Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The "Red Wave" that rolled across Canada on election night included two Faculty of Law alumni, and voters re-elected Conservative and NDP alumni.  

Julie Dabrusin

Julie Dabrusin, MP

On their way to Ottawa are: Julie Dabrusin, LLB 1997, of Toronto-Danforth, the ‘underdog’ Liberal candidate who pulled a surprise win, and Parkdale-High Park’s Arif Virani, LLB 1998, who took the riding back for the Liberals.

Dabrusin won over NDP incumbent Craig Scott, who took over from Jack Layton in 2012 in a by-election.

And Virani toppled high-profile New Democrat MP Peggy Nash, the party’s finance and industry critic, and one-time leadership hopeful.

Returning to Ottawa is alumnus Tony Clement, LLB 1986, Conservative MP since 2006 for Parry Sound-Muskoka, and president of the Treasury Board of Canada in the Conservative government.

Arif Virani

Arif Virani, MP

Also returning to Ottawa is Murray Rankin, LLB 1975, New Democrat MP for Victoria.


Dabrusin is fully bilingual and practiced as a litigator for 13 years at Rogers Partners LLP before leaving her firm to volunteer and parent full-time at home.

She was a commission counsel to the Toronto External Contracts Inquiry, which investigated government procurement of services and goods. She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service in 2013.


Tony Clement

Tony Clement, MP

Virani immigrated to Canada from Uganda in 1972, after he and his family were forced to seek refuge from the brutal dictatorshipof Idi Amin.

He was the valedictorian for his graduating class at the Faculty of Law, founder of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, and in 2008 received the Wilson-Prichard Award from the law school. He was most recently counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario.


Clement was returned to the House of Commons in 2008, and 2011. He began his political career as an Ontario MPP, serving 1995-2003 and representing Brampton South, later Brampton West-Mississauga.

Murray Rankin

Murray Rankin, MP

He served as minister for several portfolios, including transportation, environment and health. Prior to his political career, Clement was counsel to a national law firm.


Rankin was first elected in 2012, and was the NDP's health critic. Previously, he was the party's critic for pensions, and national revenue, and headed up the CPP expansion campaign for the NDP.

He's a leading Canadian lawyer in environmental and public issues, and has taught at the University of Victoria law school.