Iqra Khalid was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erin Mills in 2015 and has been re-elected twice.
Ms. Khalid has previously served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and as a member of the International Human Rights Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs. She is a member of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, and has served on numerous other parliamentary committees and associations, including three years as Chair of the Liberal women’s caucus. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics.
Ms. Khalid emigrated from Pakistan to Canada with her family at a young age and grew up in Erin Mills, Ontario. Before entering politics, she worked at an immigration firm and for the City of Mississauga’s legal department.
As a Member of Parliament, Ms. Khalid is a champion for women’s issues, access to justice, and human rights in Canada and globally. In 2016, she brought forward a successful motion to investigate the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, leading Canada to recognize the genocide of the Rohingya. She also introduced a successful non-binding motion to condemn systemic racism and all forms of religious discrimination, including Islamophobia. She is a strong advocate against human trafficking and online hate, and her dedication to human rights earned her recognition as one of Chatelaine’s Women of the Year in 2017.
Ms. Khalid is actively engaged with people in her riding, where she holds regular town halls to gather ideas and keep people informed of the policies and programs that impact them. She works to inspire others to take an active role in building a better Canada, including as the founder and Chair of the Mississauga Erin Mills Women’s Council, which aims to amplify the voices of women in the local community.
Ms. Khalid holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Professional Writing and Criminology from York University and a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School.