A Tibetan Candidate for Canadian Elections
Dharamshala 19 May 2005: A Canadian Tibetan will stand in the Canadian elections. Stephen Harper, the leader of the Conservative party, announced Tenzin Dhargyal Khangsar’s candidacy on Monday.
Tenzin is the party’s candidate from the riding of Brossard — La Prairie. Born in St-Hyacinthe, he is currently the National Coordinator of the Canada Tibet Committee.
Harper said that he was very much impressed by Tenzin’s strength of religious beliefs and his commitment to human rights. “As a prominent member of the Asian Canadian Community, Tenzin represents the true diversity of Brossard-La Prairie and of MontrÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â©al.”
Tenzin is the first representative of the Tibetan community to run for an elected office anywhere in the world outside of the exile Tibetan community. Tenzin has been a forceful and principled voice for human rights both here and abroad. Tenzin has demonstrated his commitment to human dignity, peace, and freedom, said Harper.
Tenzin is also a skilled businessman with a background in television, telecommunications and software. He is a co-founder of a successful software technology firm.
He is part of the new generation of conservative candidates from Quebec.
Prior to his career in sales, he was a sports broadcaster and journalist for CBC-TV Montreal, and had produced two documentaries on Tibet.