Yasir Naqvi was first elected to represent the riding of Ottawa Centre in 2007, and he was re-elected in 2011. He was appointed Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services on March 25, 2014. Prior to that, Naqvi served as Minister of Labour. He has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Minister of Revenue and the Minister of Education.
Prior to his election, Naqvi was the Associate Director and International Trade Counsel at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL). Before joining CTPL, he practiced international trade law with Lang Michener LLP and Flavell Kubrick LLP.
Naqvi is recognized by his peers as a strong community leader and involved resident of Ottawa Centre. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Centretown Community Health Centre and has been the Co-Chair of the Capital Food Bank Blitz since 2005. Over the last number of years, the food blitz has raised 275,000 pounds of food for those in need.
A first generation Canadian, Naqvi’s family arrived in Canada in 1988 after the Pakistani government imprisoned his father for leading a pro-democracy march. Canada welcomed his family and allowed them to prosper.