Iqra Khalid

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Iqra Khalid

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga—Erin Mills
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRiding established
Personal details
Born (1985-11-20) November 20, 1985 (age 34)[1]
Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceMississauga, Ontario
Alma materYork University
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Professionlegal professional

Iqra Khalid MP (born November 20, 1985) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Mississauga—Erin Mills in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Khalid was born in Bahawalpur Punjab, Pakistan.[3] In 1993 her family moved to England while her father completed his PhD. In 1998 her family immigrated to Canada, where her parents started a small family business in Mississauga. Iqra and her three brothers helped at this store while they attended school.[4] Khalid attended York University, where she graduated with a degree in criminology and professional writing in 2007. As a student she served as the media ambassador for the York University Student Alumni Program,[5] and as the president of the Pakistani Students Federation where she organized a campaign to raise funds and emergency supplies for victims of the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake.[6]

Following her graduation she began working at an immigration firm. She then went on to pursue a Juris Doctorate at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She completed the three-year program in only two.[7] She wrote her final thesis on a comparative analysis of the effects of culture on the governance and regulation of a nation, using business law in the USA, Canada, India and China as case studies. She graduated with honors distinction in 2012. She then returned to Canada and began working as an articled clerk for the city of Mississauga.[8][9]

Political career[edit]

In December 2014, Khalid won her nomination to be the Liberal Party of Canada’s candidate for the riding of Mississauga-Erin Mills. In the 2015 federal election Khalid defeated two-term Conservative MP Bob Dechert to win the riding.[10] Khalid was one of two Pakistani-Canadian women elected to the House of Commons in the 2015 election, along with fellow Liberal Salma Zahid.[11]

Khalid currently sits on the Standing Committee of Justice and Human Rights, as well as the Foreign Affairs and International Development Subcommittee on International Human Rights (SDIR).[12] In addition to these roles she also serves as Chair of the Liberal Women's Caucus[13] and the All-Party Women's Caucus.[14]

In 2018, Khalid sponsored petition E-1566, calling on the Prime Minister to appoint a Minister or special advisor on Seniors Affairs.[15] Later that same year, the Government of Canada appointed Filomena Tassi as the Minister for Seniors.[16]


As a member of the Standing Committee of Justice and Human Rights, Khalid has been involved in debates and studies regarding topics such as Access to Justice, the Court Challenges Program, Physician Assisted Dying legislation, Transgender Rights legislation, Bestiality and Animal Fighting, Online Hate in Canada, and Genetic Discrimination.[17]

In 2017, Khalid tabled a successful motion to undertake a study on human trafficking.[18] After hearing from numerous witnesses and travelling across Canada to examine the issue further, the committee presented its report “Moving Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Canada”, which included recommendations that would help provide victims of trafficking the support they need and bring traffickers to justice.[19]

Human Rights Work[edit]

As a member of the Subcommittee for International Human Rights, Khalid took part in major studies on human rights situations around the word including human rights violations in Peru, Vietnam, Syria, Iraq, Burundi, Mauritania, China, Venezuela, and the issue of sex trafficking in South Asia.  She has also travelled to Kenya and Ethiopia on studies of international development efforts worldwide.

In 2016 Khalid brought forward a successful motion to the Subcommittee for International Human Rights to study the Plight of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.[20] The report produced by the study was debated in an emergency debate in the House of Commons and as a result Canada became one of the first countries to recognize the genocide of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.[21]

In 2017 Khalid sponsored petition E609, asking the Canadian government to assist the residents of Aleppo who were affected by the Syrian crisis.

