(PM Trudeau with Governor General Mary Simon and Attorney General Arif Virani)
“More than 13,200 Canadians died by assisted suicide in 2022 — 30% more than previous year.”
by Brad Salzberg
January 2, 2024
The history of Canada is filled with stories of lengthy journeys taken by immigrants who chose to emigrate to our shores in search of a better life.
While Liberal Cabinet Member Arif Virani’s story is typical of many, his ultimate destination as Attorney General of the current Trudeau government exists as an aberration. Fair to say that not many refugees from Uganda end up occupying the lofty position assigned to the MP by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Arif Virani’s roots are found in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, although he was born in Kampala, Uganda. Virani is an Ismaili Muslim who came to Canada as a refugee from Uganda. Virani spent his childhood growing up in the Flemingdon Park and Willowdale neighbourhoods in Ontario.
“Virani began his legal career by articling for Fasken Martineau DuMoulin in 1999. Following this, he worked in London, United Kingdom for a year with the support of a Harold G. Fox scholarship.”
“In 2003, he went on to work as a lawyer for the constitutional law branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. During his time with the Ontario constitutional law branch, he appeared in two cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.”
Fast-forward twenty years, and Mr. Virani is today Canada’s ultimate power player in terms of Canada’s contentious Euthanasia laws. The issue is mired in controversy as the Liberal’s prepare to pass legislation to expand assisted dying to our mentally ill populations.
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