Indira Naidoo-Harris

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The Honourable
Indira Naidoo-Harris
Indira Naidoo-Harris at the 2017 AMO Conference (35906263554) (cropped).jpg
Naidoo-Harris in 2017
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Halton
Assumed office
June 12, 2014
Preceded by Ted Chudleigh
Personal details
Born Durban, South Africa
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Randy Harris
Children 2
Residence Milton, Ontario
Profession Journalist

Indira Naidoo-Harris is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a Tamil origin South African-Canadian. She is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2014. She represents the riding of Halton and is the Minister of the Status of Women in the Cabinet.


Naidoo-Harris was born in South Africa to a Tamil origin parents and grew up in Alberta. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge and spent her early broadcasting career with NBC and PBS until coming to Ontario in the 1990s.[1]

Prior to the election, she was a CBC Radio newsreader and a CBC Television journalist.[2] She lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband Randy and their two children.[3]


Naidoo-Harris ran in the 2011 provincial election as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Halton. She was defeated by Progressive Conservative incumbent Ted Chudleigh by 3,148 votes.[4][5] She ran again in the 2014 election against Chudleigh this time defeating him by 5,726 votes.[6][7]

From 2014 to 2016 she was a Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. On June 13, 2016, she was named Associate Minister of Finance Responsible for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.[8][9] On August 24, 2016 she was transferred from the pension role to a new educational ministerial position responsible for early year education and child care.[10]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
New position Associate Minister of Education
2016 - Present
Responsible for early year education and child care
Mitzie Hunter Associate Minister of Finance
2016 (June–August)
Responsible for Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
Position discontinued


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  2. ^ "Ontario election 2014: Seat changes highlight election night surprises". CBC News. June 13, 2014. Archived from the original on June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Rao, Sunil (November 24, 2010). "Indira Naidoo-Harris plans public service entry". South Asian Focus. Brampton, Ont. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Beattie, Samantha (June 13, 2014). "15-year Tory rein in Halton halted by Liberal". The Hamilton Spectator. Archived from the original on June 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "General Election by District: Halton". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ Slaughter, Graham (June 12, 2014). "Liberal candidate Indira Naidoo-Harris wins Halton in Ontario election". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Hennessey, Melanie (June 13, 2016). "Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris named associate finance minister". Inside Halton. Metroland Media. 
  9. ^ "Kathleen Wynne's shuffled cabinet features 40% women". CBC News. June 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ Benzie, Robert (August 24, 2016). "Wynne taps Naidoo-Harris to be early years and child care minister". Toronto Star. 

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