Reza Moridi

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The Honourable
Reza Moridi
MPP
RezaMoridi.jpg
Moridi's riding office
Member of Provincial Parliament
for Richmond Hill
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 30, 2007
Preceded by new district
Personal details
Born Urmia, West Azarbaijan, Iran
Political party Liberal
Residence Richmond Hill, Ontario
Profession Physicist, Engineer

Reza Moridi (Persian: رضا مریدی) is a Canadian politician, and the first Iranian-Canadian elected to a provincial or federal legislature in Canada.[1][2][3][4][5] He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2007 provincial election and re-elected in 2011, representing the riding of Richmond Hill. He is a member of the Liberal Party.

Background[edit]

Moridi was born in Urmia in northwest Iran, educated in the UK and obtained a PhD from Brunel University in engineering. He has lived in Richmond Hill, Ontario since 1991.

He was Vice-President and Chief Scientist of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada. He also worked as an executive in the electrical industry. Moridi also worked as a professor and he was appointed to the Dean of the School of Sciences, Chair of the Physics Department and University Chief Librarian at Alzahra University, Tehran. He also served on the University Senate. In 2001 the Canadian Nuclear Society presented him with an Education and Communication Award for his research in the nuclear industry. For his contribution to physics and engineering, Moridi was elected as Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics (1986) and Fellow of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (1992). In 2002 he was presented with the Fellow Award by the US Health Physics Society.

Moridi has written over 150 research papers and other documents, technical reports and documents, conference abstracts, training manuals and articles.

Politics[edit]

Moridi was first elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in 2007 in the riding of Richmond Hill. In his first term he has served as parliamentary assistant to the ministers of Training, Colleges and Universities and Research and Innovation. Shortly after his re-election in 2011 he was appointed as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Energy. On February 11, 2013, Moridi was appointed by Premier Kathleen Wynne as the Minister of Research and Innovation, the first Iranian to hold such a position out of Iran.

Petitions[edit]

In 2009, Moridi presented a petition regarding human rights in Iran. The petition protested against the situation in Iran and the lack of respect for the human rights.[6]

Moridi introduced a petition that asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs to intervene on Saeed Malekpour's behalf and appeal to the government of Iran." Malekpour a resident of Richmond Hill, was imprisoned back in 2008 when he returned to Iran to visit his dying father. The web developer is being held responsible for a "pornographic website" because he created and sold the photo-downloading software used to help build it, which has his name on it.[7][8]

Nowruz recognition[edit]

On April 10, 2008, Moridi introduced a motion in the Legislature at Queen's Park proclaiming the first day of spring as Nowruz Day in Ontario. This was passed unanimously by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, recognizing the first day of Spring as Nowruz.[9]

Republic of Azerbaijan statement[edit]

Moridi read a statement in praise of the Republic of Azerbaijan before the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, in honor of the nation's anniversary in May 2010, in which he called the current government of Azerbaijan "a secular democratic and republic".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richmond Hill: Liberal is first Iranian-Canadian MPP The Toronto Star
  2. ^ Reza Moridi's Official Page
  3. ^ TVO: The Agenda
  4. ^ Payvand News
  5. ^ Salam Toronto Weekly Publications
  6. ^ Reza Moridi's petition regarding "Human Rights on Sept 14, 2009
  7. ^ Iran sentences Richmond Hill resident to death, Post City Magazine
  8. ^ Reza Moridi reading a petition to the Legislative Assembly
  9. ^ Ontario Government Recognizes Nowruz
  10. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNVXp9kadyw Reza Moridi, Liberal MPP (Richmond Hill, Ontario) comments about Azerbaijan at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada, May 30, 2010.

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