Roman Baber

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Roman Baber

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Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for York Centre
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byMonte Kwinter
Personal details
Born1980/1981
Soviet Union
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceToronto, Ontario
OccupationCivil and commercial litigation lawyer

Roman Baber is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election.[1] He represents the riding of York Centre as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

Background[edit]

Baber was born and raised in the Soviet Union until 1989 and then lived in Israel until age fifteen. He came to Canada with his family in 1995 and settled in North York. Baber went to high school at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute and got a B.A. from York University and then went on to Western to earn a law degree.[2]

Baber is the past President of the YorkU Conservative Club from his York days.[3]

Legal career[edit]

Baber was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006 and then went onto join a Bay Street law firm before opening up his own firm, Taylor, Baber and Mergui which he remained a partner at until his election.[4]

Community Work[edit]

Baber is a member of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, a global order of knighthood in the Philippines and around the world.[2] He was knighted by the group and was referred to as "Sir" by them until December 2018 when he was promoted to a new rank and is now referred to as "Commander".[5][6]

Prior to Baber holding public office, he rallied, worked with elected officials and organized town halls to try to stop the closure of Branson Hospital in York Centre.[7] The hospital was closed by the government on June 1, 2017, a year before Baber was elected.[8]

In August 2018, Baber spoke vocally and held several meetings with elected and non-elected officials to condemn the protest organized by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Palestinian Service Workers Union which took place outside of B'nai Brith Canada's office on August 29, 2018 and ensure that everyone at the protest would be kept safe.[9][10][11][12]

Baber has been a loud voice against anti-Semitism in Ontario, he introduced Bill 84, a private members bill which was passed on April 4, 2019 that would prohibit hate demonstrations on legislative grounds.[13] Baber also penned a letter sharing his concern with regards to the protest which was planned to take place at the 2019 Walk with Israel and worked closely with the Toronto Police Service, CIJA and UJA of Greater Toronto to ensure that all would be kept safe.[14][15] Finally, Baber has spoken clearly against the annual Al Quds Day rally and released the official government statement regarding this.[16]

Political career[edit]

Baber defeated the former federal finance minister Joe Oliver for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario nomination in York Centre for the 2018 Ontario election. Oliver lost to Baber by a margin of 711 to 465, respectively on January 15, 2017.[17]

On June 7, Baber defeated his nearest challenger by a two-one margin and claimed over 50% of the vote. The riding had been held by former Liberal MPP Monte Kwinter since 1985.[18]

Baber serves on the Standing committee for Government Agencies in addition to serving on the Justice Policy committee. Because of Baber's background as a lawyer, he was also appointed as a member of the Select Committee on Financial Transparency.[19]

In November 2018, Baber became a special adviser to the PC caucus and Minister Lisa MacLeod on immigration issues across Ontario. In this role, he chairs the committee which reviews immigration processes across the entire Province.[20]

Baber is a member of the Select Committee on Financial Transparency, and has questioned witnesses such as Glenn Thibeault, Kathleen Wynne and Andrew Teliszewsky.[21][22]

Autism file[edit]

Baber was reportedly assigned a task by Premier Doug Ford's office on April 2, 2019, to write a report on the Ontario Autism Plan and to lay out what options and methods there were to fix the plan after the Ford government's plan got mixed reviews. Baber formulated a 51-page report which apparently is based on hundreds of hours of insight from professionals and parents in the autism community. Baber's solutions and ideas are said to be cost-effective and a sustainable option [23]. The report calls for a re-set on the autism plan and shared some very shocking information regarding what has been shared by the Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. [24][25][26]

On June 29, 2019, the Globe and Mail got a hold of the June 13 report and released it, causing Baber to be seen as the autism communities advocate.[27][28] Baber's report was belittled by Premier Ford who said it was “unverified...likely inaccurate...a fiction.” [29]

Electoral record[edit]

