It is absolutely correct that Canada is a land of opportunity. However, in some cases things just do not make sense and require scrutiny. Anyone who works for a living understand that the street here are not exactly paced with gold.
The Iqra Khalid (Mississauga Erin Mills) story in the 2015 Federal election is certainly a story that is well outside of either common sense or probability.
Reading Khalid’s biography notes, we learn that she arrived in Canada from Pakistan in the 1990s and that she attended York University until 2007. Thus, she was remote to community of Erin Mills (Mississauga) for a large amount of time when most pursuing political office would be expected to be inside the riding and building name recognition.
Subsequently, she spent time in Michigan again taking courses at a Michigan University.
Her scant time in Canada and considerable time outside of the riding she would ultimately seek election in are hardly pursuits aimed at building name recognition in a Federal Riding where one seeks election a short time later.
The 2015 election results show that Khalid garnered 27,520 votes or about 49.7% of the ballots counted in the fall of 2015 Federal election where she immerged as the Member of Parliament for that riding. Her relatively short time (post education) in employment was working as a Legal Clerk for the City of Mississauga – again, hardly the stuff of which name recognition is built.
Thus, it is reasonable to consider that whatever name recognition that Khalid had built was likely built upon the Pakistani/Muslim expatriates residing and eligible to vote in the 2015 Federal election. And, it is at that point that things just do not make logical sense.
Statistics Canada reports that Erin Mills (riding area) has 7,335 Pakistani expatriates of which 1,090 are first generation Canadians (folks who recently arrived in Canada). Even IF each of Pakistani expats voted for Khalid; 7,335 votes would have landed her in third place. Extrapolating the Statistics Canada Census data further, let’s assume that 100% of the Muslim population in that riding (which I will assume to include the Pakistani number – above) all voted and all voted for Khalid, she could have ended up with 18,840 votes and finished deeply in second place.
I am left scratching my head and trying to understand how an unknown, who had spent little time in the community because of time away at university could possible end up with 27,520 votes. There is a mathematical “gap” of about 8,680 votes (27,520 minus 18,840) that escapes logic.
It makes one wonder if there is either a logic explanation or serious reason to ponder voter irregularities.
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