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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 University of British Columbia and 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.

Bhutila with her family

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November 21, 2018

NDP tables bill for 30-day max waits for youth mental health

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Bhutila Karpoche, Member for Parkdale—High Park and Official Opposition critic for Mental Health and Addictions, is tabling a bill this week that would cap the wait time for chil... More
October 25, 2018

Doug Ford refuses to listen to Opioid Task Force

Ford’s government hasn’t contacted expert panel in four months NDP MPP Bhutila Karpoche said Doug Ford is continuing to ignore the experts as Ontario’s opioid crisis worsens – so much so, that the ... More
October 22, 2018

OPS didn’t need to be paused to pick new name: NDP

NDP Mental Health and Addictions critic Bhutila Karpoche said Monday that while it’s a relief that Doug Ford has been convinced to allow Overdose Prevention Sites to operate, putting an arbitrary c... More