Naheed Nenshi is the mayor of Calgary, the most popular politician in Canada (prior to the election of Justin Trudeau), and was elected World Mayor of the Year in 2014. He is the first visible-minority and 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. In 2017, Nenshi was re-elected as Mayor and was awarded the Honorary Peace Patron by the Mosaic Institute for his contributions to strengthening the fabric of Canada.
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