Canada has its first Pak-origin minister



TORONTO: Latafat Ali Siddiqui

Published — Wednesday 13 February 2013

Last update 12 February 2013 10:27 pm

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Yasir Naqvi, an Ottawa-based lawyer and a parliamentarian, became on Monday Canada’s first minister of Pakistani origin. He was sworn in as minister for labor in the Cabinet of Kathleen Wynne who is leading the Ontario government.
First elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in October 2007, Yasir served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Community Safety and Revenue, until he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the minister of education. As an MPP (member provincial parliament), Yasir introduced four Private Member’s Bills — the Safer Communities and Neighborhoods Act, the Independent Board of Public Health Act, the Escaping Domestic Violence Act, and the College and University Student Associations Act.
Yasir was born and raised in Pakistan and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1988 at the age of 15.

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