Ruby Sahota

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Ruby Sahota

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brampton North
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRiding established
Personal details
BornJune 22[1]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Tejinder Sahota
Alma materMcMaster University
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
ProfessionBarrister and Solicitor

Ruby Singh Sahota[2] MP (born June 22) is a Canadian Liberal politician who was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal riding Brampton North during the 2015 Canadian federal election.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Sahota was born in Toronto after her parents arrived in Canada in the late 1970s,[5] and was raised in Brampton. Her father previously was the Chairman of the Ontario Sikhs and Gurdwara Council.[6]

Sahota attended the Brampton's Central Peel Secondary School from 1993 to 1998, and then graduated with an Honours bachelor's degree in Political Science and Peace Studies at McMaster University in 2003.[7] She then attended Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, graduating in 2007.

Legal career[edit]

From 2007 to 2012, Sahota practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio, focusing on commercial litigation.[8][9]

Political career[edit]

Sahota sought the Liberal nomination for the newly created riding of Brampton North, winning it on March 1, 2015.[10]

The general election campaign involved some controversy, as Sahota's campaign criticized leaflets circulated by her opponent, Conservative incumbent Parm Gill, which it was alleged were deliberately aimed at confusing Sahota with previous Liberal Party MP Ruby Dhalla.[11] Sahota defeated Gill to win the election.

Once elected, Sahota was appointed to both the Standing Committee on the Status of Women and the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. She was subsequently named to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. On February 1, 2017, she was elected Chair of the Federal Liberal Ontario Caucus by her peers. As Caucus Chair, she presides over meetings, lead discussion and act as an important link between Ontario Liberal MPs and the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to podiatrist Dr. Tejinder Sahota and has a son named Nihal.

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Brampton North
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Ruby Sahota 23,297 48.37 +20.21 $136,386.70
Conservative Parm Gill 15,888 32.99 -15.88 $194,312.26
New Democratic Martin Singh 7,946 16.50 -2.34 $78,854.84
Green Pauline Thornham 915 1.90 -1.78 $146.44
Communist Harinderpal Hundal 120 0.25
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,166 100.00   $206,076.29
Total rejected ballots 318 0.66
Turnout 48,484 66.13
Eligible voters 73,321
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +18.05
Source: Elections Canada[12][13]


  1. ^ Sahota, Ruby (June 22, 2016). "Ruby Sahota on Twitter: "Thanks for the birthday wishes & cake #TeamSahota - They are truly amazing individuals working hard for #Brampton"". Twitter. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Alumni Elected Officials | WMU Cooley Law School Westen Michigan University]
  3. ^ "Liberal Ruby Sahota wins in Brampton North". San Grewal. Toronto Star. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  4. ^ "19 Indian-Canadians elected to Canadian parliament". The Economic Times. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Debates (Hansard) No. 30 - March 10, 2016 (42-1) - House of Commons of Canada".
  6. ^ "'Captain's allegations against Canadian minister baseless'". 17 April 2017.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Benchmark | Summer 2016". issuu. July 24, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  9. ^ Ruby Sahota Biography,
  10. ^ Another Ruby wins Liberal nomination for Brampton North, Can-India News, March 5, 2015.
  11. ^ Althia Raj, Ruby Sahota, Liberal Candidate, Incensed At Tory Parm Gill's Name Game, The Huffington Post, August 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Voter Information Service - Who are the candidates in my electoral district?".
  13. ^ "Elections Canada On-line - Élection Canada en-ligne".

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