Doly Begum

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Doly Begum

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Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Scarborough Southwest
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byLorenzo Berardinetti
Personal details
Bornc. 1989 (age 30–31)
Moulvibazar District, Bangladesh
Political partyNew Democratic
ResidenceScarborough, Toronto, Ontario

Doly Begum (Bengali: ডলি বেগম) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election.[1] She represents the riding of Scarborough Southwest as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party. At 29, Doly Begum was the youngest New Democrat among the party's caucus.[2]

Begum comes from the Moulvibazar District in Bangladesh.[3] She immigrated to Canada as a child with her family.[4] She is a graduate of the University of Toronto in political science, and has a masters in development, administration and planning from University College London. She was co-chair of the Scarborough Health Coalition, vice-chair of Warden Woods Community Centre, a research analyst at the Society of Energy Professionals, and was the chief coordinator of the province-wide Keep Hydro Public campaign.

Election results[edit]

2018 Ontario general election: Scarborough Southwest
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Doly Begum 19,835 45.66 +22.01
Progressive Conservative Gary Ellis 13,565 31.22 +10.58
Liberal Lorenzo Berardinetti 8,228 18.94 -31.28
Green David Del Grande 1,174 2.70 -1.37
None of the Above Allen Atkinson 222 0.51
Libertarian James Speirs 195 0.45 -0.44
Special Needs Willie Little 160 0.37
Trillium Bobby Turley 64 0.15
Total valid votes 43,443 100.0  
Source: Elections Ontario[5]


  1. ^ Palamarchuk, Andrew (June 7, 2018). "NDP candidate Doly Begum ends Liberal reign in Scarborough Southwest". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "73 new MPPs ride Ontario's wave of change to Queen's Park". CBC News Toronto, June 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Doly Begum makes history, wins big in Ontario provincial polls". The Daily Star. June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "NDP candidate Doly Begum ends Liberal reign in Scarborough Southwest". Toronto Star. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 8. Retrieved 20 January 2019.

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