Interview by Andreea Boyer // Edited by Chris Charles of Idol Features
Dr. Raphael Louis is a Canadian prime ministerial candidate, which is a prestigious goal in his life and it is my honor to interview him.
Being a potential leader for an economically important and structured country like Canada, also would have a great influence globally and it is a enormous responsibility.
The world is constantly changing and so a very hard-working, highly skilled, and ambitious leader like Dr. Louis could be the right choice for Canada, which is a country rich in tradition, has very beautiful nature, and is one of the greatest countries in the world.
Andreea Boyer: Dr. Louis, can you please tell us about your motivation as to why you started working as a politician?
Dr. Raphael Louis: I started working as a politician when, throughout my humanitarian mission, I realized that politics and human rights work together hand-in-hand. Therefore, for real changes to happen, we need to have a new political platform that is not saturated with fanaticism, division, and corruption.
Andreea Boyer: When did you start working as a politician and how has your experience been during the beginning of your work as a politician?
Dr. Raphael Louis: I started working about eight years ago and last year I participated in the local elections and learned a lot. Although I did not win, it was a great learning experience.
Andreea Boyer: Which moments in your career have been the most influential ones for you and your work?
Dr. Raphael Louis: I can say that working in the field of human rights is the most transformative period in my life. It is a continuously growing experience, personally and professionally. That way, meeting other human rights activists worldwide make me realize that we face the same humanitarian issues in different parts of the world.
Andreea Boyer: You have established your organization “FAAVM” (the Federal Association for the Advancement of Visible Minorities) in Canada and it is successfully bringing together influential people from all countries. This aspect is significant, as you truly show your acceptance, kindness, and respect towards all cultures and religions, which makes you to a great candidate. Can you please tell us about FAAVM?
Dr. Raphael Louis: When I came across the minorities issues in Canada, I saw it as an opportunity, because the minority’s communities originate from all continents of the world, thus creating an organization that has the capacity to gather this entire ethnic group together, which would be a significantly important human rights platform to represent these underprivileged and in certain cases, marginalized groups, and gather them together under the FAAVM humanitarian platform.
Andreea Boyer: For which political party are you directing your political endeavors and what can you tell us about it?
Dr. Raphael Louis: The emergence of a Popular Nationalism Political Movement is taking place in Canada under my leadership, as founder of the National Coalition Party of Canada (NCPC). I believe that most Canadians who are in the slightest degree politically active are inclined to hold one of the two chief political positions common in this country, what we call conservatism or liberalism, thus politically, Canadians are highly divided. My political vision when it comes to issues of finance, immigration, national security, diplomacy, human rights, international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), and environmental protection, is that government must represent Canadian interests first.
Andreea Boyer: What is your vision for the near future with your organization FAAVM and which fields are you planning to incorporate in?
Dr. Raphael Louis: The FAAVM is already a very successfully established organization. We have done a lot of work and still have more work to do ahead of us. Our immediate objectives are to establish in all continents and carry out our mission through special humanitarian projects, forums, summits and other related activities.
Andreea Boyer: Mr. Louis, what can you tell us about yourself?
Dr. Raphael Louis: In brief, I can tell you that I am a lifetime humanitarian, a real one, because at a very young age, even as a child, seeing poor people affected me in a way that saddened my heart. Growing up, I would even compose songs advocating for environmental preservation, and through such, now advocating for a different cause, but this time with a global outlook.
Andreea Boyer: What plans would you consider as necessary to take into action if you become the next Prime Minister of Canada?
Dr. Raphael Louis: Our Canadian nation is greatly divided by political ideologies and fanaticism such as conservatism, liberalism, etc. However, the problems Canadian are experiencing do not have anything to do with these ideologies. I have the responsibility to first bring back real Canadian values and bring policies to put Canadians interests as top government priorities.
Andreea Boyer: The politics are different in every country and not equal in balance responding to the needs of the citizens and especially not regarding the important aspects like the climate change, which is unstoppable, unless all major companies and global leaders negotiate for collaborations, which are not focused on greed. What is your opinion about this aspect and how would you be able to make a great change?
Dr. Raphael Louis: Regarding climate change, we definitely need to take action to preserve our environment. Although politics is different in each part of the world, the environment is the same anywhere we go. We have other sources of energy we could exploit, so we need government to make conscious choices of what we consider the survival of the human species.
Andreea Boyer: Education shall never be a burden for a child, a teenager, or a student, because of financial reasons. How do you see the possibility to maintain a stable education for the Canadian citizens and to offer the less fortunate people the education they need?
Dr. Raphael Louis: Education is a human right. Our platform advocates free education for everyone. We want to see Canadians achieving their full life potentials. A government that invests in education is a smart government, because when citizens contribute to the economy, government and societies can prosper and children can have a secured future.
Andreea Boyer: Dr. Raphael Louis, what do you advise for all who are starting to work in politics and for your team?
Dr. Raphael Louis: Those who want to start in politics should put the interests of the people they want to represent as their top priorities. Politics is service to the people and if one is going into politics, it should only be to serve and to be at service.
Andreea Boyer: And mainly important; what advice can you give to your Canadian citizens and to all people worldwide? What is your message for everyone?
Dr. Raphael Louis: My main message is to live by the principles of the Golden Rule; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Golden Rule is found in numerous cultures, religions, ethical systems, secular philosophies, indigenous (native) traditions, and even in the mathematical sciences, e.g. the golden mean. And because it crosses so many traditions and philosophies, the Golden Rule possesses tremendous moral authority and reveals a profound unity underlying the diversity of human experience. The Golden Rule also emphasizes values of mutuality, interdependence, and reciprocity.
Thank you, Dr. Louis. We wish you continued success.