MLA Anam Kazim was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-Glenmore, on May 5, 2015.
Can you tell me about a positive experience you have had with your constituents in your riding of Calgary-Glenmore?
Oh yes, I work very closely with the Jewish community because I have the Calgary Jewish Community Centre in my riding. It’s the only Jewish Centre in the city of Calgary. I also have synagogues in my riding. My engagement with the Jewish community has been amazing, in fact there have been many events promoting interfaith harmony among different groups in Calgary and I have been working very closely with the Calgary Interfaith Council. Every time I’m interacting with the Calgary Jewish community, by going to their events, visiting their facilities, or working with their community leaders and religious leaders… it has been tremendous. It has been productive, very fruitful. All of the decisions are all about making our communities stronger, making sure people are connected with each other. It’s all about connections, community building, community strengthening. So it has been a great experience, in fact in the Alberta legislative assembly, I was able to present a motion to declare the first week of February as the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week and that motion was passed in the house unanimously.
Would you say its important for youth to exercise their voices and their rights to vote, especially with upcoming by-elections and the upcoming provincial election in 2019?
Absolutely, their participation is very important. Voting, first of all, is very important. I encourage people to take time out of their schedule to make sure that they vote. Every vote counts. I personally, had a tie on my election night! I won by six votes. It’s the perfect example for everyone of how important the voting process is.
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