Ali Ehsassi

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Ali Ehsassi

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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Willowdale
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byChungsen Leung
Personal details
Born (1970-04-24) April 24, 1970 (age 48)
Geneva, Switzerland
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceToronto, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Osgoode Hall Law School
Georgetown University
London School of Economics
ProfessionLawyer, International Law Executive of the Ontario Bar Association

Ali Ehsassi MP (Persian: علی احساسی‎‎; born April 24, 1970) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Willowdale in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1] He is one of the first two Canadians of Iranian descent to ever be elected to Canada's federal Parliament, with the other being Majid Jowhari.

Biography[edit]

Ali Ehsassi's maternal great-grandfather was Iranian statesman Abdolhossein Teymourtash, who was reportedly the first Minister of Court during the Pahlavi Dynasty and was overthrown from his position during the Iranian Revolution. Ehsassi's father was also reported to be an Iranian Diplomat and at the age of three his family relocated to New York City due to the revolution. At the age of 15 Ehsassi moved to Canada North York with his family who he described to have faced a lot of hardship after the revolution. [2][better source needed]

Education[edit]

Ali Ehsassi also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Master's of Science from the London School of Economics[citation needed]. He attended York University Osgoode Hall Law School having obtained his LL.B.[citation needed] as well as Georgetown University Law School to pursue a masters of international trade and arbitration law[3], which he attended concurrently as a global and WTO fellow[citation needed].[better source needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Ali Ehsassi is a member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Ehsassi published an official statement explaining why he proudly voted in favour of the motion to launch an investigation into the allegations made on February 7th by the "Globe and Mail" regarding the Jody Wilson-Raybould case, as he stated being confident in his government's commitment to transparency and rule of law.[4] Elhassi voted to prevent the former Attorney General from discussing matters related to SNC-Lavalin in the Justice committee after she was demoted by the Prime Minister.

Ehsassi is also a member of several Parliamentary Associations and Interparliamentary groups such as the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, Canada-China Legislative Association Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association and the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas. [5]

Advocacy for human rights[edit]

In 2015, Ehsassi supported Justin Trudeau's positive stance on the Iranian Nuclear Deal[6] and stated that Iran should be held to account for its abysmal human rights record and refrain from supporting international terrorism.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Ali Ehsassi 24,519 53.4 +13.5
Conservative Chungsen Leung 16,990 37.0 -4.7
New Democratic Pouyan Tabasinejad 3,203 7.0 -11.4
Green James Arruda 1,025 2.2 +1.81
Independent Birinder Singh Ahluwalia 216 0.5
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,953 100.0     $206,712.87
Total rejected ballots 251 0.5 -0.1
Turnout 46,204 61.46 +3.06
Eligible voters 75,172
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +9.1
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/5967747-willowdale-liberal-ali-ehsassi-unseats-conservative-chungsen-leung-in-willowdale/
  2. ^ Aug 27, Selina Chignall Published on; 2015 5:00am (2015-08-27). "Liberal candidate Ali Ehsassi: a life lived around the world". iPolitics. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  3. ^ Aug 27, Selina Chignall Published on; 2015 5:00am (2015-08-27). "Liberal candidate Ali Ehsassi: a life lived around the world". iPolitics. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  4. ^ "Ali Ehsassi - Work - House of Commons of Canada". www.ourcommons.ca. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  5. ^ "Ali Ehsassi - Work - House of Commons of Canada". www.ourcommons.ca. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  6. ^ July 15; 2015. "Liberal Party of Canada statement on the nuclear deal with Iran". www.liberal.ca. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  7. ^ Aug 27, Selina Chignall Published on; 2015 5:00am (2015-08-27). "Liberal candidate Ali Ehsassi: a life lived around the world". iPolitics. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Willowdale, 30 September 2015
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine

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