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Bhutila Karpoche

MPP, Parkdale–High Park

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Bhutila Karpoche is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale—High Park. In June 2018, Bhutila made history by becoming the first person of Tibetan heritage to be elected to public office in North America.

Bhutila is active on issues around social justice and public health. She is a longtime advocate of affordable housing, workers’ rights, and public healthcare.

An epidemiologist by training, Bhutila is a public health researcher focusing on the social determinants of health. Most recently, she co-authored the report “A public health crisis in the making: The health impacts of precarious work on racialized refugee and immigrant women."

Bhutila holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto and is a PhD candidate in public health policy at Ryerson University, where she received the RBC Immigrant, Diversity, and Inclusion Project Award.

Bhutila has presented at many academic conferences and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2019, she was voted Toronto's Best Local Politician by Toronto Star readers and Toronto's Best MPP by NOW Magazine readers.

Bhutila with her family

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August 12, 2019

Ford’s cuts to legal aid will continue to hurt vulnerable people

QUEEN’S PARK — Bhutila Karpoche, NDP MPP for Parkdale—High Park, released the following statement in response to the federal government’s announcement regarding legal aid: More
June 12, 2019

NDP MPPs call on Ford to reverse legal aid cuts as details of devastating impact emerge

QUEEN’S PARK — Sara Singh, Ontario NDP Attorney General critic, and Bhutila Karpoche, NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park, said news today of where Doug Ford’s cuts to Legal Aid Ontario will fall show j... More
May 31, 2019

Ford rips support away from young people struggling to quit smoking

QUEEN’S PARK — Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, released the following statement in response to news that the Ford government has cut funding to a program that... More