Irfan Sabir (born December 19, 1977) is a Canadian lawyer and politician who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 2015 and 2019 Alberta general elections to represent the electoral district of Calgary-McCall. He is a member of the Alberta New Democratic Party. In the 29th Alberta Legislature his party formed a majority government and he was a member of the Executive Council of Alberta as the Minister of Community and Social Services between 2015 and 2019. In the 30th Alberta Legislature, beginning in 2019, his party formed the official opposition to a United Conservative Party majority government.
Sabir in May 2015
|Alberta Minister of Community and Social Services|
May 24, 2015 – April 30, 2019
|Preceded by||Heather Klimchuk|
|Succeeded by||Rajan Sawhney|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-McCall|
|Assumed office |
May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Darshan Kang|
|Born||December 19, 1977|
Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
|Political party||Alberta New Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Calgary|
|Portfolio||Minister of Human Services|
Sabir was raised in Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, where he obtained an economics degree. He moved to Calgary in 2004, and obtained degrees in social work and law at the University of Calgary. In 2012, he began working at Maurice Law Barristers and Solicitors, where he specialized in Aboriginal law. In the past, he has also worked for a Calgary homeless shelter and volunteered for Calgary Legal Guidance and Red Cross Canada.
2015 general electionEdit
|2015 Alberta general election: Calgary-McCall|
|New Democratic||Irfan Sabir||3,812||29.95||+27.80|
|Progressive Conservative||Jagdeep Sahota||2,317||18.20||-11.09|
|Total valid votes||12,730||98.50|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||194||1.50|
|New Democratic gain from Liberal||Swing||+23.51|
2019 general electionEdit
|2019 Alberta general election: Calgary-McCall|
|New Democratic||Irfan Sabir||6,567||51.7%||+21.75%|
|United Conservative||Jasraj Hallan||4,851||38.2%||-6.45%|
|Alberta Party||Avinash Khangura||636||5.0%|
|Liberal||Faiza Ali Abdi||281||2.2%||-15.27%|
|Alberta Advantage||Larry Smith||60||0.5%||--|
|Total valid votes||12,697|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||111||34||2|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||+14.10|
- "Alberta Election 2015 Calgary McCall: The candidates, the issues" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Calgary Sun, April 24, 2015.
- "Calgary-McCall: Pakistani-born lawyer looks to bring jobs to riding". Calgary Herald, May 6, 2015.
- "Rachel Notley sworn in as Alberta premier, reveals cabinet". CBC News, May 24, 2015.
- James Wood, "Calgary MLA Irfan Sabir is new Human Services Minister". Calgary Herald, May 24, 2015.
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