Yasir Naqvi

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The Hon. Yasir Naqvi
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Ontario MPP
Assumed office
Preceded by Richard Patten
Constituency Ottawa Centre
President of the Ontario Liberal Party
Succeeded by Derek Teevan
Personal details
Born 1973 (age 40–41)
Karachi, Pakistan
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Christine McMillan (m. 2012)
Children 1
Residence Ottawa, Ontario
Occupation Lawyer

Yasir Abbas Naqvi (born 1973) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2007. He represents the riding of Ottawa Centre. He was also the President of the Ontario Liberal Party. He is a member of the Ontario cabinet in the government of Kathleen Wynne.


Naqvi was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1988 at the age of 15.[1] Naqvi attended McMaster University and the University of Ottawa Law School. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2001 and began practising in international trade law at Lang Michener LLP and eventually became a partner.[1] He left Lang Michener in 2007 to join the Centre for Trade Policy and Law at Carleton University. He was President of the Liberal Party of Ontario.[2]

The Ottawa Citizen named Naqvi as one of its "People to Watch in 2010", with a profile in the 9 January 2010 Saturday Observer headlined "Yasir Naqvi, he's a firecracker.[3] Ottawa Life magazine also included him in its Tenth Annual "Top 50 People in the Capital" list for 2010.[4] In a September 2011 column, Adam Radwanski of The Globe and Mail called Naqvi " possibly the hardest-working constituency MPP in the province."[5]

Prior to entering politics he volunteered with a number of community associations including the Centretown Community Health Centre and the Ottawa Food Bank.[citation needed] He has continued to organize the Capital Food Blitz after his election.[6]


He was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to Rick Bartolucci, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, in the cabinet announcement of 30 October 2007. On 3 October 2008, he was named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Revenue Dwight Duncan. On 24 June 2009 a cabinet shuffle moved John Wilkinson into the role of Minister of Revenue and Naqvi was kept on as his Parliamentary Assistant. On 2 September 2010 Naqvi was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky.[7]

As an MPP, Naqvi has introduced one motion and three Private Members' Bills to the Ontario Legislature since his election in 2007:

  • Bill 106, the "Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act", was introduced on 2 October 2008.[8] Bill 106 is awaiting third reading in the Legislature after passing committee review in February 2010, and carried over[9] to the second legislative session following prorogation of the Ontario Legislature in March 2010. The bill enables municipalities to shutter residences or properties with chronic and disruptive criminal activity for 90 days.[10]
  • On 17 September 2009, Naqvi introduced a co-sponsored notion with New Democratic Party (NDP) MPP France Gélinas declaring the third week of February "Kindness Week", inspired by a successful Kindness Week initiative underway in Ottawa;[11] the motion was passed with a unanimous vote.[12]
  • Bill 194, the City of Ottawa Amendment Act, was introduced on 3 June 2009.[13] The bill amends the City of Ottawa Act 1999 to establish an independent board of health for the City of Ottawa. Although Bill 194 was not carried over in the 2010 prorogation, it was embedded as Schedule 2 of the March 2010 Ontario Budget and enacted into law on 18 May 2010.[14]
  • Bill 53, the "Escaping Domestic Violence Act", was introduced on 5 May 2010, unanimously passed Second Reading on 13 May 2010, and is awaiting review by the Standing Committee on Social Policy.[15] The bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act 2006 to shorten the period of notice required to terminate a tenancy for victims of domestic violence.

In March 2010, an email was sent out by a party masquerading as Yasir Naqvi, attributing statements regarding Israeli Apartheid Week to him. Within hours of the email message being sent out, a news release was issued repudiating the email.[16]

In March 2013, an article appeared in the Toronto Sun which claimed that Naqvi had endorsed an Islamist book on men physically punishing their wives.[17] The following day in the National Post, Naqvi denied having endorsed the book.[18]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Madeleine Meilleur Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Linda Jeffrey Minister of Labour
Kevin Flynn

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014: Ottawa Centre
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Yasir Naqvi 27,600 51.67 +4.86
New Democratic Jennifer McKenzie 10,891 20.39 -8.74
Progressive Conservative Rob Dekker 9,675 18.11 -0.21
Green Kevin O'Donnell 4,135 7.74 +3.42
Libertarian Bruce A. Faulkner 832 1.56 +1.08
Communist Larry L. Wasslen 279 0.52 +0.21
Total valid votes 53,412 100.0   +5.74
Liberal hold Swing +6.80
Ontario general election, 2011: Ottawa Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Yasir Naqvi 23,646 46.81 +11.90 $ 102,168.00
New Democratic Anil Naidoo 14,715 29.13 -1.77 83,779.02
Progressive Conservative Rob Dekker 9,257 18.33 -1.59 27,933.58
Green Kevin O'Donnell 2,184 4.32 -8.03 5,902.64
Independent Kristina Chapman 309 0.61   3,418.00
Libertarian Michal Zeithammel 240 0.48   0.00
Communist Stuart Ryan 160 0.32 -0.07 394.11
Total valid votes / Expense Limit 50,511 100.00 -3.41 $ 112,575.19
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 290 0.57 -0.13
Turnout 50,801 53.74 -4.51
Eligible voters 94,533   +4.57
Liberal hold Swing +6.34
Election signs for the major party Ottawa Centre candidates during the 2007 election.
Ontario general election, 2007: Ottawa Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Yasir Naqvi 18,255 34.91 -10.19 $ 74,103.43
New Democratic Will Murray 16,161 30.90 +7.92 76,746.81
Progressive Conservative Trina Morissette 10,416 19.92 -2.77 41,039.06
Green Greg Laxton 6,458 12.35 +4.62 9,967.33
Family Coalition Danny Moran 516 0.99   627.00
Independent Richard Eveleigh 283 0.54   70.00
Communist Stuart Ryan 204 0.39 -0.23 928.61
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 52,293 100.0   +5.79 $ 97,635.24
Total rejected ballots 366 0.70 -0.02
Turnout 52,659 58.25 +2.62
Eligible voters 90,403   +1.00


  1. ^ a b Coyle, Jim (30 October 2009). "Life in politics a 'badge of honour'". Toronto Star. 
  2. ^ "Executive Council". Ontario Liberal Party. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  3. ^ ""Yasir Naqvi — ‘He’s a firecracker’". Ottawa Citizen, 9 January 2010.
  4. ^ Ottawa Life
  5. ^ "The race that could make Ottawans forget federal politics for a while". The Globe and Mail, 8 September 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.yasirnaqvimpp.ca/pressreleases.aspx?id=75
  7. ^ http://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2010/09/parliamentary-assistants-ready-for-new-portfolios.html
  8. ^ http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2064&isCurrent=false&ParlSessionID=39%3A1
  9. ^ http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2009-06-03&Parl=39&Sess=1&locale=en#P554_147173
  10. ^ "Ottawa MPP to introduce own SCAN legislation". Ottawa Citizen, 2 June 2008.
  11. ^ http://www.kindottawa.ca/
  12. ^ http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2009-09-17&Parl=39&Sess=1&locale=en#P772_220234
  13. ^ http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2209&isCurrent=false&ParlSessionID=39%3A1
  14. ^ http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2292&isCurrent=false&ParlSessionID=39%3A2
  15. ^ http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2334&isCurrent=false&ParlSessionID=39%3A2
  16. ^ "Identity Stolen!"
  17. ^ "Book on Islam condoning hitting wives features letter from Ontario labour minister". Toronto Sun, 11 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Ontario labour minister says he didn’t read book on Islam condoning spousal abuse before writing letter of support". National Post, 12 March 2013.

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