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Roman Baber is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election.[1] He represents the riding of York Centre as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

Roman Baber

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Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for York Centre
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byMonte Kwinter
Personal details
Soviet Union
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceToronto, Ontario
OccupationCivil and commercial litigation lawyer



Baber was born and raised in the Soviet Union until 1989 and then lived in Israel until age fifteen. He came to Canada with his family in 1995 and settled in North York. Baber went to high school at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute and got a B.A. from York University and then went on to Western to earn a law degree.[2]

Baber is the past President of the YorkU Conservative Club from his York days.[3]

Legal careerEdit

Baber was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006 and then went onto join a Bay Street law firm before opening up his own firm, Taylor, Baber and Mergui which he remained a partner at until his election.[4]

Community WorkEdit

Baber is a member of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, a global order of knighthood in the Philippines and around the world.[2] He was knighted by the group and was referred to as "Sir" by them until December 2018 when he was promoted to a new rank and is now referred to as "Commander".[5][6]

Prior to Baber holding public office, he rallied, worked with elected officials and organized town halls to try to stop the closure of Branson Hospital in York Centre.[7] The hospital was closed by the government on June 1, 2017, a year before Baber was elected.[8]

In August 2018, Baber spoke vocally and held several meetings with elected and non-elected officials to condemn the protest organized by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Palestinian Service Workers Union which took place outside of B'nai Brith Canada's office on August 29, 2018 and ensure that everyone at the protest would be kept safe.[9][10][11][12]

Political careerEdit

Baber defeated the former federal finance minister Joe Oliver for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario nomination in York Centre for the 2018 Ontario election. Oliver lost to Baber by a margin of 711 to 465, respectively on January 15, 2017.[13]

On June 7, Baber defeated his nearest challenger by a two-one margin and claimed over 50% of the vote. The riding had been held by former Liberal MPP Monte Kwinter since 1985.[14]

Baber serves on the Standing committee for Government Agencies in addition to serving on the Justice Policy committee. Because of Baber's background as a lawyer, he was also appointed as a member of the Select Committee on Financial Transparency.[15]

In November 2018, Baber became a special adviser to the PC caucus and Minister Lisa MacLeod on immigration issues across Ontario. In this role, he chairs the committee which reviews immigration processes across Ontario.[16]

Baber is a member of the Select Committee on Financial Transparency, and has questioned witnesses such as Glenn Thibeault, Kathleen Wynne and Andrew Teliszewsky.[17][18]

Electoral recordEdit

Ontario general election, 2018: York Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Roman Baber 18,434 50.15 +19.13
New Democratic Andrea Vásquez Jiménez 8,617 23.44 +7.70
Liberal Ramon Estaris 7,865 21.39 -25.83
Green Roma Lyon 843 2.29 -0.98
None of the Above Cherie Ann Day 467 1.27
Libertarian Benjamin Kamminga 398 1.08
Ontario Moderate Party Alexander Leonov 137 0.37
Total valid votes 36,761 100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +22.48
Source: Elections Ontario[19]


  1. ^ Sunshine, Fannie (June 7, 2018). "PCs' Roman Baber wins York Centre, says voters want 'Ontario back on track'". Toronto Star.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Roman Baber". Roman Baber for York Centre. 2016-10-24. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  3. ^ "Roman Baber on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  4. ^ "Taylor, Baber & Mergui". Retrieved 2018-10-31.
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  9. ^ "Roman Baber on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  10. ^ "Michael Mostyn on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  11. ^ "Roman Baber on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  12. ^ "MPP York Centre: "I am disturbed and concerned for the rally proposed for August 29, 2018." - The Post Millennial". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  13. ^ Staff, CJN (2017-01-16). "Joe Oliver loses Ontario PC bid to Roman Baber, Russian Jew". Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  14. ^ "PCs' Roman Baber wins York Centre, says voters want 'Ontario back on track' | The Star". Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  15. ^ "Roman Baber | Legislative Assembly of Ontario". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
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  19. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 11. Retrieved 20 January 2019.

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