Member of Parliament for Parkdale—High Park
After a rewarding fourteen-year legal career advocating for human rights and access to justice as a constitutional litigator, former Ugandan Asian refugee Arif Virani, is now proud to serve the community and country he calls home, as the Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park, and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Arif has an Honours B.A. in History and Political Science from McGill University, and completed his LL.B at the University of Toronto.
He has worked as an Analyst with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa; an Investigator at la Commission des droits de la personne et droits de la jeunesse in Montreal; and as an Assistant Trial Attorney prosecuting genocide at the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Arif is a founder of Toronto’s legal aid clinic SALCO, the recipient of the prestigious 2001 Harold G. Fox Scholarship and the 2008 Wilson-Prichard Award in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession and his community.
Arif lives and volunteers in Parkdale – High Park; he is a member of the Redwood Shelter for abused women, regularly helps at the Parkdale Food Bank, is an active volunteer with Roncyworks and has led community efforts to address mental health stigma.
Arif served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship from November 2015 to January 2017. From January 2017 to August 2018, Arif oversaw the Multiculturalism portfolio as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. In August 2018, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and in January 2019 he also became the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions.
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