My family legally immigrated here as refugees in the 1980s. Having been forced out of Zimbabwe as its dictator, Robert Mugabe, consolidated his grip on power and with our home country (Sri Lanka) devastated by a brutal civil war, we were fortunate enough to re-settle in Canada.
I truly owe this country a debt of gratitude.
Like many new immigrants, we struggled at first. Nevertheless, we loved virtually everything about our new home (even the snow…well at least initially:). We particularly cherished the Canadian values of democracy, individual rights and freedoms, equality, the rule of law, and the fact that different races, nationalities and religions came together as one. We were diverse yet united!
Sadly, I now fear that the Canada that welcomed me and that I grew to love is being lost. I see the erosion of our liberties; especially freedom of speech. I see increasing corruption, a loss of sovereignty, declining affordability, financial mismanagement and deteriorating social cohesion. In essence, I do not see a government that works for the people.
As Mahatma Ghandi said, “be the change that you want to see in the world.” That is why I have decided to stand as a candidate for the People’s Party of Canada in Toronto-Danforth. I invite you to read the PPC’s platform and see for yourself how we put the interests of average Canadians first.