Ottawa, Ontario 2 December 2015: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement after the appointment of 35 parliamentary secretaries:
“In order to build a country that works for everyone, you need a strong and diverse team. Today I have the pleasure of announcing that 35 remarkable Canadians will be taking on new and expanded responsibilities. These highly motivated individuals, who come from a variety of backgrounds and communities across our great country, bring a wealth of talent and experience to the table that will complement existing Cabinet strengths…”
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named his 35 new parliamentary secretaries Wednesday afternoon.
In a document posted to the government’s website, Trudeau named Whitby MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes as his personal parliamentary secretary and appointed 34 others to assist with ministerial responsibilities including Arif Virani (Parkdale–High Park), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
About Arif Virani
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (Parkdale–High Park)
Arif Virani, a former Ugandan Asian refugee, has spent the past fourteen years as a constitutional litigator, advocating for human rights and access to justice. Arif 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 Montréal, and as an assistant trial attorney prosecuting genocide at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Arif was one of the founders of Toronto’s legal aid clinic SALCO, the recipient of the 2001 Harold G. Fox litigation scholarship at the Middle Temple, London, United Kingdom, and the 2008 Wilson-Prichard Award recipient 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 has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from McGill University, and completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Toronto, where he graduated as valedictorian. Arif speaks English, French, and Hindi. He is happily married and the devoted father of two young boys.