SCARBOROUGH—Following a competitive nomination race with over 9,000 local members, Mazhar Shafiq was elected as the Ontario Liberal Party Candidate for Scarborough Centre.
Shafiq, a community leader and political advisor, spoke of his experience immigrating to Canada, saying, “Nearly twenty years ago, I arrived at Pearson Airport with little more than a desire to see a better life for my young family. An engineer in Pakistan, in Canada I worked any job I could find to make ends meet, before upgrading my skills and becoming involved in the automotive sector and then in public service.”
“My story is a story made possible by a supportive government that values immigration, skills development and ensures a minimum-wage job pays a fair living. That is why I am so passionate to be running on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team, to ensure every family can access affordable post-secondary education, find an affordable home and work to get ahead,” said Shafiq. “I am honoured to be standing as a candidate to fight for those Canadian values and to serve all communities in our diverse riding.”
“I'm thrilled the people of Scarborough Centre will have a Liberal candidate who will make them proud. Maz has the skills and talent to be a strong local representative and make a significant contribution to the future of Scarborough,” said Brad Duguid, the long-time local MPP. “I'm also pleased Maz will further advance the efforts of our Premier to build a team that represents the diversity of Ontario.”
Mazhar Shafiq worked as a highway engineer in Pakistan after earning his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore. Upon arriving in Canada, he earned a post-graduate certificate from Sheridan College and worked in various roles in the automotive sector, before becoming a special assistant to Rob Oliphant, MP for Don Valley West. He then worked as a special assistant and communications advisor to the Hon. Kathleen Wynne. Since 2013, he has served as a senior advisor for community relations to the Premier.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to deliver opportunity and fairness for everyone. While Ontario has a balanced budget and growing economy, not everyone is feeling that growth yet. That’s why we are working to deliver a fairer, better Ontario through free tuition for 210,000 students, free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
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