Tassidq Syed, owner of AA One Taxi and Limousine Service in Okotoks, is excited to be running for Town Councillor. Syed has lived in Alberta for 20 years, after spending some time living in Montreal.
While it’s Syed’s first time running for office in Okotoks, he has a history in politics. “I was working with one of the political parties called Peoples National Party in my home country and I have been very active to become a bridge between India and Pakistan to solve the Kashmir issue. I was working for humanity, for common people and their lives. Unfortunately, the Taliban and those kinds of groups don’t like us. I had no choice but to escape. I have always been passionate about the common people’s rights and freedoms. This is the beauty of Canada. The majority of people here believe in equality and freedom of speech.”
As the voice of the people is a priority for Syed, he was disappointed in his interactions with the current and past council.
“Honestly, I have never met the mayor or a single councillor,” he shares. “Since they are supposed to be listening to the voices of the town, I was surprised by this. Why is this? Is this public service? So, I reached out and contacted one of the councillors – but he was so rude! I was shocked. Accessibility to council members is one of the things that are important on my platform.”
“I decided to participate in elections because I wanted to become a voice for the common people,” continues Syed. “I am very passionate about Okotoks, and I really want to help the Town take some new steps. My feeling is that everyone here in Okotoks is one big family. I am proud to be Okotokian. The people are wonderful and friendly.”
The other points on his platform are to expedite business recovery strategies for the businesses affected by COVID, address the ongoing water issue, help bring in affordable housing, and address the needs of the senior population. If elected, Syed plans to be accessible and work hard to ensure the needs of the townspeople are not only heard, but also met.
“I want to tell everyone in Okotoks that I'm not going to just make promises of what I will do; I will follow through to complete the tasks. Please vote for change and for a better future for the town. Support a person who will support your ideas.”
There is no doubt that dedicated family man Syed is a hard worker that understands the challenges currently facing the town. His wife is in education, the family, which includes children, are active in the community, and he’s a local business owner. He already spoke five languages before learning English and was a journalist for many years.
“The most important thing is, as a councillor I want to make it easy for everyone to come and see me. I want everyone to participate in Town matters and give their opinion; I want to become their voice, whether it's about business recovery, housing, high taxes or water issues. I will be here for everyone. I want people talking to me as though I am their I'm their family member.”
He concludes, “Life is short. Spread humanity. Spread love.”