Last week the Canadian-Muslim Vote a non-partisan organization that seeks to identify and get out the Muslim vote held an event that saw PM Trudeau along with 20 Liberal MPs from the GTA, including five cabinet ministers: Ahmed Hussen, Maryam Monsef, Bill Blair, Mary Ng, and Kirsty Duncan. Two Grit candidates received shout-outs from the stage: Milton’s Adam van Koeverden, the four-time Olympic medallist, and law professor Anita Anand, who is running in Oakville.
Toronto Mayor John Tory also addressed delegates, as did NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt. Tory Leader Andrew Scheer was in Iqaluit, his office said.
Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia showed up to pose for pictures and took to the stage to rally the crowd around the NBA championship win.
In his speech Trudeau noted that the Canadian-Muslim Vote had reached 2.5 million people in the past four years and noted the influence of Muslim grassroot volunteers. Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey suggests there are almost 1.1 million Canadian Muslims.
According to a 2015 paper prepared by the Canadian Dawn Foundation, a group dedicated to cross-cultural understanding, the Muslim community accounts for 2.1 per cent of the electorate and it’s estimated it could influence the outcome of races in 23 constituencies.
Many of them are in the GTA, where Friday’s event was held. It was an opportunity for politicians from all parties to make their case and persuade voters to support them in the upcoming elections. -CINEWS