Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park (Ontario) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Arif Virani is the Member of Parliament for Parkdale–High Park (Ontario) and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
As a former Ugandan Asian refugee, Arif has had a rewarding fourteen-year legal career advocating for human rights and access to justice as a constitutional litigator. He has an Honours B.A. in History and Political Science from McGill University and completed his LL.B at the University of Toronto.
He has worked as an analyst with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa; an investigator at la commission des droits de la personne et droits de la jeunesse in Montreal; and as an Assistant Trial Attorney prosecuting genocide at the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Arif is also a founder of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario and was a recipient of the prestigious 2001 Harold G. Fox Scholarship and the 2008 Wilson-Prichard Award in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession and his community.
Arif lives and volunteers in Parkdale–High Park. He is a member of the Redwood Shelter for abused women, regularly helps at the Parkdale Food Bank, is an active volunteer with RoncyWorks and has led community efforts to address the stigma around mental health.
The recent revelations that Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been consulting conservatives around the country about whether we need to screen newcomers to our country for "anti-Canadian values" prior to permitting them entry is both disappointing and, unfortunately, not surprising.