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Don’t buy into the ‘narrative’ Bonnie Crombie will win the Liberal leadership race, campaign of rival Yasir Naqvi says

November 22, 2023, The Toronto Star
Naqvi’s campaign director is urging his team not to buy into the idea that Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie is poised for victory… Read More

Ontario Liberals head to the polls

November 21, 2023, TVO #OnPoli Podcast
Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the upcoming Ontario Liberal leadership election… Listen Here

It’s time for Ontario Liberals to make history — the case for Yasir Naqvi

November 20, 2023, The Trillium
It’s time to break that barrier. It’s time to elect a leader who represents all of Ontario… Read More

Reviving the Ontario Liberal party

November 17, 2023, The Toronto Star
The months-long leadership race has attracted new members, new donations and stirred life in dormant riding associations across the province… Read More

Why this long-time Liberal is endorsing Yasir Naqvi

November 15, 2023, TVO
Deb Matthews says she never intended to endorse anyone in the current Liberal leadership contest… Read More

Liberal MPs Yasir Naqvi, Nate Erskine-Smith join forces in Ontario Liberal leadership race with aim to beat front-runner Bonnie Crombie

November 13, 2023, The Hill Times
The Ontario Liberal Party race went nuclear last week… Read More

Ontario Liberal leadership hopeful Yasir Naqvi explains strategy to take down front-runner Bonnie Crombie

November 10, 2023, CHCH
On today’s episode of Newsmakers, host Louie Butko was joined by Liberal leadership candidate Yasir Naqvi. He was asked about teaming up with fellow candidate Nathaniel Erskine-Smith… Watch


Two candidates urge voters to rank the other as second choice for Liberal leader

November 9, 2023, The Canadian Press
Ontario Liberal leadership hopefuls Nate Erskine-Smith and Yasir Naqvi are teaming up by asking their supporters to rank one another as second choice on the ranked ballot… Read More



Ontario Liberals Erskine-Smith, Naqvi team up to take down leadership front-runner Bonnie Crombie

November 9, 2023, The Globe and Mail
Ontario Liberal leadership hopefuls Nate Erskine-Smith and Yasir Naqvi are teaming up by asking their supporters to rank one another as second choice on the ranked ballot… Read More

2 Ontario Liberal leadership candidates team up to try to block Bonnie Crombie victory

November 9, 2023, CBC News
MPs Yasir Naqvi and Nate Erskine-Smith announced agreement Thursday… Read More

Two candidates urge voters to rank the other as second choice for Ont. Liberal leader

November 9, 2023, CP24
Two contenders for the Ontario Liberal leadership are banding together to urge their supporters to put the other as a second choice… Read More

Ontario Liberal leadership candidates square off over donations, transit in penultimate debate

November 9, 2023, iPolitics
Less than a month before Ontario Liberals select the party’s next leader, the four remaining candidates sparred over a wide range of issues during the race’s penultimate debate in Ottawa on Wednesday night… Read More

Liberal leadership hopeful Yasir Naqvi knows Doug Ford is ready to attack. Here’s why he’s not worried

October 25, 2023, Toronto Star
Bring it on. That’s Liberal leadership candidate Yasir Naqvi’s message to Premier Doug Ford if the Progressive Conservatives try to tar him with the record of the previous Grit government… Read More

Ranking the Ontario Liberal leadership candidates: Who’s No. 1?

October 25, 2023, Toronto Star
With barely a month to go before party members cast their ballots, time is starting to run out for the four candidates for the Ontario Liberal party leadership… Read More

More than 30 MPs — including 23 Liberals — call for ceasefire in Israel-Hamas war

October 20, 2023, CBC News
More than 30 MPs — 23 of them Liberals — have written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on him to advocate for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.… Read More

Biggest question in the Ontario Liberal race: Who has best shot at beating Doug Ford?