2018 Ontario general election: York Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Roman Baber 18,434 50.15 +19.13
New Democratic Andrea Vásquez Jiménez 8,617 23.44 +7.70
Liberal Ramon Estaris 7,865 21.39 -25.83
Green Roma Lyon 843 2.29 -0.98
None of the Above Cherie Ann Day 467 1.27
Libertarian Benjamin Kamminga 398 1.08
Ontario Moderate Party Alexander Leonov 137 0.37
Total valid votes 36,761 100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +22.48
Source: Elections Ontario[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sunshine, Fannie (June 7, 2018). "PCs' Roman Baber wins York Centre, says voters want 'Ontario back on track'". Toronto Star.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Roman Baber". Roman Baber for York Centre. 2016-10-24. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  3. ^ "Roman Baber on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  4. ^ "Taylor, Baber & Mergui". www.tbalaw.ca. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  5. ^ Cho, Stan (November 26, 2018). "What an honour today to introduce the Knights of Rizal, an order originating from the Philippines, and Ladies of Rizal to our #Ontario legislature with fellow Knight of Rizal, Sir @Roman_Baber , and Deputy Premier @celliottability!pic.twitter.com/fLYKfKb5WZ".
  6. ^ Baber, Roman (December 30, 2018). "Honoured to be promoted to Commander, Knights of Rizal, at a beautiful Rizal Day ceremony held today in #yorkcentre, home to the largest Filipino community in Canada. Dr. Rizal fought for equality, justice & independence in the Philippines. We are so very blessed #onpolipic.twitter.com/KYEvjWm5iO".
  7. ^ "Town Hall to Save Branson Hospital". allevents.in.
  8. ^ Draaisma, Muriel (Apr 25, 2017). "Residents oppose closure of Branson urgent care centre in North York". CBC. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "Roman Baber on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  10. ^ "Michael Mostyn on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  11. ^ "Roman Baber on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  12. ^ "MPP York Centre: "I am disturbed and concerned for the rally proposed for August 29, 2018." - The Post Millennial". www.thepostmillennial.com. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  13. ^ "Prohibiting Hate-Promoting Demonstrations at Queen's Park Act, 2019". Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
  14. ^ Baber, Roman (May 13, 2019). "Please see joint news release of today's date regarding the UJA Walk for Israel and the proposed counter rally. There is no room for anti-Semitism or hate of any kind in Ontario. #onpoli #yorkcentrepic.twitter.com/UXAN1JA3Ft".
  15. ^ "LEVY: Anti-Israel party crashers have little impact on Walk with Israel | Toronto Sun". May 21, 2019.
  16. ^ Baber, Roman (May 31, 2019). "My statement re Toronto Al Quds Day rally scheduled for tomorrow. #ONPoli #yorkcentrepic.twitter.com/cp7QHxnOAw".
  17. ^ Staff, CJN (2017-01-16). "Joe Oliver loses Ontario PC bid to Roman Baber, Russian Jew". Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  18. ^ "PCs' Roman Baber wins York Centre, says voters want 'Ontario back on track' | The Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  19. ^ "Roman Baber | Legislative Assembly of Ontario". www.ola.org. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  20. ^ MacLeod, Lisa (November 19, 2018). "As @ONImmigrants Minister I've asked @Roman_Baber to chair an immigration caucus for our team! Happy to participate in the first meeting as we discuss immigration and Ontario's economy. We have a strong and diverse team represented by many newcomers to Ontario.pic.twitter.com/N2FsgyTH3X".
  21. ^ Paikin, Steve (December 4, 2018). "MPP Roman Baber is a lawyer who has interviewed thousands of witnesses in court. He was chided several times yesterday for treating @Kathleen_Wynne with hostility. He's nudging up to the line today. #onpolipic.twitter.com/nCGaCP5LiU".
  22. ^ Baber, Roman (December 2, 2018). "Who ordered the cost of the Fair Hydro Plan be kept "off the Books"? Andrew Teliszewsky, Former Lib Chief of Staff (Energy) had one answer. But Gadi Mayman, head of Ontario Finance Authority had another. I will be asking Kathleen Wynne for the truth tomorrow. #ONpoli #YorkCentrepic.twitter.com/GFcEUinSD6".
  23. ^ https://twitter.com/Roman_Baber/status/1145359929164910592
  24. ^ https://www.chch.com/leaked-autism-file-leaves-families-complaining-about-ford-government/
  25. ^ https://twitter.com/Roman_Baber/status/1144655726436110336
  26. ^ https://medium.com/@patrickmonaghan/roman-baber-a-history-in-tweets-95ea4495dc91
  27. ^ https://twitter.com/l_stone/status/1144656628588908544
  28. ^ https://medium.com/@patrickmonaghan/roman-baber-a-history-in-tweets-95ea4495dc91
  29. ^ https://twitter.com/l_stone/status/1144674049068601345
  30. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 11. Retrieved 20 January 2019.

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