TORONTO: There is serious realization among the much concerned and worried youth that the people, community and country need good people and true leadership for practical changes and which is lacking badly.

            There is also great disappointment that most parties and leaders are miserably failing to fulfil commitments and meet expectations and instead keep deliberately ignoring and neglecting people and issues. They are controlled and dictated by very powerful lobbies.

             This grim and worsening situation is compelling youngsters to stand up, come forward, think, plan and act. They know that the deteriorating situation could prove harmful for the people, system and country. They understand that a timely action is badly needed.  

             Most youngsters feel that it’s time to say `Good Bye’ to all such parties and their poodles and puppets which fool and cheat people and only promote and protect their vested interests. Enough is enough. No more politically laced Lollypops, Dirty Tricks and Hidden Agendas.

              Political parties too badly need new faces and hot blood to improve their image and win trust and confidence of the people. This is because people have started rejecting and dumping the `Cold-blooded Old Ones’ who become loyal only to the parties but useless for the people.

             This youth leadership trend is gaining momentum. This is a very good sign for the people, communities and the country.

             Khalid Ahmed is one of such youngsters who want to contribute tremendously and play an important role in bringing positive practical changes. 

             Khalid is just 19 years old. He is a student and plans to study Criminology from UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Oshawa.

             He worked very hard, qualified and won the Ontario’s New Democrats nomination as NDP candidate for MPP from Don Valley West on June 21, 2011, where he will face very powerful and influential Kathleen Wynne, Liberal MPP and Transportation Minister. 

             The other contestant for nomination was Dr Abu Alam, a very experienced, successful, powerful, influential and distinguished personality of the South Asian community. Dr Abu Alam was literally shocked by the decision but assured Khalid Ahmed of his full support. He was happy that a youth of the community got the chance to show his potential and needs to be encouraged and supported.

             Riaz Ahmed, Publisher of English Weekly `Pakistan Abroad’, who is of Pakistan origin, too was in the line for nomination but withdrew his name to give Khalid Ahmed, of Indian origin, a chance.

             Riaz said: “We must all encourage and support youth to come forward and take leadership charge. We must set an example by unanimously promoting and supporting only one member of the community. We must forget all differences including religion and origin, show understanding as one community and demonstrate unity as Canadians.”

             Khalid Ahmed is a Canadian citizen of South Asian origin (Hyderabad Deccan, India). He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 19, 1991. His siblings comprise five brothers and one sister. He is the youngest member of the family.

             His father Mohammad Hameeduddin Ahmed is a journalist and was Editor/Publisher of South Asian community’s leading Urdu newspaper `AWAZ’. 

             Khalid Ahmed lived in Thorncliffe Park Drive area of Don Valley West for about thirteen years.  He has studied here as well from primary till high school (Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute). He completed Grade-12 from Dunbarton High School, Pickering, Ontario. Along with studies, he worked for two years in Food Basic and eight months in Dollarama at East York Town Centre.

            Khalid Ahmed did a lot of volunteer work for the community and various leaders.  

 While doing volunteer work and serving the community, he badly felt the need to do something better and bring real practical changes for the people and the locality.

             He was inspired and motivated by tremendous efforts and hard struggle of many including his father, siblings, friends and leaders.

             Khalid has strong roots in the Don Valley West community and enjoys great respect and support of people of all ages, particularly youth.

             Despite aware of the fact that candidates of other parties including Liberal and Conservative are very powerful and can give him very tough time, he is determined to face them and all the tough challenges and hope to emerge successful and victorious.

             Khalid is very much confident because he knows well the community and has been serving the people and would continue to do so. People know him, his attitude, approach and character.

             Despite being very young, he is very responsible and has the vision to think, plan and act for the people. He thanks Canada and the people for giving him the best opportunities and facilities and the power, strength and courage to understand the matters and issues and stand up for the people in a democratic society. 

             Khalid Ahmed feels and considers the Ontario’s New Democrats (NDP) platform and team led by Andrea Horwarth as best for serving the people and the community.

             He is not afraid of losing but is very spirited and is determined to fight hard till the end for success. Already people are highly impressed by his ambition and confidence to fearlessly move ahead and serve the people, community and country. He aims to join the rank of True Leaders. Encouragement and support from the people could help him achieve this aim and goal.

             Khalid Ahmed is highly impressed by the NDP leadership. He is confident that under the Ontario’s New Democrats leadership of Andrea Horwarth, the province would witness great practical changes. This is because Andrea Horwarth believes and states:

             “As a community organizer, a city councillor and an MPP over the last 20 years, I’ve come to see the need for change that will make a difference in your life and in the life of your family. As Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats, I’ve been committed to bringing a voice to what matters to you.

             “Growing up near Hamilton, in a family of auto workers, I learned how hard it is to make ends meet with the rising cost of living in an economy where it is hard to find full time, stable, employment. 

            “As a community organizer at a local legal clinic, I’ve learned the importance of public services that we can count on, like education, pensions and health care. And as a mother to my son Julian, I’ve always recognized the importance of leaving our children a better future than we inherited from our parents.

             “As leader of Ontario’s New Democrats, I am committed to working day in and day out to bring change that works for you and your family.

             “Change that says no to unfair taxes like the HST and yes to measures that make life more affordable for you and your family.

             “Change that makes sure our children have the education they need and our parents have the dignity in retirement that they deserve.

             “Change that provides you and your family quality health care when you need it.

             “Change that means more jobs in a strong and sustainable Ontario economy.

             “Wherever I go in this wonderful province of ours, I hear you telling me that we need to change the ways that thing are done at Queen’s Park. That we need to do better and that we can do better. On October 6th I need your support to make sure that we do things better and bring change that works for you and your family.”

             Very young, energetic, dynamic, dashing and ambitious Khalid Ahmed is contesting as NDP candidate for MPP from Don Valley West because he wants to be a real voice for the people at Queen’s Park. He wants to bring new, positive and practical changes in Ontario and this could only happen with support of the people. He is confident that people will support him in all possible ways and make his struggle a real success.

             He is happy that already hundreds have assured him support for MPP and others who want to help and support can reach Khalid Ahmed at Tel: (647)835-2267. Email: khalid.ahmed@hotmail.ca.


  Khalid Ahmed’s Aim, Goal and Slogan is: Putting People First.


              ---Javed Zaheer (JAZA/JAYZEE/JZEE), Free Expression Award Winner, Desi Idol Recognition Award Winner, Member/Honorary Director of NEPMCC, Veteran Active Member (VAM) of Toronto Press Club, Ex-Member of The National Club and The Ontario Club, Honorary Editor of English Weekly `Pakistan Abroad’, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `The Ambassador’, ex-Senior Sub-Editor of English Daily DAWN, Pakistan, Chairman, CANOPI, and Director, Canpak Camber of Commerce, is contributing purely on Voluntary and Honorary Basis in order to serve all people and communities. Contact: (416)696-0981/ javedz@hotmail.com.


            To read more JZ’s exclusive articles, please visit the following websites: www.letstree.com (Pressing needs of the world section), nepmcc.ca  and nationalethnicpress.com (Home Pages & Editorial Sections. Scan years from 2004 to 2010), pakistanabroad.ca (Issues) and caribbeanbusinessmagazine.ca.