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Ahmed Hussen

Federal Liberal Candidate in York South-Weston

Ahmed Hussen is the Federal Liberal Candidate in York South-Weston. Born and raised in Somalia, Ahmed immigrated to Canada in 1993 where he settled in Regent Park and quickly gravitated towards public service. In 2002 he co-founded the Regent Park Community Council and was able to secure the $500 million revitalization project of Regent Park, all while ensuring the interests of the area’s nearly 15,000 residents were protected. Ahmed currently serves as the National President of the Canadian Somali Congress – a Somali community organization that works with national and regional authorities to advocate on issues of importance to Canadians of Somali heritage and strengthen civic engagement and integration. His results-driven reputation led to an invitation to join the task force for modernizing income security for adults in the Toronto City Summit Alliance.

Ahmed is fluent in English, Somali, and Swahili, and earned his B.A (History) from York University and his Law Degree from the University of Ottawa. In 2004, the Toronto Star recognized him as one of ten individuals in Toronto to have made substantial contributions to our community.
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Canada Can and Must Do Better for the World's Most Vulnerable

Having spent the first part of my life living in Somalia, Canada was a beacon of light. I came to Canada in 1993 as a refugee, and was welcomed with open arms. Coming to Canada was not just an opportunity to feel safe -- it quickly became home. Sadly, our nation has lost its way. What motivates me to run in this election is a reflection of my journey from being a refugee living in social housing, to becoming a lawyer, and advocating on behalf of all Canadians. The Canada I knew in the 1990s was one that welcomed refugees and new immigrants openly, striving to ensure equal opportunities for all.
09/14/2015 12:14 EDT

Why Aren't We Putting Al-Shabaab Terrorists Behind Bars?

Recently, the British Government held a major international conference on Somalia. Simply put, in the case of Somalia, Al Shabaab could be considered an "organization" that has a systematic policy of preventing civilians from accessing food aid, and should be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
04/09/2012 04:29 EDT