As first ever Government Liaison to the Canadian-Iranian Community, and former Member of Parliament for West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country, John Weston attended Nowrouz and other cultural events, and even composed his own poems, recited at Nowrouz celebrations, always with a Persian theme. John worked hard to learn about issues of distinct relevance to the Candian-Iranian Community; took relevant concerns to the Government of Canada; and in 2014 was directly responsible for bringing a Canadian Prime Minister to a formal Nowrouz celebration, for the first time ever.
With Nowrouz just over the horizon, several members of the community, including Canadians of Iranian Background, have the following to say about John, provided here in English and Farsi.
We write to announce the good news that John Weston has committed once again to represent us in Parliament. He needs our help to get him there as he seeks the nomination of the Conservative Party to run in the next General Election, for West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country.
John Weston loves many things about Persian culture and cuisine, especially our poetry. As first ever Government Liaison to the Canadian-Iranian Community, he attended Nowrouz and other cultural events, and even composed his own poems at our Nowrouz celebrations, always with a Persian theme. John worked hard to learn about our distinct issues; took our concerns to the Government of Canada; and in 2014 was directly responsible for bringing a Canadian Prime Minister to a formal Nowrouz celebration, for the first time ever. John’s favourite Persian poetry is the one we all know so well: Saadi’s “Bani Adam”:
"Adam's children are limbs of one body
That in creation are made of one gem.
When life and time hurt a limb,
Other limbs will not be at ease.
You who are not sad for the suffering of others,
Do not deserve to be called human.”
John’s engagement with all aspects of our community are a great reflection of Saadi’s poem. As an M.P. between 2008 and 2015, he worked hard, brought investment to our riding, promoted issues of fisheries and the environment, and was a leading human rights advocate, for Canadian-Iranians and others. His continued human rights as a lawyer and his political interests are evident in the 6-part Webinar Series he’s introduced, “Things That Matter”.
To vote for John in the nomination contest, you have to live in his riding and be a member of the Conservative Party. You can check the riding boundaries here; check your Party membership here; register as a Party Member for $15 here; and contribute to his nomination budget here.
In good Persian tradition, John loves poetry. His latest poem, “Notre Pays”, is here.
Davood Ghavami, President, Iranian Canadian Congress of Canada
Mehrdad Rahbar, Architect
Karim Virani, Businessman and Realtor
Haneef Virani, Businessman and Realtor
Thai Tran, Businessman
Shahram Madani, Businessman
Neda Madani, Senior Computer Analyst
Hamid Najian, Vice President Iranian Canadian Congress of Canada, Architect
Paul Meyers, Businessman
Dr. Armin Aminbakhsh, Cardiologist
Nancy Tran, Businesswoman
Clara Agopian, Businesswoman
Sepehr Akhavan, Businesswoman
The following original poem by John, "Seven Blessings of Nowrouz", is in a video which is part of this year's Nowrouz Celebrations organized as always by the Canadian Iranian Congress.
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