Yasir and his family arrived in Canada in 1988 after the Pakistani government imprisoned his father for leading a pro-democracy march. With an upbringing deeply rooted in the values of democracy, social justice and compassion, Yasir knows how important it is to be involved in the community and give back.
Yasir’s passion to serve his community resulted in him being elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre in October 2007. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.
While in provincial government, Yasir served in many roles including as the Attorney General of Ontario, Government House Leader, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and Minister of Labour. Through this work he raised the minimum wage, brought forward new protections for vulnerable workers, banned race-based carding in Ontario and modernized our court system.
After leaving government, Yasir served as the CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Canada’s leading voice on citizenship and inclusion.
Yasir is a tireless advocate for public services and sustainable community growth. Recognized by his peers as a strong community leader, Yasir helped secure funding for Phase One and Phase Two of the LRT, build hundreds of new affordable housing units and build the Flora Footbridge and Chinatown Gateway.
He has also served on the boards of many community organizations such as OrKidstra, United Way East Ontario and the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership.
Yasir is the proud father of Rafi and Elliana.
Alongside Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team, Yasir is ready to continue to serve the people of Ottawa Centre.