CORNWALL, Ontario – Raheem Aman believes that Canada needs to reinvest in its unique, diplomatic identity, and is hoping that Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry voters will agree with his platform points.
Aman hopes to place focus on working closer with the science community, working on environmental sustainability, governmental peace keeping and continued transparency throughout his campaign. His Party’s main beliefs, including non violence, social justice, respect for diversity, ecological wisdom, sustainability and participatory democracy resonate deeply with Aman. He sees our region as a beautiful and safe location to live, with a lot of room for growth.
At the age of 26, this will be the second federal election Aman has campaigned in for the Green Party, the first being in the Hamilton Mountain district in Hamilton, Ontario. The Green Party, among all other parties, is the one in which Aman’s beliefs and moral compass best align with right now. Aman also prides himself on being politically engaged with local council meetings, striving to review the agenda if he can not attend.
“Many people don’t know what the green party is all about,” said Aman, who referenced stereotypes that elude to the Party focusing solely on the environment or being associated with marijuana because of the colour.
Aman recently moved to Cornwall after living around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for the earlier years of his life. After growing up in Mississauga, Aman’s family moved to Brampton when he was 13 and later moved to Hamilton to be closer to his grandmother who was living with health challenges. Aman graduated from McMaster University where he studied Justice, Political Philosophy and Law.
With a low federal voter turnout, under 50 per cent, especially among young adults, Aman feels that he will face challenges and advantages as a youthful candidate. He reasoned that although Cornwall’s demographic is largely comprised of seniors, everyone cares about legacy for family and friends in years to come, and thus they will be encouraged by his good Canadian values and sustainable platform points.
“As a young person, that’s coming to bring more energy…its a little unusual to see someone so young caring about politics, so I feel like it will have a positive effect,” said Aman. “People want something different…they’ve seen irresponsibility (with other Parties).”