Mohammad Latif, Ontario PC candidate for Windsor-Tecumseh in 2018. (Photo from Mohammad Latif/Twitter)

Latif Acclaimed as Windsor-Tecumseh PC Candidate

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives have their man in Windsor-Tecumseh.

The Windsor-Tecumseh Progressive Conservative Association nominated local businessman Mohammad Latif as the Windsor-Tecumseh candidate for the 2018 election. Latif was acclaimed during the association’s annual meeting Saturday afternoon at the WFCU Centre.

“Mohammad is an experienced entrepreneur with deep roots in the Windsor community,” says Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown in a written statement. “A father of two, Mohammad wants a better future for all Ontarians. I have no doubt he’ll be an excellent representative for the people of Windsor-Tecumseh.”

Latif is standing for the seat currently held by Percy Hatfield of the New Democratic Party. The former journalist and Windsor city councillor won the seat in a 2013 by-election. The ruling Ontario Liberals have yet to field a candidate in this riding for 2018.

The Pakistani-born Latif moved to the Windsor area in the 1990s and began a successful textile business, according to his official candidate webpage. He moved his business to the Toronto area in the early 2000s but maintains strong ties to Windsor-Essex. He and his wife, a doctor, have two sons in university, according to the webpage.

The Progressive Conservative party has not represented the region at Queen’s Park since M.C Davies stood up for the riding of Windsor-Walkerville between 1945 and 1959. Since then and through redistricting and name changes, the Liberals and NDP have provided representation.