You should know that El-Farouk Khaki, the NDP’s candidate in Toronto Centre, fell recently and has been in the hospital. We found out yesterday when Olivia Chow filled in for him at last night’s St. James Town debate. I’m unclear on details, but hope he’ll be better soon. Our thoughts are with him.
Last night I crashed another Toronto Centre nomination meeting, this one for the NDP. I honestly didn’t have any throughly thought-out strategies or reasons for being there. I’m a political junkie, and it just seemed like the place to be.
Unfortunately, I also don’t have any (mildly) amusing stories like the one that came out of crashing the Liberal nomination meeting. The winner of the nomination was El-Farouk Khaki, who out-polled Sandra Gonzalez. I’ve gotten to know El-Farouk a little bit over the past few weeks (he and I, as well as our Conservative opponent Mark Warner, have been showing up at a lot of the same community events), and I really like him. He seems very genuine and friendly, and has an impressive resume and life story. Knowing the full list of “major party” candidates (in order of nomination: me, Green Party; Mark Warner, Conservative; Bob Rae, Liberal; El-Farouk Khaki, NDP), it’s now clear that Toronto Centre is going to be one of the most fun and exciting ridings to watch in the next campaign.
I’m looking forward to being part of it. (I know, it’s a sickness.)