New Democrats in the Saskatoon Silverspring-Sutherland constituency have chosen journalist and business owner Zaigham Kayani to be their candidate in the next provincial election.
Kayani, who is also president of the Pakistan Canada Cultural Association, was nominated Monday at a nomination meeting at St. Paul’s United Church.
“Zaigham is passionate about ensuring all people have the building blocks that give them a chance to fulfill their potential and really get ahead – starting with a strong education and excellent, accessible health care,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who attended the nomination meeting. “For me, politics isn’t just about the province doing well, it’s about people doing well. That’s a mission I know Zaigham is committed to, and his belief that all people deserve a fair chance at success is one of the motivations that will make him an excellent MLA.”
Kayani holds a degree in English and Political Science. He’s been a driving instructor at public schools in Martensville, Warman, Dalmeny, Langham and Rosthern, and owns his own SGI-accredited driver education business in Saskatoon. Kayani also hosts a weekly radio show on CFCR in Saskatoon and is a freelance journalist.
As a volunteer, Kayani has served as a translator for the Open Door Society and has been on the executive for the Gold Heart Award-winning non-profit organization the Adam Assistance Program, which gives free transportation to seniors.
Kayani and his wife Nighat have four children: Shayan, Shazmeen, Sehrish and Shahana.
“Saskatchewan is an incredible place to live – but it can be even better,” said Kayani. “After years of prosperity, we have overcrowded classrooms and schools that desperately need repairs. We have hospitals that are dirty, run-down and bursting at the seams with patients who are forced to wait too long. It doesn’t have to be this way.
“By focusing on what matters and focusing on the things that make a real difference in the everyday lives of Saskatchewan families, we can deliver more opportunity and a more sustainable future for our province. I’m excited about Cam Broten’s vision for Saskatchewan, and I’m ready to be a part of it.”
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