Wajid Khan

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Wajid Ali Khan (born April 24, 1946 in Lahore, British India (now Pakistan)) is a Canadian businessman and politician. Until 2008, he was a member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Mississauga—Streetsville as a Conservative Member of Parliament.

Early life

Khan served as an officer and a pilot in the Pakistan Air Force from 1966 to 1973.Turley-ewart, John. National Post,For Liberals, the wrong kind of Muslim, January 10, 2007 He took part in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 as a Shenyang J-6 fighter pilot. He was shot down during one of his missions and spent some time as a Prisoner of War.

He moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1974.

Political career

Khan entered politics as a member of the Liberal Party, and supported Paul Martin for the party leadership in 2003. He was elected with over 50% support in Mississauga—Streetsville in the 2004 federal election, defeating Conservative Nina Tangri by nearly a 20 percentage point margin. Along with Yasmin Ratansi, Khan was the first Muslim Member of Parliament (MP) to be elected for the Liberal Party.

Khan voted against his government's same-sex marriage bill on June 28, 2005.

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