My name is Igor Dzaic, 28, a local, and a University of Windsor alum who has earned a B.A. Political Science w/ Border Management and International Trade (FITT/CITP). I decided to pause completion of another undergrad at the U of W, a Bachelor of Economics, while I am securing my full nomination for the 2019 federal election. I will be running in Windsor-Tecumseh with the Conservative Party of Canada as the MP candidate. That's right, I went into the field I graduated from, and it was not easy to break through. There was much to learn after finishing school, and there still is a lot more to learn.
Without realizing it at first it was two professors who taught me a lot more about how things really work. I give much credit to Dr. Stephen Brooks and Dr. Emmanuelle Richez. In 2014 I started my program. I was paying more and more attention to politics on all levels in Canada, and it was such a rush to be able to analyze what goes on in my country. I truly loved it.I had my opinions and viewpoints strongly challenged while in the program, and I am glad they were challenged. It forced me to learn, to broaden my thinking, to change for the better. I got along quite well with my professors, my peers, and generally anyone I met while in my studies. I enjoyed conversation about important issues. I studied Canada's political, economic, and social realities after class was done on my own time. There was nothing I wanted to do more than to one day get into the field. Criticizing things was easy, but offering something of substance in return was the difficult part. I kept working at it, and I still do. I finished my combined degree and certificate program in two and a half years. I took no pauses during intersession or Summer. I kept reading and paying attention after I was done.
In early 2017 I joined the Conservative Party of Canada. In the Fall of 2017 I received an e-mail invitation to attend a Windsor West CPC EDA meeting. I was quickly voted in to be a Board Member, and an Executive with the title of Secretary. I wasn't paid, but some travel costs were taken care of. I flew to Ottawa for a federal convention, worked on a provincial campaign, met and spoke to the now Premier Doug Ford on several occasions, and just kept working at it. I then decided to run in Windsor-Tecumseh as the CPC nominee in July of this year. I had the honor to be a delegate for the August federal convention in Halifax. My goal was to network with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, and with the CPC Cabinet. I did just that. Last Tuesday I was awarded Board Member of the Year for Windsor West before resigning from my position. Two days later while in Toronto I received an invitation to attend Question Period in The Legislative Assembly of Ontario. MPP Stephen Lecce was kind enough to invite me, and to introduce me to several Cabinet Members of our provincial government. It was a learning experience that I am thankful for. Now I am fully focusing on the 2019 election. In 2019 I will make sure that Windsor-Tecumseh will have a Conservative MP sitting in The House of Commons! I will represent Windsor-Tecumseh the way a Member of Parliament should.