These new Canadians cast their first federal ballots. Here’s what they thought

Tareq Hadhad never had a chance to vote in a free and democratic election in his birth country of Syria.
That’s why the moment, earlier this week, when he cast a ballot in Canada will always be special to him.
I am so honoured, he said in a Twitter video on Monday. I will cherish this memory forever and I will tell my grandkids that the 2021 election mattered, and I am proud to know that my vote makes a difference.
Hadhad, who resides in Antoginish, N.S., came to Canada as a refugee in 2015, and is the founder of Peace by Chocolate, a local confectionery. He became a citizen in 2020 and is one of millions of Canadians who have cast an advance ballot (new window) in the federal election.
I don’t take anything for granted since I arrived in Canada, and that was one of the reasons why I celebrated voting for the first time, Hadhad said in an interview. I will never forget that feeling of being able to create change by casting your vote.