Bhutila Karpoche

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Bhutila Karpoche

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Critic, Mental Health and Addictions
Assumed office
August 23, 2018
LeaderAndrea Horwath
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Parkdale—High Park
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byCheri DiNovo
Personal details
Born1983/1984 (age 35–36)[1]
Political partyNew Democratic
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia, University of Toronto

Bhutila Karpoche (born 1983 or 1984)[1] is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election.[1] She represents the riding of Parkdale—High Park as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party.

She is the first person of Tibetan descent ever elected to public office in North America.[1]

Prior to the election, Karpoche worked for Cheri DiNovo, her predecessor as MPP for Parkdale-High Park, first in DiNovo's constituency office and more recently as her executive assistant at Queens Park.[2] She also served on the board of directors of the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario and on the steering committee of the International Tibet Network.[3]

In her capacity as a member of provincial parliament, Karpoche serves as the Deputy Opposition Whip,[4] and the Ontario New Democratic Party's Mental Health and Addictions critic.[5]

Electoral record

Karpoche in 2018.
2018 Ontario general election: Parkdale—High Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Bhutila Karpoche 32,407 59.41 +13.21
Progressive Conservative Adam Pham 9,821 18.00 +6.26
Liberal Nadia Guerrera 9,271 17.00 -20.42
Green Halyna Zalucky 2,544 4.66 +1.33
Libertarian Matthias Nunno 371 0.68 +0.25
Communist Jay Watts 135 0.25
Turnout 54,549 65.02 +8.12
Eligible voters 83,879
New Democratic hold Swing +3.42
Source: Elections Ontario[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Kennedy, Brendan (June 7, 2018). "NDP's Bhutila Karpoche wins Parkdale-High Park, becoming first Tibetan ever elected to public office in North America". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "NDP politician Cheri DiNovo may be leaving politics, but her work on LGBT issues isn’t over". Daily Xtra, September 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "First Tibetan, Bhutila Karpoche Wins Election in Canada". Tibetan Journal, June 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park)". Ontario Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Statement from NDP Mental Health and Addictions critic Bhutila Karpoche". Ontario NDP. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 9. Retrieved 20 January 2019.