|Shafiq Qaadri MPP|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Etobicoke North
October 2, 2003
|Preceded by||John Hastings|
Qaadri graduated from Upper Canada College in 1983, and from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1988. During his academic career, he won several scholarships including an English-Speaking Union Essay Prize to Oxford University and a Medical Research Council Scholarship in Clinical Neurosurgery.
Before entering political life, Qaadri was commentator in the Canadian media for his discussions of medical issues (which he usually presented in a populist manner, intended for non-specialists). He has written numerous articles on medicine for journals such as the Globe and Mail and The Medical Post[verification needed], and has written more academic works intended for physicians. Qaadri has been granted the position of Designated Medical Practitioner by the Canadian government.
His book The Testosterone Factor: A Practical Guide to Improving Vitality and Virility, Naturally (ISBN 1569243786), on the subject of andropause (described as the male equivalent of menopause), was released in 2006.
He was the keynote speaker at the 40th annual convention of the Islamic Medical Association of North America in July 2007. He is also a speaker at numerous community groups in the Greater Toronto Area, teaching how about the prevention and heart disease to South Asian groups.
Qaadri first ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1999 provincial election, but lost to Progressive Conservative John Hastings by about 1500 votes in Etobicoke North. Hastings announced his retirement in 2003, and Qaadri was able to win the riding by nearly 10,000 votes in the election that followed. Qaadri is also the first person of Pakistani origin to become a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario.
On October 23, 2003, he was named parliamentary assistant to Marie Bountrogianni in her capacity as Minister of Children and Youth Services. In 2004, while working on recruiting new civil servants, he was quoted as saying "there's just too many white people" in Ontario's government agencies.
On October 10, 2007, Qaadri won his second term in the Ontario Provincial Parliament.
In May 2010 a rally against government cuts to pharmaceutical spending was held outside his governmental office. Protesters stated that "He is a doctor. We thought he should be saying something".
- Canadian Medical Practitioners. Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Accessed March 2, 2009.
- Ogilvie, Megan (March 15, 2008). "South Asians face higher heart risk, MD warns; South Asian people especially vulnerable to heart attack, stroke, physicians warn". The Toronto Star (in English). p. 4.
- Christina Blizzard. Qaadri is once again on hot seat. Northern News. June 2, 2004.
- Shephard, Tamara (May 28, 2010). "Pharmacists confront MPP over drug reforms". Etobicoke Guardian (in English). p. 1.