October 17, 2023, CBC News
The 80,000 members of the Ontario Liberal Party will soon choose their new leader, and the fundamental question they'll be facing is which candidate has the best shot at defeating Premier Doug Ford in the next election.… Read More

Canadian officials turn up volume on calls for humanitarian access to Gaza

October 15, 2023, CBC News
Canadian officials are making increasingly urgent calls for Israel to allow humanitarian access to the Gaza strip — or end the fighting altogether… Read More

The 2023 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Elections

October 9, 2023, The Medium
On September 14 and October 1, the first and second 2023 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Election debates were held in Thunder Bay and Stratford… Read More

‘Farmbelt’ and Doug Ford highlight second Liberal leadership debate

October 1, 2023, CityNews
The future of the Ontario Liberal Party and how to beat Premier Doug Ford were among the high-priority items discussed at the second leadership debate in Stratford, Ont., on Sunday.… Read More

Greenbelt dominates Ontario Liberal leadership debate

October 1, 2023, Toronto Star
Ontario needs a protected “Farmbelt” — like the Greenbelt in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area — to preserve agricultural lands and feed a growing population, a Liberal leadership candidate says… Read More

Jeffrey: Only Yasir Naqvi has the ethics and integrity to beat Ford

September 27, 2023, Toronto Sun
Naqvi genuinely cares about Ontario’s future and has a record of making a difference… Read More

Plenty of pints and pitches at the Carleton Young Liberals’ OLP all-candidates’ event

September 25, 2023, The Hill Times
All five of the Ontario Liberal leadership hopefuls joined a pack of plucky young politicos to pitch their vision for the party's future… Read More

Ontario Liberal leadership candidates at Toronto debate take aim at Premier Doug Ford

September 20, 2023, TB Newswatch
'My mission is to defeat Doug Ford in 2026,' says Ottawa Liberal MP Yasir Naqvi… Read More

Liberal leadership candidates: Naqvi seeking return to Queen's Park

September 17, 2023, TB Newswatch
The five candidates vying to be the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party squared off in a debate in Thunder Bay last week. TBnewswatch spoke to all five of the leadership hopefuls, asking them the same series of questions… Read More

Ontario Liberal leadership debate kicks off with warning to avoid ‘Doug Ford lite’

September 14, 2023, The Globe and Mail
The five candidates vying for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership squared off for the first time on Thursday, taking aim at the Progressive Conservative government… Read More

Ontario Liberals say over 80,000 members eligible to vote in leadership race

September 12, 2023, CityNews
The Ontario Liberals say the party has 80,000 members eligible to vote in the upcoming leadership race, the highest number in its history… Read More

MP Yasir Naqvi unveils climate platform for OLP leadership election

September 11, 2023, The Fulcrum
Ottawa Centre MP and Ontario Liberal Party leadership candidate Yasir Naqvi spoke with the Fulcrum about his recently released climate platform… Read More

Liberal politician Yasir Naqvi says he is ready to be Premier of Ontario

August 29, 2023, The Patriotic Vanguard
Yes, I really do hear the whispers — “he’s too Muslim,” “he’s not Muslim enough,” “Ontario just isn’t ready for a Muslim Premier.”… Read More

Liberal leadership candidate Yasir Naqvi makes a Sudbury stop

August 25, 2023,
‘In order for me to be a good leader and an effective leader, I will work with Northern Ontarians. I will make sure that they are the ones telling us what needs to happen in terms of growing our party in Northern Ontario.’… Read More

Yasir Naqvi is a man of many hats

August 23, 2023, newsBeyond POLICORNER
He's an Ottawan. A centrist. A federal politician. A provincial politician — twice unbeaten, once defeated. A former top prosecutor. An erstwhile cabinet minister. A past Grit president. An international trade lawyer. A volunteer. A single father. An immigrant who settled in Niagara during his boyhood...Read More

Liberal leadership candidate promises to better connect Northern Ontario

August 23, 2023, Sudbury Star 
As he travels the region, Yasir Naqvi is getting a first-hand taste of the tricky highways and iffy cell connections that make living and travelling here a challenge, and he wants to change that. ‘People living in the North deserve the same quality of service as anyone else.’… Read More

Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate Yasir Naqvi: Northern Tour

August 23, 2023, CTV News North 
Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Yasir Naqvi is touring northern Ontario. He talks with Tony Ryma from Elliot Lake… Watch the Interview

Naqvi leadership campaign comes north

August 23, 2023, Kap-Hearth Now 
Yasir Naqvi met with party faithful in Kapuskasing and Timmins. He told My Kap-Hearst Now Dot Com that the three largest problems in the North are health care — especially the lack of doctors and nurses — affordable housing; and growing our resource extraction and processing capability to meet the demand for critical minerals for electric car batteries… Read More

Naqvi identifies plan for Ontario's north

August 22, 2023, Sault Star 
Yasir Naqvi is promising a better Northern Ontario… Read More

Could this Liberal-leadership candidate do what Doug Ford won’t on housing?

