why i'm running for the national executive

fellow young liberals,

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be running for Vice-President Communications of the Young Liberals of Canada in Halifax!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m currently studying journalism and political science at Carleton University. I’m a dedicated Young Liberal and the Chief Officer of the Carleton University Young Liberals as well as the President provincially. 

I first got involved in the 2015 campaign and fell in love with Liberal politics from the very beginning. I started volunteering on Catherine McKenna’s campaign and have since helped out with campaigns across the country, knocking doors and leading phone banks from LPC Headquarters.

Becoming a Young Liberal has opened so many doors for me. It brought me to the House of Commons on International Women’s Day last year as a Daughters of the Vote delegate, to Parliament Hill as a staffer, to Catherine McKenna’s office as a summer intern.

I’m running for the YLC national executive because I want Young Liberals from across the country to have the same opportunities and experiences that I’ve been so fortunate to have. I believe I have both the experience and the passion to help lead us into the next election in 2019 and continue to push for positivity in politics and real change.

Thanks for reading, I hope to see you all in Halifax this April!


why I'm a liberal

My Liberal roots can be traced to a time long before I was born. 

My father grew up in South Africa during apartheid, a time that was unfavourable for black and coloured populations. While his Indian background made life in South Africa difficult, my family was able to immigrate to Canada in the late 1960s, because of the White Paper on Immigration introduced by Liberal Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. 

Leading up to the 2015 federal election, I found myself angry at a lot of the failures of the Harper government. I cared about the refugee crisis in Syria, an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the environment. 

This anger sparked my political participation. I joined my Young Liberal campus club at Carleton University, and hit the campaign trail with Catherine McKenna. 

My involvement in politics has granted me the opportunity to meet amazing people from across the country, who are dedicated to making Canada a better place to live. Needless to say, I was hooked. 


 As the Chief Officer and provincial President of one of the country's most active campus clubs, I understand the importance youth clubs have in organizing for elections. 

I first joined the Carleton University Young Liberals in my first year of university in 2015. I served as the club's Executive Vice President, before being elected Chief Officer last year. 

Election mobilizing on campuses was a key measure of our electoral success in the 2015 election and it is of the utmost importance that we continue to provide the necessary resources to our campus clubs, in order to effectively mobilize, hold events and maintain a strong presence on campus. 

One of the most rewarding experiences I've been granted through my Young Liberal involvement was the chance to work on Parliament Hill. 

First as a Parliamentary Assistant to Dan Ruimy and then as a summer intern to Catherine McKenna, having the opportunity to work towards real change with our Liberal government was a very valuable experience. 

I had the chance to get to know Young Liberals from across the country through building connections and friendships with fellow Summer Leadership Program participants. These dedicated people all have unique experiences and diverse perspectives to bring to the table. 

One of the best opportunities to get involved in Liberal politics is campaigning during elections and by-elections. 

Whether it was going door-to-door during the 2015 election or leading phone banks from LPC headquarters during by-elections, campaigning has given me valuable insight into the importance of efficient mobilization. 

Knocking on doors and having conversations with Canadians is one of the cornerstones of our democracy and a rewarding opportunity to meet fellow Liberals and build new friendships and connections. 

Getting Young Liberals out in 2019 will be key to ensuring our electoral success and giving PTBs and campus clubs the necessary resources to effectively mobilize will be crucial. 

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