A lawyer, public servant, immigrant, and long-time resident of Erin Mills, Iqra Khalid is here to serve the diverse needs of residents in our riding. Iqra knows that leadership requires understanding, and she works to inspire others to take an active role in building Canada.
Born in Pakistan, Iqra Khalid moved to Canada with her family at a young age and grew up in Erin Mills. She studied criminology at York University and moved on to complete her law degree at the University of Michigan. While attending high school and completing her bachelor’s, Iqra made time to work and support her family’s small business. Completing her law degree at the University of Michigan, Iqra returned home to Mississauga where she went on to work for the City of Mississauga’s legal department and continue serving her community.
Before entering politics, Iqra was actively engaged in the issues facing Canada and peoples around the world. Whether she was raising funds for global disaster relief or building bridges between student groups at York university, helping at her parents’ small business after school or working at an immigration firm, Iqra is engaged in the diverse experiences of Mississauga residents. Believing in the potential of Mississauga-Erin Mills, Iqra took her first steps into politics and ran for office in 2015.
Iqra has served as Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erin Mills since 2015. She is a strong advocate for women’s issues and a steadfast ally in the cause of human rights, speaking out on issues such as human trafficking, online hate, and the Rohingya Genocide. Iqra gives a voice to the people of Mississauga-Erin Mills in her roles as a member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Human Rights, as Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and as Chair of the Women’s Caucus.
Iqra knows that effective leadership requires understanding the needs of her constituents. That is why Iqra is actively engaged with the ideas and concerns facing the residents of Mississauga-Erin Mills. She hosts regular town halls and seminars to take feedback from her constituents and to keep them informed on the policies and programs that affect them. Iqra is proud to have created the Erin Mills Women’s Council, the first of its kind, to advise her on the issues facing women in her riding.