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The CTC welcomes new leaders of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet

January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016 – The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) extends a warm welcome to the new executive members of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, elected yesterday in Ottawa during the group’s inaugural meeting of Canada’s 42nd parliament.

The new PFT executive members are: Chair - MP Arif Virani (LIB, Parkdale-High Park, ON); Vice Chairs - James Maloney (LIB, Etobicoke-Lakeshore, ON); Garnett Genuis (CPC, Sherwood Park – Fort Saskatchewan, SK); and Randall Garrison (NDP, Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, BC). [1]

“Canadian parliamentarians represent the people of Canada and, as such, they are important advocates for the Tibetan cause”, said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee. “Canadians have been consistent in their support for human rights in Tibet and they want the Government of Canada to contribute towards a peaceful resolution of the Sino-Tibet conflict.”  

The Parliamentary Friends of Tibet was formed in 1989 as an all-party group of MPs and Senators concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet. Among its many achievements over the past 27 years, the PFT hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s first visit to Ottawa in 1990 and a conference of international parliamentarians for Tibet in 2012.

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[1] Bios -

ARIF VIRANI: Virani came to Canada as a Ugandan-Asian refugee in 1972 and settled in Montreal.  He studied political science at McGill University and law at the University of Toronto where he now lives with his family. Before election to Canada’s 42nd Parliament, Virani worked as Counsel in the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. He was a founder of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, an analyst with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa, and an Investigator at la Commission des droits de la personne et de la jeunesse in Montreal. Virani now serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship and is a member of Canadian Groups of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Francophonie, and Commonwealth.

JAMES MALONEY: A successful civil trial lawyer and partner at Hughes Amys LLP, James Maloney has lived and worked in Etobicoke for nearly forty years. Maloney is the former President of the Toronto Lawyers Club and served on the Board of Directors for the local Franklin Horner Community Centre and the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Maloney earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop’s University in Quebec, and his Law degrees from the University of Windsor and the University of Wales in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is the proud recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.  Maloney is a member of the Canadian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

GARNETT GENUIS:  Following his studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Genuis worked as an assistant to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and an advisor on the staff of Minister Rona Ambrose. Genuis later obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, which led him into the private sector as the Vice President of a national research firm. In 2014, Genuis sought and secured the Conservative nomination for Sherwood Park – Fort Saskatchewan, winning his seat in Canada’s October 2015 federal election. Genuis is the CPC deputy critic for religious freedom.

RANDALL GARRISON: Born in the United States, Garrison moved to Canada in 1973, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.  He later taught criminal justice and Pacific Rim studies at Camosun College in Victoria and served as executive director of the South Pacific People's Foundation of Canada. Garrison has participated as an election observer during the East Timorese independence referendum in 1999, peace-building between religious groups in Indonesia, and an investigation of human rights issues in Afghanistan.  Garrison is NDP critic for LBGT issues and a member of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

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