Yasmin Ratansi – is a Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Don Valley East in the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2011. She is a member of the Liberal Party. Yasmin Ratansi is an Ismaili Muslim, and was the first Muslim woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons.
“… through these interactions, through the various interactions I’ve had over a long period of time attending the Christmas dinners, I realized that the Hizmet Movement is a movement that is really engaged in a lot of outreach and building bridges and building capacity through a very interesting approach.
The approach is; getting to know you, accepting you for what you are.”
“… if you look at Islam, we keep on saying Islam is a religion of peace and submission to the will of God. And peace is something that the Hizmet Movement has been–and Fethullah Gulen has been–very very focused on. Peace through love, through harmony… “
“… I think, in terms of the Hizmet Movement, because of the leadership of Fethullah Gulen you have an anchor and, therefore, the thought processes that come through are focused, anchored in the real Islam, whereas the others are trying to look for it and trying to represent Islam in sometimes in a very negative way.”
” I’ve been to some of the Hizmet movement schools in Toronto, and I think they do a fabulous job in not only balancing the academic curriculum but balancing their ethical behavior as well. And I think that comprises or that creates a complete human being; by balancing your social and your intellectual capabilities together.”
Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, she emigrated to Canada in 1974. She worked as a management consultant. She is a Certified General Accountant (CGA), a member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario, and a fellow of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. In 2009, Yasmin Ratansi was bestowed with the John Leslie Award by CGA Canada, given in recognition of CGAs “who have achieved a high and favourable profile in the Canadian community.”
In 1979 Yasmin Ratansi joined the Liberal party and campaigned for David Collenette. Later she was the federal Liberal candidate for Don Valley East in the 1988 federal election. In the nomination for the Liberal candidacy leading up to the vote, rival Mel Catre complained that voting irregularities allowed Yasmin Ratansi supporters to vote freely while his supporters were barred from voting. A subsequent investigation failed to prove these allegations. Yasmin Ratansi finished in second place 2,838 votes behind the Conservative winner Alan Redway. She served on the party’s federal campaign committee in 1992 and was treasurer of the party’s Ontario wing from 1993 to 1997. In 1998 she served as one of three co-chairs on the campaign to elect Mel Lastman as mayor of the newly amalgamated city of Toronto.
In 2004 she ran again facing former MPP David Johnson. During her campaign she spoke about the issue of immigrant underemployment. She also supported a publicly run health system. She won the riding by more than 10,000 votes.
During her tenure in parliament, Yasmin Ratansi sat through three parliamentary sessions. During this time she acted as the Official Opposition’s Critic for National Revenue and as critic for the Canada Revenue Agency. She also chaired a number of committees including the Status of Women and the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. She also served as Liberal Caucus treasurer.
Intercultural Dialogue Institute
Intercultural Dialogue Institute is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance social cohesion via(through) personal interaction by promoting respect and mutual understanding among people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue and partnership. Intercultural Dialogue Institute aims to promote enduring interfaith and intercultural cooperation, tolerance and dialogue by sharing our differences and similarities in an effort to enhance civil society, to promote the development of human values, and to advance diversity and multiculturalism in the society. The Institute aims to eliminate or reduce false stereotypes, prejudices and unjustified fears through direct human communication. By this mission IDI aims to contribute to improvement of diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism throughout Canada. In this regard, IDI organizes social, educational and cultural activities such as lectures, seminars, conferences, discussion forums, luncheons, informative dinners, programs for students and youth, intercultural exchange trips, courses, outreach programs.