For this fifth instalment of our Interview Series, we sat down with Member of Provincial Parliament, Sheref Sabawy of Mississauga-Erin Mills to discuss his life in Egypt and experiences as an immigrant in Canada. We explore the history of Egyptian institutions in Mississauga, Ontario and learn about the political engagements of Egyptian Canadians. MPP Sheref Sabawy confides his frustrations with the level of civic investment among Egyptians in Canada and suggests avenues to move forward in building stronger relations between Egypt’s migrants and Canadian society to secure visibility and access.

Sheref Sabawy is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election. He represents the riding of Mississauga—Erin Mills as a member of the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Ontario. Sabawy is a member of the Standing Committee on General Government and he serves as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries. Before running as a PC, Sabawy unsuccessfully ran for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination for the federal district of Mississauga—Erin Mills in the 2015 federal election.

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with artists, academics, activists, and other migrants of Egypt around the world. Check out previous conversations in the series and stay tuned for our future installments.


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