|Official Opposition Critic for|
Early Learning and Childcare
|Assumed office |
August 23, 2018
|Deputy Opposition Whip|
August 23, 2018 – August 30, 2019
|Succeeded by||Doly Begum|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
for Parkdale—High Park
|Assumed office |
June 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Cheri DiNovo|
|Born||1983/1984 (age 37–38)|
|Political party||New Democratic|
|Alma mater||University of British Columbia, University of Toronto|
Bhutila Karpoche / / boo-TILL-ə KAR-pə-CHAY; Tibetan: བུ་ཁྲིད་ལ་དཀར་པོ་ཆེས།, born 1983 or 1984) is a Canadian politician, who has served as the member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) since the 2018 provincial election, representing the Toronto riding of Parkdale—High Park in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. A member of the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP), she served as the official opposition mental health and addictions critic and is now the official opposition critic for Early Learning and Child Care in Ontario. Karpoche is the first person of Tibetan descent ever elected to public office in North America.(
Prior to her 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 Queen's Park. 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.
She holds a masters of public health in epidemiology from the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health and is currently a PhD candidate in public health policy at Ryerson University.
On September 14, 2017, the Parkdale—High Park NDP riding association nominated Karpoche as the party's candidate in the upcoming general election. She won the election on June 7, 2018 with 59.41% support from voters.
Upon being sworn in as an MPP, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath appointed Karpoche as deputy opposition whip and mental health and addictions critic. In a shadow cabinet shuffle on August 30, 2019, the deputy opposition whip was passed to Doly Begum.
|2018 Ontario general election: Parkdale—High Park|
|New Democratic||Bhutila Karpoche||32,407||59.41||+13.21|
|Progressive Conservative||Adam Pham||9,821||18.00||+6.26|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||+3.42|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
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