Scarborough, Ontario — I saw my longtime friend, as I usually do, in church today, Michelle Serrano, and told me that she’s running for the Nomination as MP (Member of Parliament) in the Riding of Scarborough Southwest in next year’s Federal Election.
For Torontonians, Michelle Serrano is a former colleague in the broadcast media here, and daughter of “forever” Ontario Liberal Party and Liberal Party of Canada supporter and community leader Monina Serrano.
With this in mind, as well as the nomination race as MP for Scarborough Centre, where (should I say, a friend, or acquaintance) Rafael Fabregas, is running, let us all bear in mind our own Filipino-Canadian community. Should these Filipino Canadians succeed, I am certain that their activities at the House of Commons will contribute to the benefit of Filipino-Canadians, Filipinos and the Philippines at large. After all, at the stages that they started before embarking on a journey to the level that they are aiming for, they always have had in mind, the Filipino Canadian community.
The Filipino Canadian community is just like any other. Each of us has our political ideology, partisan inclination and beliefs and so on. On the other hand, during the many years passing, the leadership in the Filipino Canadian community continually was calling for members of the community to run for public office. We have heard of this adage many times: “In politics, there are no permanent friends, nor permanent enemies”; and yes, even in the legislative assemblies of each country, the legislators say “hello” to one another!
Now that several have come forward for the upcoming local, and next years federal elections, cut the irreverence, friends, and just think of what these Filipino Canadian brains could do for the Filipino Canadian community.
Good luck, Michelle. Good luck, Raffy!
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