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3rd International Humanism Conference on Social Justice

Gary Anandasangaree.

Hon. Member of Parliament of Canada for Scarborough – Rouge Park

Gary serves as the Member of Parliament of Canada for the Scarborough – Rouge Park constituency and also as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. He was first elected in 2015, and was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (Multiculturalism). He was re-elected in 2019, and was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. He was re-elected for a third term in 2021.


In 1983, Mr. Anandasangaree arrived in Canada as a refugee with his mother. Subsequently throughout his adult life, he has advocated for the rights of refugees in Canada. This experience also ignited his passion for human rights and social justice. Mr. Anandasangaree is now an internationally recognized human rights lawyer, who has regularly represented Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada at the United Nations Human Rights Council.


Mr. Anandasangaree attended Osgoode Hall Law School, and was officially called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006. He then went on to manage his own law firm in Scarborough. To honor his dedicated work in law, Mr. Anandasangaree received the “One-to-Watch” Alumni Gold Key Award from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Young Practitioner Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto.


Even before his formal entry into politics, Mr. Anandasangaree was an engaged community leader and activist. He frequently advocated on behalf of the members of his community, especially the youth, as he often intervened when students were wrongfully suspended or expelled from school. Through his work with various organizations dedicated to supporting Canadian communities, Mr. Anandasangaree has demonstrated his effective leadership. He has served as the Chair of the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre, President of the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Youth Challenge Fund, Member of the Toronto Police Chief’s Advisory Council, and Member of the United Way Newcomers Grant Program. In honor of his devotion to community service and local advocacy, Mr. Anandasangaree was awarded both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

On Parliament Hill, Mr. Anandasangaree continues his tireless advocacy for education and social justice. As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, he works to achieve criminal justice reform, and address the over-incarceration of Indigenous, Black, and Racialized Canadians in prison systems.