Arif Virani

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Arif Virani
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism)
Assumed office
January 28, 2017
Minister Mélanie Joly
Preceded by Vacant
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Parkdale—High Park
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Peggy Nash
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
In office
December 2, 2015 – January 27, 2017
Minister John McCallum
Preceded by Costas Menegakis
Succeeded by Serge Cormier
Personal details
Born (1971-11-23) November 23, 1971 (age 46)
Kampala, Uganda
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Suchita Jain
Children 2
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater University of Toronto (Law)
Profession Lawyer

Arif Virani MP (born November 23, 1971) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. He was elected in the 2015 federal election to represent the riding of Parkdale—High Park in the House of Commons of Canada, as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.[1]

On December 2, 2015, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship,[2] but was shuffled out of that post on January 28, 2017, when he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism).[3]


Virani is a multilingual Ismaili Muslim who came to Canada as a refugee from Uganda.[1] He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.[4] He is a human rights and constitutional lawyer who has worked for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Virani’s roots are in Ahmedabad, though he was born in Kampala.[6] Virani lives in Roncesvalles Village in Toronto with his wife Suchita Jain originally from London, Ontario and their two sons.[1][7]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Arif Virani 24,623 42.04% +9.15
New Democratic Peggy Nash 23,566 40.24% -6.96
Conservative Ian Allen 7,641 13.05% -2.5
Green Adam Phipps 1,743 2.98% -0.29
Libertarian Mark Jeftovic 610 1.04%
Marijuana Terry Parker 191 0.33% -0.09
Marxist–Leninist Lorne Gershuny 100 0.17% +/-0.00
Independent Carol Royer 93 0.16%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 58,567 100.0     $210,593.15
Total rejected ballots 269
Turnout 58,836
Eligible voters 76,952
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c Hasham, Alyshah (October 19, 2015). "Arif Virani wins in Parkdale-High Park". Toronto Star. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bill Blair, Adam Vaughan among new parliamentary secretaries". Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
  3. ^ "Arif Virani". Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  4. ^ Boisseau, Peter (October 3, 2016). "Jackman Law Building officially opens". Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ The Law Society of Upper Canada
  6. ^ Bhattacharyya, Anirudh (February 8, 2016). "How an Indian-origin MP in Canada is helping Syrian refugees". Hindustan Times. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ Racanelli, Helen (March 8, 2016). "Why Arif Virani ran for Parliament". Precedent Magazine. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Parkdale—High Park, 30 September 2015
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine.

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