Federal election is an opportunity for our community to become more involved

To our fellow Arab Canadians,

This federal election is an opportunity for our community to become more involved in Canada’s democratic process and make our voices heard. How? By educating ourselves on the issues, by attending and participating at candidates’ meetings, by volunteering our time for the candidate of choice, by volunteering as polling clerks … and by voting in large numbers on Election Day. We invite you to refer regularly to the Election 2006 section on CAF’s new website.

According to CAF`s post 2004 election analysis, there is a surprising number of ridings across Canada where election outcomes could be influenced by Arab as well as Muslim voters. For example, the Liberal candidate, Eleni Bakopanos in the riding of Ahuntsic won her seat by 1,214 votes in the 2004 elections. At that time, there were 6,550 Arab Canadians living in her riding.

Attached is the Vote 2006: Guide to the Federal Election. Prepared in cooperation with the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR), this guide provides full information on how Arab Canadians can fully participate in the January 23 elections.

So now, it’s up to us to get informed, participate in the democratic process and vote on Election Day.

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