“In this leadership race, we have 4 outstanding candidates and so it took some pondering to figure out as to who I’d support. But as the race has progressed, it has become undeniably clear that Niki is far and away the best candidate to lead the federal NDP. Niki is one of the most inspirational people I’ve met in politics, for she’s young, she’s experienced, she’s passionate, she’s tenacious, and most of all, she’s grassroots-oriented and down to earth.
The NDP is a party with a proud tradition of championing bold policies and I know Niki will carry on this legacy as our next leader. Out of all the candidates, Niki consistently has the most progressive, the most comprehensive, and the most transformational policies. One example of this is with her tax reform plan, which would be the most progressive wealth transfer in Canadian history and will finance huge investments into our severely deteriorated public services. Another example is with her phenomenal gender violence and discrimination policy, which will fundamentally change how victims are supported by government and break down the real, systemic barriers for women that have existed for far too long.
The policy that has blown me away the most is Niki’s racial justice policy, which doesn’t just identify the issue, but provides concrete and meaningful solutions. Racism isn’t just an American problem, it’s very much so a Canadian issue as well. It’s institutional in our governmental bodies and services, it’s systemic in society, and racialized folks experience it in every part of life. Niki’s plan is one that would fundamentally change the experiences of racialized folks in Canada and, for me personally, it would mean that my mom and I no longer have to avoid of going to the American border due to the fear of being harassed again because of our last names.
For 2 years, I have been sick and tired of seeing the media fawning over Trudeau for doing absolutely nothing constructive. When he’s not busy trying on colourful socks for getting photo ops in the lake, he’s privatizing our infrastructure, leaving our relic of an electoral system unreformed, cozying up to Donald Trump, and not acting in the spirit of reconciliation by repeatedly breaking his promises to our Indigenous peoples. For the sake of progressive Canadians, we need someone who is ready to take him on and win in 2019, and Niki is that person. She has the energy, the experience, and the vision to do the job, and I know that she will make an absolutely exceptional NDP leader and New Democrat Prime Minister.”
-Amin Ali, Participation of Visible Minorities Director, New Democratic Youth of Canada