Aris Babikian poses with young volunteers at his victory party at the Armenian Community Center of Toronto (Photo – Khoren Mardoyan)
(TorontoHye)- Canadian-Armenian Member of Provincial Parliament, Aris Babikian (PC), bested former Liberal incumbent Soo Wong on Thursday, and was re-elected in his home riding of Scarborough-Agincourt.
Babikian, 68, said that he is committed to his party’s promises to rebuild Scarborough Health Network’s Birchmount hospital campus and to build a Sheppard Subway extension during a victory party at the Armenian Community Centre of Toronto. He was declared the winner with 48.52 per cent of 13,417 ballots counted as of 9:34 p.m. on June 2. Babikian won 49.1 of the votes once all polls reported their results (full results below).
Following his victory, Babkian was officially congratulated by the Armenian National Committees of Canada and Toronto, the Armenian Community Center of Toronto, the St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church of Toronto, the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church of Toronto, as well as several members of the Toronto-Armenian community.
A retired Citizenship Judge, World Vision Canada Multicultural Council Ambassador, Chair of Levant Settlement Centre, and board member of the National Ethnic Press, and Media Council of Canada, Babikian has been actively involved in the Canadian civil society and the multicultural communities since 1987. His contribution included political, social, neighborhood, multi-faith, human rights, social services, educational, immigration, cultural, and other spheres.
As president of the Armenian National Federation of Canada and the first executive director of the government relations office (Ottawa) of the Armenian National Committee of Canada, he contributed significantly to the Canadian-Armenian community’s political, educational, cultural, youth, and sports domains.
Scarborough-Agincourt has been his home since 1991. He is founding and board member of Wishing Well Community Association and Founding member and board member of Willowdale Legal Aid Service.
The provincial electoral district of Scarborough-Agincourt has been represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1987. The riding covers the northwest of the Scarborough part of Toronto.
Ontario election 2022 results: Scarborough-Agincourt
28,606 total votes
Aris Babikian – PC (Incumbent)
14,040 total votes
Soo Wong – LIB
10,672 total votes
Benjamin Truong – NDP
2,482 total votes
Jacqueline Scott – GRN
628 total votes
Donny Morgan – ONP
492 total votes
Rane Vega – NBP
292 total votes