Majid Jowhari

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Majid Jowhari
Member of Parliament
for Richmond Hill
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byCostas Menegakis
Personal details
Born (1960-10-24) October 24, 1960 (age 62)
Yusef Abad, Tehran, Iran
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceRichmond Hill, Ontario
Alma materRyerson University
York University
ProfessionConsultant, former engineer

Majid Jowhari MP (Persian: مجید جوهری, born October 24, 1960) is a Canadian politician who was elected in the 2015, 2019 and in the 2021 Canadian federal election to represent the electoral district of Richmond Hill as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada.[1][2][3] He is a member of the Liberal Party. He was the first federal nominee and candidate of Iranian heritage. Jowhari is the first Iranian-born Member of Parliament of Iranian heritage. Jowhari is one of the first two Iranian-Canadian members of parliament, with the other being Ali Ehsassi.[4]

Education and designations[edit]

Jowhari attended Ryerson University, earning a Bachelor of Technology in industrial engineering, and York University's Schulich School of Business, where he earned an MBA. Jowhari was a licensed professional engineer from 1995 to 1999 and founded his own boutique consulting firm.[5]

Prior to entering politics, Majid specialized in large business transition and transformation enabled by technology. He advised fortune 500 companies on strategy and extending value chain business process re-engineering supply chain optimization.[6] This experience has helped bridge to his role as the federal representative, where he helps businesses and organizations in the community flourish and further facilitating community and business forums.[6]

During the 2015 federal election, Jowhari was told that he was not allowed to use the restricted title "Engineer" because did not renew his licence when he changed fields. Jowhari apologized and donated $5,000 to support the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education, which provides annual scholarships for engineering students who are on the path to licensing.[7]

42nd Canadian Parliament[edit]

Jowhari was elected as the Liberal Party's candidate in Richmond Hill on September 7, 2014, and elected as the Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill in the October 19, 2015, election.[1] During the ensuing 42nd Canadian Parliament Jowhari founded and chaired the Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus and held roles on Parliamentary Committees, Parliamentary Associations, and Interparliamentary Groups. On January 29, 2016, Jowhari was appointed to the Industry, Science and Technology Parliamentary Committee and the Government Operations and Estimates Parliamentary Committee in August 2017. Jowhari was a member of the Canada-China Legislative Association, the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group, and the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association.[8]

Mental Health Advocacy in Parliament[edit]

In 2018, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) named Majid Jowhari as a Parliamentary Mental Health Champion.[9] Jowhari received this award due to the fact that he drafted and introduced legislation to change the criminal code to incorporate Mental Health into the pre-sentencing report. In 2016, Jowhari founded and chaired the Liberal Mental Health Caucus, which he later expanded in 2018 by creating the Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus. As the founder and Chair of Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus, Jowhari worked with Parliamentarians across all parties and Senators to create a collaborative team that will bring mental health to the forefront of discussion on the hill.[10][9]

Advocacy for Diplomacy[edit]

Consistent with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 2015 federal election promise to establish diplomatic relations with Iran,[11] Jowhari accepted the request to sponsor a Parliamentary E-Petition "E-553 (Iran)" initiated by Bijan Ahmadi which specifically asks the Government of Canada to re-establish diplomatic relations and consular services with Iran, including reopening embassies in both countries. The petition provided historical background information and cited how the 2012 closure impacts Iranian-Canadians nationwide. This petition successfully garnered over 15,781 verified signatures. Conservative Member of Parliament Peter Kent sponsored petition "E-563", which directly opposed Jowhari's but only garnered 607 verified signatures.[12]

An Iranian delegation composed of Members of Parliament and their Secretary of a Development Committee was in Canada to formally meet with officials at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal. The delegation requested a meeting with Jowhari which took place in his constituency office in Richmond Hill. Jowhari stated over email that the premise of this meeting was an opportunity to listen and discuss as well as express his concerns related to human rights in Iran.[13]

43rd Canadian Parliament[edit]

