Mon­sef to marry for­mer Lib­eral MP

‘We are feel­ing mighty blessed,’ she says of en­gage­ment

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER

Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha MP Maryam Mon­sef has an­nounced her en­gage­ment to a de­feated Lib­eral MP from Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B.

“I am happy to share that I am en­gaged to marry my love, Matt DeCourcey,” Mon­sef wrote on her Face­book page on Thurs­day night.

“His fam­ily and friends in Fred­er­ic­ton came to Peter­bor­oughKawart­ha and asked me and my fam­ily for my hand. My fam­ily and our el­ders loved him and his. They have blessed the union and we are feel­ing mighty blessed. Ex­hausted, but blessed,” she wrote.

Mon­sef made the an­nounce­ment on Thurs­day, her 35th birth­day. DeCourcey is 36.

He was the Lib­eral MP for Fred­er­ic­ton and was elected at the same time as Mon­sef, in 2015.

Al­though he ran for re-elec­tion Oct. 21, he lost his seat to the Green party’s Jenica Atwin. DeCourcey was a mem­ber of the House of Com­mons Spe­cial

Com­mit­tee on Elec­toral Re­form, a se­lect group of MPs who stud­ied op­tions for elec­toral re­form af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau promised the 2015 elec­tion would be the last us­ing the first-past-the­p­ost sys­tem.

Mon­sef was demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions min­is­ter at the time and she also criss-crossed the coun­try in 2016 con­sult­ing Cana­di­ans about elec­toral re­form.

Mon­sef couldn’t be reached for com­ment im­me­di­ately Thurs­day night. She didn’t write on Face­book when she would be mar­ried, or whether DeCourcey will move to Peter­bor­ough.

But the two were at a Lib­eral cau­cus meet­ing on Par­lia­ment Hill on Thurs­day, and al­though they men­tioned their en­gage­ment to Ot­tawa re­porters, CTV re­ported the cou­ple said there’s no wed­ding date yet.

“We’re very happy,” Mon­sef said on her way out, CTV re­ported.

In photos on her Face­book page, Mon­sef wore an Afghan dress for her en­gage­ment party; she thanks Fardin Fash­ion Inc. of Toronto for de­liv­er­ing the dress “just in the nick of time.”

As a child, Mon­sef fled Tal­iban-ruled Afghanista­n with her mother and two sis­ters and came to live in Peter­bor­ough. She is the first per­son born in Afghanista­n to be­come an MP in Canada and the first Mus­lim to serve in the fed­eral cab­i­net. She is also the first woman elected as MP in Peter­bor­ough.

Prior to the elec­tion she was both the women and gen­der equal­ity min­is­ter and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

MP Maryam Mon­sef cel­e­brated her birth­day and her en­gage­ment Thurs­day.

Matt DeCourcey

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