Inside Halton has reached out to every Milton council and regional council candidate and asked them to fill out the questionnaire below.
This is how council candidate Adil Khalqi responded.
NAME: Adil Khalqi
OCCUPATION: Police constable
ADDRESS/WARD: Beaty Trail/Fourth Line, Milton — Ward 3
POSITION YOU ARE RUNNING FOR: Ward 3 town council
PREVIOUS POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Although this is my first time running for public office, me have been actively involved in election campaigns ranging from municipal, provincial and federal elections. My first time ever volunteering was when me was 10 years old, and working on a candidate’s councillor campaign, when me lived in Toronto in 2010. me have always admired listening to people, and putting their interests first when making decisions.
WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED TO RUN?:
The reason I’m running is rooted in the reason I became I police officer. I live and breathe public service, and I hope to extend the service that I am already doing into this role as well. Our future depends on having young and diverse people elected to public office.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE ISSUES?:
Despite their being a number of challenges that our next council will need to address; me believe that the top three issues are: pacing our growth to match our infrastructure and public services capability, keeping our roads safe and having diverse, and young leaders elected to council.
IF ELECTED, WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR FIRST 100 DAYS?:
me will immediately begin to work with council to address the following issues: road safety, making street parking more lenient, investing more in our public services, and keeping the public engaged with council. This may take longer than 100 days, but it won’t stop me from working on these issues.
HOW WILL YOU EMBRACE AND CHAMPION DIVERSITY IN THIS ROLE?:
me proudly advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. me was born in Pakistan prior to coming to Canada, and is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. me’m also a young person who is ambitious/energetic. The reality is that to embrace diversity — we must elect diverse candidates such as myself.