‘It has been an honour and a privilege’

by Yasir Naqvi

It has been an honour to serve our community. There has never been a higher calling to me than public service and no greater privilege than being able to take part in our thriving democracy. For almost 11 years, I have had the privilege of waking up each day and being able to serve our community and Ontarians from all walks of life. It has been the most fulfilling and meaningful chapter of my life, and I would like to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for giving me the opportunity to serve you as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre.

Yasir Naqvi

As a community, we have shared many successes and overcome even more obstacles by working together. Each time I look at the news, it seems politics has become increasingly divisive, with leaders building barriers instead of bridges. That’s why I am so proud to call Ottawa Centre home, where we embrace our diversity and find strength in our differences to create opportunity and caring for even the most vulnerable members of our community.

Old Ottawa East is experiencing unprecedented growth and change, but thanks to the stewardship of dedicated community members it is an example across the province of what collaboration and consultation can look like. Whether the development of the Oblates property, the complete street rejuvenation of Main Street or the newly-named Flora Footbridge, our community has risen to meet the challenges that each of these transformational projects has brought. I learned a lot as we built consensus to get these projects done, including abolishing the Ontario Municipal Board and ushering in legislative changes to make our streets safe for everyone.

I’d like to recognize and thank all engaged members of the community, along with the Old Ottawa East Community Association and the Communities Activities Group, as well as the whole team at the Mainstreeter, for their passionate commitment to the community and to each of its residents. Old Ottawa East would truly not be what it is today without their tireless effort to improve our community.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate our new MPP, Joel Harden and wish him continued success at the Legislature. There is nothing more exciting and meaningful than being able to serve your community! Thank you again for helping make my dream come true, being able to serve you. It has been a privilege.

I look forward to seeing you in the community!

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