In December 2016, MP Khalid introduced a private members motion asking the government to develop a strategy to tackle systemic racism and religious discrimination.[22] The motion was developed in response to a petition condemning Islamophobia in Canada, which was sponsored by MP Frank Baylis.[23] The motion passed with 2/3 majority approval and a study was commissioned by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.[24][25] The committee released a report in 2018,[26] and as a result $23 million was marked to invest in anti-racism and anti-discrimination initiatives[27]

For her work on human rights, Khalid was named as one of Chatelaine's Women of the Year in 2017.[28]

Electoral record[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: Mississauga—Erin Mills
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Iqra Khalid 31,181 53.5 +3.8
Conservative Hani Tawfilis 19,050 32.7 -6.5
New Democratic Salman Tariq 5,236 9.0 -0.4
Green Remo Boscarino-Gaetano 2,147 3.7 +2.1
People's Hazar Alsabagh 648 1.1
Total valid votes/Expense limit 58,262 100.0
Total rejected ballots 637
Turnout 58,899 66.6
Eligible voters 88,380
Source: Elections Canada[29][30]
2015 Canadian federal election: Mississauga—Erin Mills
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Iqra Khalid 27,520 49.7 +15.31
Conservative Bob Dechert 21,716 39.2 -7.38
New Democratic Michelle Bilek 5,206 9.4 -6.75
Green Andrew Roblin 905 1.6 -1.14
Total valid votes/Expense limit 55,347 100.0     $216,923.79
Total rejected ballots 245
Turnout 55,592 67.5
Eligible voters 82,348
Source: Elections Canada[31][32]


  1. ^ Khalid, Iqra (November 21, 2017). "Iqra Khalid on Twitter: "Thanks so much!"". Twitter. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Keung, Nicholas (19 October 2015). "Iqra Khalid wins Mississauga-Erin Mills" – via Toronto Star.
  3. ^ Iqra Khalid’s amazing success story — from Rahimyar Khan to Canada’s Parliament, ARY News, October 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Javat, Teenaz (April 19, 2015). "Personality: Ontario on her mind". Dawn. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "Seventeen with connections to York U are elected to the Parliament of Canada | Alumni & Friends". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  6. ^ rodp (2005-10-12). "York responds to earthquake disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan and northern India". York Media Relations. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  7. ^ "Benchmark | Summer 2016". Issuu. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  8. ^ "This millennial not only votes, she's running for MP". January 16, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  9. ^ Meet Iqra Khalid,
  10. ^ "Iqra Khalid wins Mississauga-Erin Mills | The Star". Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  11. ^ Two Pakistani women win in Canadian poll, The Express Tribune, October 21, 2015.
  12. ^ "Iqra Khalid - Overview - House of Commons of Canada". Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  13. ^ Khalid, Iqra (2018-09-19). "I'm honoured to be acclaimed as new Chair of Liberal Women's Caucus. Thank you to former chair @anitavandenbeld & her execs on all their work and resilience in the past. I vow to work hard alongside new execs @BShanahanLib @JulieDzerowicz, & @EvaNassifVimy . Big shoes to fill". @iamIqraKhalid. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  14. ^ "Iqra Khalid, "Status of Women" on Oct. 30th, 2018 |". Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  15. ^ "ISNA Seniors Forum News and Articles" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  16. ^ Tassone, Maria (2018-07-18). "CARP applauds appointment of new Minister of Seniors". CARP. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  17. ^ "JUST - Work - House of Commons of Canada". Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  18. ^ "Minutes - JUST (42-1) - No. 60 - House of Commons of Canada". Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  19. ^ "JUST - Human Trafficking in Canada". Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  20. ^ "Minutes - SDIR (42-1) - No. 3 - House of Commons of Canada". Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  21. ^ "House of Commons unanimously votes to call Myanmar Rohingya killings a genocide - National |". 2018-09-20. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  22. ^ "Iqra Khalid, "Islamophobia" on Dec. 5th, 2016 |". Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  23. ^ "Frank Baylis, "Islamophobia" on Dec. 5th, 2016 |". Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  24. ^ "Vote Details". Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  25. ^ "CHPC - Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination". Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  26. ^ "Committee Report No. 10 - CHPC (42-1) - House of Commons of Canada". Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  27. ^ Heritage, Canadian; Heritage, Canadian (2018-06-27). "Minister Joly Launches New Funding for Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives". gcnws. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  28. ^ "Women Of The Year: 33 Canadians Who Rocked 2017 - Chatelaine". Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  29. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  30. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  31. ^ "Voter Information Service - Who are the candidates in my electoral district?".
  32. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine

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