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El-Farouk Khaki announces intention to take on "Rosedale Bobbie"

April 5, 2007 - for immediate release.

At about 12:15 PM today in the 519 Community Centre, the geographic and cultural heart of the Toronto Centre riding, Canadian Muslim Union Secretary-General El-Farouk Khaki announced that he will be standing for nomination by Canada's NDP. With him to show support were his long-time colleagues, MPP Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-High Park), MPP Paul Ferreira (York South-Weston) and Michael Shapcott (housing activist and former NDP candidate for Toronto Centre).

Khaki, who is a reflection of Canada's diversity and pluralism, is a well known social justice activist. He was the driving force behind Salaam, a national group for the queer Muslim community. The well known Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) was founded in his offices. Last year he, the rest of the MCC executive and most of the directors left the MCC to found the Canadian Muslim Union in order to be a more effective voice for progressive visions of Islam.

Earlier this year he was awarded the 2007 Steinert and Ferreiro Award from the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal Foundation for his dedication to promoting understanding of the LGBT community.

Speaking at the announcement, DiNovo reminisced about Khaki's work representing the Muslim perspective on her radio show. Ferreira and Shapcott also have long associations with Khaki through their work promoting social justice.

While the Liberals believe that "Rosedale Bobbie (Rae)" is a sure winner, almost 4 out of every 10 voters in Toronto Centre lives below the poverty line. Those voters want a representative who knows which side he's on. That person is El-Farouk Khaki.

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