New Democratic Party nominee Aisha Jahangir held her campaign launch on Tuesday morning, filling the Carbon Café with family, supporters and those that wanted to learn more about what she stood for.
Jahangir has agreed to an in-depth interview with The Post later on Tuesday, but the message she gave to those sitting in the café was that she is a candidate that takes climate change seriously, fights for public services and defending the rights of all members of all society.
“I think Aisha’s off to a great start, she gave a compelling speech,” campaign manager David Josephy, who is also a professor at the University of Guelph, adding that “she really connected with people.”
Over 20 individuals, a mix of current New Democrat members and some from outside the party, were packed into the café starting for the launch that kicked off at 8:30 a.m. — though, anyone that was not a registered NDP member as of May 22 will not be able to vote in the contest.
Jahangir, a lifelong Guelph resident, is up against Andy McCann-Pappin for the candidacy of the NDP ahead of the fall federal election. McCann-Pappin is being interviewed by The Post later on Tuesday.
Jahangir emphasized that she brings “tenacious leadership” to the table and, as a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience, she says that “caring comes naturally”.
Whoever wins between Jahangir and McCann will be up against incumbent MP Lloyd Longfield, Green candidate Steve Dyck, Conservative Dr. Ashish Sachan and the People’s Party of Canada candidate Mark Paralovos.