Majid Jowhari

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Majid Jowhari

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Richmond Hill
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Costas Menegakis
Personal details
Born (1960-10-24) October 24, 1960 (age 58)
Yusef Abad, Tehran, Iran
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Homeira Jowhari
Residence Richmond Hill, Ontario
Alma mater Ryerson University
York University
Profession Consultant & Former Professional Engineer

Majid Jowhari MP (Persian: مجید جوهری‎) is a Canadian Liberal politician who represents the riding of Richmond Hill in the House of Commons of Canada. He was elected in the 2015 federal election[1][2] and is the first federal nominee and candidate of Iranian-Heritage. Majid Jowhari made history as the first Iranian-Canadian Member of Parliament alongside Ali Ehsasi.[3]

Education and Designations

Jowhari attended Ryerson University, earning a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering, and York University's Schulich School of Business, where he earned an MBA. Jowhari was a licensed Professional Engineer from 1995-1999 and founded his own boutique consulting firm to provide advice to chief financial officers.[4]

Federal Politics

In the House of Commons, Member of Parliament (MP) Majid Jowhari is the notable founder of the Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus and holds roles on Parliamentary Committees, Parliamentary Associations and Interparliamentary Groups. MP Jowhari presently serves concurrently on two Parliamentary Committees; In January 29th, 2016 MP Jowhari was appointed to the "Industry, Science and Technology Parliamentary Committee" and subsequently appointed to "the Government Operations and Estimates Parliamentary Committee" on January 29th,2018. MP Jowhari is a member of the Canada-China Legislative Association, Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group and Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association. [5]

MP Majid Jowhari drafted, introduced and read his first Private Members Bill [C-375 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (presentence report)] in the House of Commons on October 19th, 2017. It reached the second stage of reading on March 21st, 2018 and was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, who amended and approved it on March 10th, 2018. It reached concurrence at Report Stage on September 19th, 2018 and was approved for third (final) reading.[6]

The bill amends the pre-sentencing report to provided court Judges information on Mental Health, which was overwhelmingly supported by experts, the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC), The New Democratic Party (NDP), Bloc Québécois and the Green Party, who all voted in support of it. [7]

The Conservatives voted against the bill and were criticized by colleagues across party lines for being unable to provide relevant critiques to justify their objections to the bill. [8]

The Bill successfully passed third reading and final reading in the House of Commons, on November 7th, 2018 with (198 Yea's) vs. (76 Nay's).[9] The Bill has currently been sent to the Senate for first reading on November 8th, 2018.

2015 Federal Election

Jowhari was elected as the Liberal Party's candidate in Richmond Hill on September 7, 2014 and elected as the Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill in the October 19, 2015 election. ].[1]

Majid Jowhari was a licensed Professional Engineer from 1995-1999. Upon changing fields, did not renew his license which was cancelled due to non-payment. When describing his past credentials as a Professional Engineer in the 2015 federal election, Jowhari was informed he was not allowed to use the restricted title "Engineer". Jowhari apologized and donated $5,000 to support the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education which provides annual scholarships for deserving engineering students who are on the path to licensing. .[10]

Mental Health Advocacy in Parliament

In 2018, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) named Majid Jowhari as a Parliamentary Mental Health Champion. Each year, the organization selects individuals and organizations as Champions to recognize them for their contributions to mental health in Canada. According to the CAMIHM, "Majid Jowhari is a staunch advocate for mental health in Canada. He drafted and introduced legislation to change the criminal code, which would take mental health information into account during pre-sentencing, and founded and chaired the Liberal Mental Health Caucus, and later, the Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus, reaching across party lines to bring mental health to the forefront of discussion on the Hill."[11]

Majid Jowhari was named the 2018 Parliamentary Champion alongside champions representing youth, media, and research, and who have bettered their communities and workplaces at an event held Tuesday, May 8, hosted by the Minister of Health, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, as well as comedian and author Jessica Holmes.[12]

"When I arrived in Canada as a young man, transitioning into a new lifestyle in a new country, I struggled – as did many of the students around me – with what we now rightfully call mental health." said Majid Jowhari, "We didn’t talk about it back then, understand it, or have access to the services so many Canadians rely on today. It’s one of the reasons I’ve committed to ending the stigma, raising the issue in Parliament, and advocating for a new paradigm that will bring our mental health services into line with the healthcare standards Canadians across the country take pride in."[13]

In October 2018, Majid partnered with the Hill Times to publish a three-part series of opinion editorials on the culture and stigma surrounding mental health health on Parliament Hill. Jowhari candidly shared his personal experience, advocated for better protection for political staffers and shared advice on best practices in the workplace. [14] [15]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2015: Richmond Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Majid Jowhari 23,032 46.9 +8.28
Conservative Michael Parsa 21,275 43.3 -0.25
New Democratic Adam DeVita 3,950 8.0 -9.0
Green Gwendolyn Veenema 856 1.7 -1.96
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,113 100.0     $214,687.76
Total rejected ballots 253
Turnout 49,366 61.39 +5.43
Eligible voters 80,402
Source: Elections Canada[16][17]


  1. ^ a b Lu, Vanessa (20 October 2015). "Richmond Hill goes to Liberals in tight race". Toronto Star. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Jowhari wins federal Liberal nomination for Richmond Hill". 15 September 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Majid Jowhari becomes the first Canadian federal candidate of Iranian heritage". Salam Toronto. September 11, 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Meet Majid Jowhari". Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  5. ^ Jowhari, Majid. "Member of Parliament". House of Commons Canada. House of Commons Overview. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
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  8. ^ May, Elizabeth. "Member of Parliament". Open Parliament. House of Commons. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
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  10. ^ "Liberal MP Majid Jowhari apologizes for misstating engineering credentials". CBC News. The Canadian Press. November 14, 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
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  14. ^ Jowhari, Majid (October 3rd, 2018). "Member of Parliament". The Hill Times. Retrieved 27 November 2018. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  15. ^ Jowhari, Majid (October 17th, 2018). "Member of Parliament". The Hill Times. Retrieved 27 November 2018. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Richmond Hill, 30 September 2015
  17. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

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