Somali Canadian wins election

Hassan Faisal captured 36.08 per cent of the vote (13,456 votes) surpassing his opponent PC candidate Mark DeMontis, who received 32.95 per cent, while former Liberal incumbent Laura Albanese garnered  27.83 per cent of the vote. 

“Today is not the end, it’s just the beginning,” Hassan told a crowd of family, friends, neighbours and volunteers at the Mount Dennis Legion. “I love York South-Weston. Thank you to each and every one of you for giving me your trust. I’m going to work every day to represent us well.” 

Hassan said he was proud of the campaign he and his team ran. 

“We ran on a positive vision; change for the better,” he said. “We’ve given families in our community new hope.”

On the campaign trail, Hassan said he spoke to people who are struggling with the high cost of hydro; with those who have had to deal with long hospital waits.

“I met people who were going to vote NDP for the first time, who were inspired by (NDP leader) Andrea Horwath’s message,” he said.

Hassan is a former broadcaster. The local resident is also a published author who serves on the board of the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre.

Faisal Hassan vowed he and his provincial NDP colleagues would hold Conservative premier-elect Doug Ford accountable at Queen’s Park to cheers from his York South-Weston supporters Thursday night.

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