incumbent Bob Dechert in the redrawn Mississauga-Erin-Mills riding.
The rivals were toe-to-toe all evening in what was considered a stronghold for the Conservatives but the party’s perceived anti-Muslim agenda likely cost it the riding populated by the Muslim community.
Meanwhile, the first-time Liberal candidate Salma Zahid took Scarborough Centre for the Liberals, displacing Roxanne James, a Conservative who won in 2011, in the Monday, Oct 19, federal election. With most of the polls reporting, Zahid had 13,376 votes, James had 8,080, Alex Wilson of the NDP had 3,096 votes, Libertarian Katerina Anroutsous had 986, and Lindsay Thompson of the Green partty had 638 votes.
Salma Zahid started a home catering business to make ends meet when she lived in Toronto’s Regent Park neighborhood.