Her passion for justice was ignited, years later, after seeing the scars her father sustained at the hands of Iranian authorities. in political science from the University of British Columbia in 2000, Afshin-Jam began working as a Red Cross youth educator.Afshin-Jam, a Christian, like her mother, was a serious child: she excelled in school, started a global issues club, never partied, and achieved the highest rank in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, becoming a pilot. But talks on land mines and poverty were limited to schoolchildren. “At that stage I realized people were listening more to Angelina Jolie and Bono than their own politicians,” she told the in 2007.” For Mac Kay, who many have suspected holds prime ministerial aspirations, it’s no idle question: after nearly a decade of failed relationships, and years of searching for his equal in looks and ambition, he appears to have landed his ideal match. 6, 2003, Nazanin Afshin-Jam wore a pale, flowing dress not unlike her future wedding gown, both of which were designed by Canada’s Bobby Ackbarali.It was the night of the Miss World pageant in Sanya, China.His father Elmer served in the federal cabinets of Brian Mulroney, and Mac Kay arrived in Ottawa at the ripe age of 32.Within six years, he was leader of a Progressive Conservative Party that had fallen on hard times.His wife, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, is expecting the couple’s second child this fall. Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Peter Mac Kay ambled along white sand as waves crashed against dark rocks and pelicans dove around them.
But his personal life soon eclipsed his professional one.
Here now was Peter Mac Kay, long-hailed as Canada’s “sexiest male MP” who, by age 46, had been in two long-term relationships, had been engaged once, had suffered a humiliating breakup from then fellow MP Belinda Stronach, and had even been rumoured to have captured the affection of former U. And holding his hand, indeed wearing a wedding ring and taking his last name, was a woman with a story even more compelling.
With the glamour and musical bent of a Carla Bruni, and the global outlook and outspokenness of a Hillary Clinton, Afshin-Jam is a political spouse the likes of which Canada has never seen.
Afshin-Jam, an Iranian-Canadian human rights activist, model and singer, wrapped her arm around her father’s and they proceeded up the stone steps and down the aisle, where Mac Kay, Canada’s defence minister and, until that point, the country’s most eligible bachelor, awaited his bride.
“I’ll never forget that moment,” Afshin-Jam, 32, recalls. I saw a [glint] in his eyes.” There were plenty of sentimental touches: on the altar, amid candles, were photos of their grandparents, all of whom have died, including Afshin-Jam’s maternal grandmother, who passed away recently; shoes she’d bought to wear to the wedding were tucked inside a pew. Mac Kay’s long-time pastor Glen Matheson from Nova Scotia performed the ceremony. There’s no other way to describe it,” says Matheson.
The 24-year-old, who performed a Middle Eastern dance and won the fitness category, beat 101 contestants to reach the top five.