Ottawa (HOL) – An Ottawa educator has officially tossed his hat into the ring for the Liberal nomination in the Ottawa-Vanier riding.
Abdourahman Kahin, a public school teacher, and community counsellor announced his intentions to seek the federal Liberal nomination at a New Year’s Eve meet and greet where he introduced himself to the community.
He told the audience of constituents that his main priority on Parliament Hill would be to fight for jobs in his community.
-“If elected, my number one priority will be JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. Having a job is much more than just a paycheck. It reflects who we are, our role and contribution to our community and society.”
Ottawa-Vanier has been vacant since the death of eight-term Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger who has served the riding for 21 years and was also a cabinet member in former Prime Minister Paul Martin’s government. He died in August from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).
Mr. Belanger was first elected as an MP in a 1995 by-election.
Ottawa-Vanier has been represented in the House of Commons since 1925, and since then it has only elected Liberals. As staunchly Liberal riding, any candidate who secures the nomination will in all likeness win the by-election.
2017 By-elections have yet to be officially scheduled but it is political sources speculate that it would likely occur in the second half of January.
The nomination contest for Ottawa-Vanier will be among the first where registered Liberals who did not pay a fee to the party will be able to cast a vote.
Earlier this year, the Federal Liberals decided to eliminate the $10 membership fee in a bid to increase party membership and engagement. Any Canadian willing to participate in the nomination contest can now register for free online with the federal Liberal Party.
Abdourahman Kahin has lived and worked in the Ottawa-Vanier area since he came to Canada as an immigrant in 1989. Being a French speaker, it made sense for Mr.Kahin to settle in the heart of Ottawa’s francophone community and begin to build his new life.
Now, the father of 2 wants to serve the community that he has called home for nearly 30 years.