A first generation Canadian, Yasir’s 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 feels it is important to be involved in the community and give back.
Yasir’s passion to serve his community resulted in being elected MPP in October 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. In 2013 he was appointed Minister of Labour where he raised the minimum wage, brought forward new protections for vulnerable workers and improved workplace safety measures. In 2014 he was appointed Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Government House Leader.
As Minister, he has worked to build stronger, safer communities by implementing a more fair, equitable and transparent OPP Billing Model, developing world-leading standards of care for marine mammals, introducing new rules for police record checks to remove unnecessary barriers, undertaking a comprehensive review of Ontario’s segregation policy and its emergency management system, banning carding, and spearheading the largest transformation in policing in over 25 years with the Strategy for a Safer Ontario.
Yasir is the proud father of Rafi and Elliana Naqvi, and husband to Christine McMillan.