Two Black candidates running in Toronto Centre byelection


From left: Marci Ien for the Liberal Party and Annamie Paul for the Green Party

Two candidates from Toronto’s Black community – Marci Ien of the Liberal Party and Annamie Paul of the Green  Party –  will run in the byelection  in the riding of Toronto Centre to be held on  October 26.

(Two byelections are to be held on that date in Toronto. The other is for the riding of York  Centre.)

The Liberals are hoping to hold on to the two seats left vacant by the recent resignations of Liberal  MPs, Bill Morneau and Michael Leavitt..

Broadcaster Ien  who was recently the co-host  of “The Social,” a daytime talk show on CTV, is running for the  seat held by Morneau, the former finance minister.

” I’ve always strived to provide a voice to people who need it most — and now more than ever, we need all Canadians’ voices and aspirations to be reflected in the hard work of building a better future,” she said.

 “That’s why I’m running,” she added.

Paul, a human rights lawyer who is also a candidate for the leadership of the Green Party, is running for the second time in Toronto Centre. She lost to Morneau in the last Federal elections,”

” I am running for the same reason that I did in the last election.  The people of Toronto Centre deserve real representation — something they haven’t had in a very long time,” she said