August 17, 2023, TVO
MP Yasir Naqvi unveiled his housing platform Thursday. One of its promises? To implement the recommendations of the Ford government’s Housing Affordability Task Force...Read More

August 13, 2023
Op-Ed, published in the Toronto Sun
Like one-third of Ontarians, I am an immigrant. At 15, my parents uprooted me and my two siblings from our life in Pakistan, where my father had been jailed for participating in a pro-democracy rally. My mom and dad came to Ontario because they wanted to live in a place where the rule of law applied to everyone, where success for us kids would be based on work ethic, not by how connected we were to the corridors of power... Read More

Liberal candidate calls for OPP investigation

August 10, 2023, CTV News Ottawa 
Ontario Liberal Leadership candidate Yasir Naqvi is calling for a police investigation into the Ford government’s Greenbelt plan… Watch the Interview

Liberal leadership candidate Yasir Naqvi brings 'listening tour' to Pembroke

August 9, 2023, Pembroke Observer 
Ottawa Centre MP Yasir Naqvi, a candidate in the Ontario Liberal Party leadership race, visited Pembroke on Aug. 8 as part of his cross-province “listening tour.”… ‘I’m running to become the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and as a result I’m travelling the entire province and I wanted to be here in Renfrew County as well to learn about the creative solutions, like the VTAC program, that’s happening and meet with local Liberals in places like Pembroke and Eganville to talk about my vision for our party and the province and get them engaged in the leadership process.’… Read More

Liberal leadership hopeful stops in Thunder Bay

August 3, 2023, NWO Newswatch 
Yasir Naqvi, who announced his candidacy for the Ontario Liberal's top job in June, was in Thunder Bay Wednesday promoting his northern strategy following stops in Dryden, Kenora and Fort Frances. ‘Now that I'm an official candidate, I want to make sure to spend some time here in Northwestern Ontario, meeting directly with people who live in the community to understand issues that are important to them so that we can work together in terms of building solutions that will work for Northern Ontario.’… Read More

‘Is Ontario ready for a Muslim premier?’ Liberal leadership hopeful says yes, even though racism remains ‘a sad reality’

August 1, 2023, Toronto Star
Yasir Naqvi is confronting the potential for racial or religious prejudice in the contest to become the Ontario Liberal Party’s next leader... Read More

Yasir Naqvi: Yes, Ontario is ready for its first Muslim premier

August 1, 2023
Op-Ed, published in the Toronto Star
Is Ontario ready for a Muslim immigrant premier? It’s a question asked many ways since I joined the race to lead the Ontario Liberal Party. “Can he really win a general election?” “Will he represent ‘regular’ Ontarians, too?” “What about that sharia law stuff?” These backroom whispers and dog whistles remain a sad reality in Ontario politics... Read More 

Yasir Naqvi officially launches bid to be next Ontario Liberal party leader

August 1, 2023, Kitchissippi Times 
Ottawa Centre MP Yasir Naqvi is eyeing a return to Queen’s Park as he officially enters his bid to be the next Ontario Liberal party leader. The former Attorney General of Ontario, Naqvi said he’s looking to transform the Ontario Liberal Party and attract voters from all sides… Read More

Yasir Naqvi Champions ‘Yes’ for Ontario’s Medical Workforce

July 14, 2023, Peterborough Today
Getting more doctors and nurses to Ontario and allowing them to enter the system easier is a main focus of Yasir Naqvi. The current MP for Ottawa Centre is running to become the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. Naqvi says we need to start with “Yes” to streamline and simplify the licensing process… Read More

