Armenian Candidate in Ontario Elections

Green Party Man

14 May 2014

Edward Yaghledjian’s appearance, education and business experience belie the “tree-hugger” image establishment parties like to tag in their depiction of environmentalists, Green Party members and their representatives.

Mr. Yaghledjian, who is Green Party of Ontario’s (GPO) candidate in the June 12 provincial elections, comes across businesslike. He also has a degree in Math and Finance from York University in Toronto and a certificate in Negotiations and Conflict management from Harvard University. He has spent many years as financial planner at a major insurance company.


Green Party Man

14 May 2014

Edward Yaghledjian’s appearance, education and business experience belie the “tree-hugger” image establishment parties like to tag in their depiction of environmentalists, Green Party members and their representatives.

Mr. Yaghledjian, who is Green Party of Ontario’s (GPO) candidate in the June 12 provincial elections, comes across businesslike. He also has a degree in Math and Finance from York University in Toronto and a certificate in Negotiations and Conflict management from Harvard University. He has spent many years as financial planner at a major insurance company.

Despite his busy schedule, he is very active in the Armenian Canadian community and has served two years as controller of the Canadian Armenian Business Council.

The Green Party of Ontario’s candidate says his concern for all peoples, societies, and his underlying moral characteristics and interests in the environment were instilled in him and nurtured from an early age. That ideology was the allure and the motive which made his parents settle in Canada in 1980, Mr. Yaghledjian said.

Keghart: What made you want to become a politician?

Edward Yaghledjian: We are all politicians. It’s the size of the arena you choose to engage in that is different.

Keghart: Do you have any experience in politics?

EY: I was a GPO candidate in the 2011 elections.

Keghart: Why did you pick the Green Party of Ontario as the party you wanted to represent?

EY: The GPO has a sound, logical platform with detailed analysis and mathematics to back up that logic. There is no special accounting here!

Keghart: How well do you think the GPO will do in this year’s elections compared to last?

EY: The GPO's plan is financially beneficial for each citizen. A plan that is environmentally sound and removes liability. It allows growth in the local economy and it is cheaper for the province. This is where the GPO stands. These are the steps that should be taken. It is as simple as that and applies to all areas…especially in the areas of energy, education, and job growth.

I believe the GPO has the capacity to attain a seat at the big table. However, the challenge continues in reversing the terrible taste that has been left behind by the big parties. As you know, each time fewer people vote which translates to fewer people being satisfied.

Keghart: Are there many Armenians in the Scarboro Centre riding where you’re running?

EY: I believe 2% of the population is Armenian

Keghart: Are you getting support from Scarboro Centre Armenians or Toronto Armenian organizations?

EY: I have the full support of any and all people, organizations who afford me the time.

Keghart: How would you improve the imprint of Canadian Armenians in Toronto, Ontario, and Canadian politics?

EY: Armenians in the government will allow the Armenian constituents to rally behind a single entity. We are far too fragmented. An elected Armenian—even in image—will provide the very foundation behind which all organizations will gravitate towards, thus establishing our footprint, our message, our wants and desires to the greater Canadian public.

NB Readers may get in touch with Mr. Edward Yaghledjian through Facebook, Twitter and the Green Party of Ontario.

May 22, 2014

2 comments
  1. A vote is not necessarily to attain power

    During the past thirty years I have voted for the New Democratic Party (NDP) on every single occasion. Not this time. It seems Andrea Horwath, the leader of the party is trying to outperform Tony Blair of UK.

    A vote is not necessarily to attain power and grab the levers of government, but to send a message, shape public opinion and over time gain traction.

    On June 12th Ontarians will send their verdict to Horwath.

  2. Edward Deserves to be Heard

    Ontario has already spoken. However, kudos to Edward for standing behind his ideas and consistently coming across in favor of them.

    Ideas are not worth much, unless you express them, rally people around them, and are willing to defend them in a democratic forum.

    I had the opportunity to meet Edward and speak on the same panel about Armenians in politics. He is a very impressive and authentic individual.

    I cannot agree with him more in terms of what it would mean to have an elected Armenian in office.  Harout Chitilian is playing that role in Montreal at the municipal level. Many others must follow.

    In spite of being one of the oldest immigrant communities in Canada, Armenians are arguably the least active in Canadian politics. The missed opportunities are obvious and  too many to enumerate.

    I wish Edward success in his political initiatives. I know that they will come. He is definitely a trailblazer and deserves everyone's support.

    Paregamoren,

    Viken L. Attarian
    President-Chair, Policy Commission
    Liberal Party of Canada – Quebec Branch
    Member of the National Policy and Electoral Platform Committee
     

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