Muhammad Ali Bukhari from Toronto: The New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate, Doly Begum becomes first Bangladeshi Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) in Province of Ontario in Canada, who easily defeated a former Toronto Police Superintendant from the Progressive Conservative Party and a veteran Liberal Party MPP in Scarborough Southwest constituency.
Doly, who served as co-chair of the Scarborough Health Coalition and vice-chair of the Warden Woods Community Centre, scored 19,751 votes while Progressive Conservative candidate Gary Ellis, who retired from policing 10 years ago after serving as unit commander of Scarborough’s 42 Division, the homicide squad and various other units, came in second with 13,592 votes. Liberal incumbent Lorenzo Berardinetti, who has represented the riding at Queen’s Park since 2003, came in third with only 8,215 votes. Moreover Green Party candidate David Del Grande, who works in product development for one of the large Canadian banks, came in fourth with 1,144 votes. Also running and polling under 1 per cent votes each were Allen Atkinson of the None of the Above Direct Democracy Party (274), Willie Little of the Party for People with Special Needs (196), Libertarian candidate James Speirs (161) and Bobby Turley of the Trillium Party (64).
‘I am going to fight for the people,’ said Begum, who promised to ‘have town halls so that we can discuss what is impacting them’ and ‘to be their voice with open access to all’. Begum, who came to Canada from Bangladesh as a child with her parents and younger brother and has lived in Scarborough most of her life, was the chief coordinator of the province-wide Keep Hydro Public campaign.