Murad Velshi

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Murad Velshi
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Dennis Timbrell
Succeeded by Margery Ward
Constituency Don Mills
Personal details
Born (1935-04-04) April 4, 1935 (age 83)
Pretoria, South Africa
Political party Liberal
Occupation Businessman

Murad Velshi (born April 4, 1935) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1987 to 1990. He represented the riding of Don Mills in Toronto.


Velshi was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. He was a master baker and entrepreneur before relocating to Kenya where he operated a real-estate company. After moving to Canada in 1971, he established a chain of travel agencies in Toronto and Vancouver. Served as president of the Flemingdon Health Centre and President of North York Red Cross.

His son, Ali Velshi, was a senior business correspondent and news anchor for CNN. After leaving CNN Ali Velshi went to Al Jazeera America in 2013 and left in April 2016. Ali Velshi joined MSNBC in October 2016 where he is a news anchor for MSNBC Live and a co-anchor for the show Velshi & Ruhle.


He ran for a seat in the Ontario legislature in the 1981 provincial election and finished a distant second in the riding of Don Mills against Progressive Conservative incumbent Dennis Timbrell.[1] When Timbrell retired before the 1987 election, he ran again this time defeating his closest opponent by more than 2,000 votes.[2] He served for a year as Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

The Liberals were defeated in the Ontario general election in 1990 and Velshi lost his seat to Margery Ward of the New Democratic Party of Ontario by 1,004 votes.[3] He attempted to regain the seat in a by-election held on April 1, 1993, but finished a weak second against Progressive Conservative candidates David Johnson.[4]


  1. ^ Canadian Press (March 20, 1981). "Election results for Metro Toronto". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. 
  2. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  3. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  4. ^ "NDP takes a beating in byelections". The Windsor Star. April 2, 1993. p. A4. 

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