The beauty queen activist dating Peter MacKay

Joanna Smith Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA—She has rubbed her gorgeous elbows with political prisoners, royalty, the prime minister, the Dalai Lama and even a billionaire online gambling tycoon who boasts of staying a step ahead of the law.Now Nazanin Afshin-Jam, 31, is the new girlfriend of one of the most highly recognizable serial monogamists in the country.That would be Defence Minister Peter MacKay, who she met six years ago when she came to Ottawa to speak about human rights abuses.“Mr. MacKay was very helpful and they became friends,” her spokeswoman Valentina Medici wrote in an email Thursday before declining to share any more details.Her curriculum vitae might just be more impressive than his.Afshin-Jam is a human-rights activist who devotes unpaid full-time hours to saving children in her native Iran from execution.She has a degree in international relations and political science from the University of British Columbia, studied at the prestigious Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and is working on a master’s degree in diplomacy with a concentration in international conflict management.She is fluent in English, French and Persi… >>>

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