Iqra Khalid, the new MP for Mississauga–Erin Mills. She emigrated to Canada in the 1990s from England. She was born in Rukanpur, in the Rahim Yar Khan District of Pakistan. She is one of two Pakistani-Canadian women elected to the House of Commons in 2015 and one of the record number of Muslims elected.
Prior to the election she worked as a legal professional for Mississauga’s municipal government.
Khalid has a degree in criminology and professional writing from York University. She then went on to graduate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School with her Juris Doctor. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Khalid has lived in Mississauga for more than a decade and has spent the time volunteering around the community. She served as the communications coordinator for the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals and a director on the board of the Breaking Free Foundation, an organization that offers support to survivors of trauma and Brave Beginnings, an organization that tries to empower women.
Before Khalid’s family moved to Toronto her father earned his PhD in library information science. In Pakistan he was a professor, but could not take the time to re-qualify in Canada because he had to take care of his daughter and three sons. Khalid’s parents opted to open their own grocery store in Mississauga. She still lives at home with them.
Khalid says her priority for Mississauga is investment in infrastructure.