Jahangir has advocated for nurses as a local coordinator in Guelph for more than a decade and she served as president of the bargaining unit for two years while working at Homewood. She currently works at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre. Aisha says, “As a registered nurse, I understand that strong public systems of healthcare, education, and social support are the tools that allow us to advance as a society that leaves no-one behind.” Aisha ran for school board trustee in Ward 6 in the recent municipal election. Asked what motivates her to run in the 2019 election, Aisha said, “I have been inspired by the new generation of activists and leaders, people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jacinda Ardern. They understand that the impact of environmental degradation and climate change will be greatest on those with the fewest resources – but, ultimately, these forces threaten every person on the planet.”
- What is your political philosophy and how does it match with the NDP’s vision?
We are stronger when we work together! That is a principle of the labour movement and the NDP. I have a deep commitment to making Canada a country that embraces and welcomes diversity. Compassion and solidarity – Love and Courage!– can overcome self-interested competitiveness.
- What issues do you hope to focus on during your nomination campaign and/or the election?
As a nurse, I am committed to the strengthening of public medicare. I have seen first-hand that strong public systems of healthcare, education, and social support are the tools that allow us to advance as a society that leaves no-one behind. Affordable housing should be a right for all Canadians. The impact of environmental degradation and climate change is greatest on those with the fewest resources – but, ultimately, these forces threaten every person on the planet. The advance of divisive right-wing forces must move us to action; we cannot afford to sink into despair. That is the challenge that Jagmeet Singh has taken up, and I want to stand with him in the 2019 federal election.
- Describe how your past experiences will help you in this endeavour.
My political engagement began with my union work and then expanded. I have lobbied on behalf of the CLC, OFL, and the Ontario and Canadian Health Coalitions. Last year, I ran for election as a school board trustee. Although I was not elected, I enjoyed having the chance to advocate for stronger social support for children.
- Is there anything else that you wish to add?
My experience as a regulated health professional demonstrates my commitment to serving my community. The fulfillment that I find in my career – making a positive difference to people in need – motivates me to advocate for the community at large.