Nanshi, Naheed


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Naheed Nanshi
Source of Influence: Political
Status: Featured in current year

He is the mayor of Calgary, the most popular politician in Canada (until the election of Justin Trudeau), and was elected “World Mayor of the Year” in 2014. He is the first visible minority mayor and first Muslim mayor in Canada. He has publicly defended Muslims, including the right of an immigrant woman to wear niqab during her citizenship ceremony in 2015. He has been attacked by the political and religious right for being a Muslim and has been susceptible to the usual Islamophobic attacks. He has made a huge impact on creating a positive image for Muslims in Canada.