I believe that if our government is going to continue to support and grow the middle class, we must elect more members of the middle class who are willing to work hard for positive change.
From the experience I have gained as a professional career woman, a public servant, an educator, a small business owner and an active member of the community, I am ready to serve the people of Orléans.
As the President of the Orléans Federal Liberal Association, I am continuing conversations with members of the Liberal party and those we meet at the doors while canvassing. My priorities and commitments for Orléans, presented below, stem from those conversations.
Defending our Official Languages
Canada is a bilingual country and Franco-Ontarians are part of the fabric of our nation. After seeing my parents struggle to pass on their language and culture to myself and my siblings, I appreciate the important work that Franco-Ontarians do to ensure preservation of the culture and the French language. You do not have to be Franco-Ontarian to defend and preserve the French language; you simply have to be Canadian. As a proud Canadian, I have taught myself French without professional training and I intend to continue to protect and defend our official languages.
Supporting Small Businesses
As the owner of a small business that had to close down after four years of struggles, I understand the challenges that small business owners face. I want the government to make it easier for small businesses to start up, scale up, and access new markets. I understand how important small business is to our community’s economy and I will work hard, and collaborate with others, to better support the small businesses in Orléans.
Investing in Transit Beyond Ottawa’s LRT to Trim Road
Like many of you, I take the 231 from Chapel Hill to the downtown core every day for work. I want our government to continue to improve public transit, like the Phase 2 extension to extend the LRT from Blair Road all the way to Trim Road. Thoughtful infrastructure planning, such as park and rides, are required to ensure a convenient commute for public transit users.
I’m proud to be running for a party that is taking real action on climate change and will work tirelessly to protect and preserve our environment for future generations. Many among us were filling sandbags just a few weeks ago for our neighbours and friends to help them protect their homes. We must assess the local impact of global climate change on our community and neighbours. I want to prioritize this assessment and help protect and preserve the environment and local landmarks like Petrie Island and the Mer Bleue Bog.
Supporting our Veterans
Today’s Canadian Armed Forces continue to protect the freedom we enjoy. My brother is serving in the military and experienced frequent geographical moves, long periods of separation within the family, geographic isolation from extended family support systems, and deployments to high-risk areas of the world. I understand what a family sacrifices when a Canadian chooses to serve our country.
I will work tirelessly to ensure veterans and active service members receive the services and respect they are entitled to. I promise to respect and support veterans in a way that Canadians expect and will ensure that our government lives up to its obligation to Canadian veterans and their families to give them the support they deserve.
I want to serve as your Member of Parliament because I am committed to giving back to Canada, this great country that gave my family a place to call home and me so many of the rights I enjoy.
Please help me continue the great work that the Honourable Andrew Leslie has done for Orléans by supporting me. I need your vote in the Liberal nomination to represent you as your next Member of Parliament for Orléans.
You cannot vote in the nomination if you do not register as a liberal member so please register and vote for me.
Khatera Akbari, Liberal Nomination Candidate for Orléans