Biography : Indira Naidoo-Harris

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Political Career

  • Associate Minister of Education (Early Years and Child Care), August 2016 – January 2017
  • Associate Minister of Finance (Ontario Retirement Pension Plan), June 2016 – August 2016
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, focusing on Long-Term Care, June 2014 – June 2016

Education

  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Lethbridge
  • Graduate work, University of Alberta

Personal and Family Life

  • Married (Randy) with children

Memberships and Associations

  • Board of Directors, Reel World Film Festival
  • Board of Directors, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund of Canada
  • Board of Directors, Journalism Advisory Council, University of Western Ontario

Honours and Awards

  • Numerous awards for work and volunteerism in national and international causes

Executive Biography

Indira Naidoo-Harris was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Halton.

Naidoo-Harris currently serves as Minister of the Status of Women and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care. She was previously Associate Minister of Education, focusing on Early Years and Child Care. Before that, she was Associate Minister of Finance, focusing on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, focusing on Long-Term Care.

Naidoo-Harris was born in Durban, South Africa. Her family immigrated to Canada to pursue the dreams they could not achieve under apartheid. They settled in central Alberta, where Naidoo-Harris grew up in a small rural town. She later earned a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Lethbridge.

After graduate work at the University of Alberta, Naidoo-Harris moved to the U.S. for two years, where she began a career in journalism by working briefly for NBC and PBS. She went on to build a career as a writer, reporter, producer and news anchor at the international, national and regional levels.

She moved to Ontario in the 1990s to work for CBC-TV’s The National and Midday News, and since then she has anchored for CBC Newsworld, CBC’s The National and CTV Newsnet, as well as for local stations CBC Toronto, CBC Ottawa, TVO and OMNI Television. She has also anchored for CBC Radio regional and national programs, including World Report and The World at Six, and hosted the current affairs shows Cross Country Check-Up and The Current. Naidoo-Harris has won numerous awards for her work and volunteerism in national and international causes.

Naidoo-Harris has lived in Halton for more than 20 years, and has sat on the Board of Directors for the Reel World Film Festival, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund of Canada and the Journalism Advisory Council at the University of Western Ontario.

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