Liberal leadership hopeful guest of honour at Bradford Eid Milan party

July 9, 2023, Bradford Today 
'For me it’s all about meeting people where they are and listening to their issues. That will help to transform the Ontario Liberal Party,' said Yasir Naqvi… Read More

Randall Denley: The Ontario PCs might soon face a Liberal leader to actually worry about

June 8, 2023, National Post 
Yasir Naqvi is a centrist, politically experienced, and an immigrant in a province that is becoming increasingly diverse… Read More

#onpoli podcast: Yasir Naqvi is in for the OLP leadership

June 6, 2023, TVO 
Yasir Naqvi, MP for Ottawa Centre, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership. He's among a few heavy hitters now who are vying for the top job… Listen to the Podcast

Naqvi makes Timmins his first stop on Ontario Liberal leadership 'listening tour'

June 5, 2023, Timmins Daily Press 
A day after announcing he had joined the race to become the next leader of Ontario’s Liberal party, Yasir Naqvi was in Timmins to launch what he called a “listening tour.” ‘I am meeting with local members of the community, residents, business owners, members of the Liberal party, to learn about the struggles’ they may be encountering under the current Ontario Progressive Conservative government ‘and to come up with particular ideas so that we can restore the province of Ontario.’… Read More

A Bid for Leadership and a Return to Queen’s Park?

June 5, 2023, The Agenda, TVO 
Yasir Naqvi has had some of the bigger jobs in cabinet: Attorney General, Minister of Community and Social Services, Minister of Labour…Now, he's decided to enter the Ontario Liberal leadership race… Watch the Interview

Yasir Naqvi enters race for Ontario Liberal Leadership

June 4, 2023, CP24 
Ottawa Centre MP Yasir Naqvi officially joined the race to become the next Leader of Ontario’s Liberal Party… Watch the Interview

One-on-One with Yasir Naqvi

June 3, 2023, CTV News Ottawa
"I have experience, both as the former President of the Party, but also as a Cabinet Minister. I know how decisions are made and I've been engaged in making those important decisions so that we can Restore the Promise of Ontario for hard-working Ontarians who are struggling under Doug Ford, who's failing them... Watch the Interview

Ottawa Centre MP Yasir Naqvi enters Ontario Liberal leadership race

June 3, 2023, The Canadian Press
Yasir Naqvi has joined the race to become the next leader of Ontario’s Liberal party. The Ottawa Centre MP and former provincial cabinet minister announced his run Saturday, saying he wanted to vie for the job because he feels “the promise of Ontario is slipping away” amid education and health care cuts made by the Progressive Conservatives. He also singled out soaring housing and grocery costs as issues plaguing the province and its residents... Read More

Yasir Naqvi enters Ontario Liberal leadership race

June 3, 2023, CTV News Ottawa 
Yasir Naqvi has entered the race for the Ontario Liberal leadership. The Ottawa Centre Liberal MP formally launched his leadership campaign at St. Anthony's Banquet Hall in Ottawa Saturday morning. He also says he will make a stop in Belleville before an event in Mississauga Saturday evening... Read More

MP Yasir Naqvi officially joins Ontario Liberal leadership race: 'My mission is to defeat Doug Ford'

June 2, 2023, Toronto Star 
Yasir Naqvi is finally making it official — he’s a candidate for the Ontario Liberal leadership... Read More 

Ottawa MP Yasir Naqvi enters Ontario Liberal leadership race

June 2, 2023, CBC Ottawa 
Ottawa Centre MP Yasir Naqvi has officially entered the race to lead the Ontario Liberal Party... Read More 

‘Challenge the status quo’: Former cabinet minister Yasir Naqvi to seek Ontario Liberal leadership

Ottawa's Yasir Naqvi expected to officially enter Ontario Liberal leadership race this weekend

June 2, 2023, CityNews Ottawa

Yasir Naqvi is expected to announce his bid to lead the Ontario Liberal Party at a special event in Ottawa this weekend...he is issuing a call to arms to rebuild the Liberal party in order to ‘defeat Doug Ford in 2026’... Read More