Aisha Jahangir, a nominee seeking to run for the New Democratic Party in the fall federal election, is holding a campaign launch and meet-and-greet event at the Carbon Café early on Tuesday morning.
The NDP are the last major party to choose a candidate after the Conservatives voted to have Dr. Ashish Sachan run as their candidate.
Jahangir is up against challenger Andy McCann-Pappin and the winner will face off against Sachan, incumbent MP Lloyd Longfield, Green Steve Dyck and the People’s Party’s Mark Paralovos this fall.
The campaign launch will start at 8:30 a.m. with the event page description reading “come out and share coffee with your NDP MP nominee”.
The New Democrats will choose their candidate on June 22 at the Evergreen Centre.
Jahangir, a life-long resident of Guelph, has worked as a registered nurse for more than 20 years and is currently employed at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre. She ran in the 2018 municipal election for trustee in Ward 6.
The female nominee has advocated for nurses as a local coordinator in Guelph for more than a decade and served as bargaining unit president for two years while working at Homewood Health Centre, according to a New Democrat press release.
“As a registered nurse, I understand that strong public systems of healthcare, education and social support are the tools that allow us to advance as a society that leaves no one behind,” Jahangir added in a New Democrat press release announcing the nominees.
When asked why she is running for the nomination, Jahangir said “I have been inspired by the new generation of activists and leaders, people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jacinda Ardern”, a representative in the U.S. Congress and the prime minister of New Zealand, respectively.
“They understand that the impact of environmental degradation and climate change will be greatest on those with the fewest resources – but, ultimately, these forces threaten every person on the planet,” she added.