Jowhari was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill in the October 21, 2019, election.[14] He won the tight race with a margin of only 212 votes against Conservative candidate Costas Menegakis. During the ensuing 43rd Canadian Parliament he sponsored one private member bill, Bill C-207 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (presentence report) which sought to include aspects of an offender's mental condition, relevant for sentencing purposes, in presentence reports, though the bill was not brought to a vote.[15]

Motion M-36 Emancipation Day[edit]

On March 9, 2020, Majid tabled a Private Member's Motion that would have August 1 of every year be recognized as 'Emancipation Day' across Canada.[16] Jowhari worked with Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard on gaining support and momentum for the motion.[17] In an interview with The Globe and Mail on Motion M-36, Jowhari exclaimed that "Canada should also apologize for its history of slavery and consider how it can reconcile it through government initiatives or reparations."[18] In a Facebook Note to his constituents, Majid Jowhari wrote,

As we approach August 1, I want to affirm that our responsibility to confront our history and advocate for greater diversity, inclusion and opportunity does not end with Emancipation Day. While the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic have temporarily changed the course of my Private Member's Motion, Motion 36, being approved in Parliament, I urge you to continue to prioritize this cause. I will continue to be an advocate for a more inclusive and diverse society in which Emancipation Day and its history are represented and embodied in our schools and institutions. My hope is that you will join me in exploring our nation's history and take part in your community's Emancipation Day celebrations safely and remotely.[19]

44th Canadian Parliament[edit]

Jowhari was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill for the third time on September 20, 2021.[14] He won the tight race with a large margin of 4,069 votes.[20]

Electoral record[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: Richmond Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Majid Jowhari 21,804 43.48 -3.42 $83,458.04
Conservative Costas Menegakis 21,592 43.06 -0.26 $108,773.79
New Democratic Adam DeVita 4,425 8.80 +0.76 $4,207.04
Green Ichha Kohli 1,695 3.40 +1.66 $0.00
People's Igor Tvorogov 507 1.0 none listed
Rhinoceros Otto Wevers 126 0.2 none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit 50,149 100.0
Total rejected ballots 584
Turnout 50,733 59.9
Eligible voters 84,660
Liberal hold Swing -1.58
Source: Elections Canada[21][22]
2015 Canadian federal election: Richmond Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Majid Jowhari 23,032 46.9 +8.28
Conservative Michael Parsa 21,275 43.3 -0.25
New Democratic Adam DeVita 3,950 8.0 -9.0
Green Gwendolyn Veenema 856 1.7 -1.96
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,113 100.0     $214,687.76
Total rejected ballots 253
Turnout 49,366 61.39 +5.43
Eligible voters 80,402
Source: Elections Canada[23][24]


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  2. ^ "Jowhari wins federal Liberal nomination for Richmond Hill". September 15, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Canada election results: Richmond Hill". Global News. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
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  5. ^ "Meet Majid Jowhari". Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Majid Jowhari". Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  7. ^ "Liberal MP Majid Jowhari apologizes for misstating engineering credentials". CBC News. The Canadian Press. November 14, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  8. ^ Jowhari, Majid. "Member of Parliament". House of Commons Canada. House of Commons Overview. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 2, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  11. ^ "Justin Trudeau: I'll end ISIS combat mission, restore relations with Iran | CBC News".
  12. ^ "Richmond Hill MP wants Canada to resume relations with Iran". September 20, 2016.
  13. ^ "Liberal backbencher has sit-down with Iranian parliamentarians". November 28, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Canada election results: Richmond Hill". Global News. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  15. ^ "Bill C-207 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (presentence report)". Parliament of Canada. February 19, 2020.
  16. ^ "M-36 Emancipation Day 43rd Parliament, 1st Session – Members of Parliament – House of Commons of Canada". Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  17. ^ Smith, Emma (August 1, 2020). "N.S. senator calls for Canada to officially recognize Emancipation Day". CBC News. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "Government to commemorate significant Black historical events, figures". Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  19. ^ "Emancipation Day – August 1st, 2020". Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  20. ^ Canada, Elections. "Election Night Results – Electoral Districts". Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  21. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  22. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  23. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Richmond Hill, 30 September 2015
  24. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine

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