Gary Anandasangaree is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer and community activist who has advocated tirelessly for education and social justice.
Mr. Anandasangaree attended Osgoode Hall Law School, was called to the bar in 2006, and went on to manage his own firm in Scarborough. He has been a passionate advocate for human rights issues, regularly representing Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada at the United Nations Human Rights Council. He has also served as a strong advocate for local youth, intervening in cases of wrongful student expulsion and suspension.
As the Member of Parliament for Scarborough–Rouge Park, Mr. Anandasangaree is a member of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs of the House of Commons. He was also a member and Vice-Chair of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.
Mr. Anandasangaree has demonstrated leadership at a number of organizations aimed at supporting communities locally and nationwide. As an active and engaged member of his community, Mr. Anandasangaree has served as Chair of the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre, President of the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Youth Challenge Fund, member of the Toronto Police Chief’s Advisory Council, and member of the United Way Newcomers Grant Program.
In honour of his devotion to community service and local advocacy, Mr. Anandasangaree has received both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. Mr. Anandasangaree has also received the Osgoode Hall Law School “One-to-Watch” Alumni Gold Key Award and the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto’s Young Practitioner Award.
Mr. Anandasangaree came to Canada with his mother as a refugee in 1983, and has advocated for the rights of refugees throughout his adult life. He is married to Harini Sivalingam and together they have two daughters, Bairavi and Sahanah.
He is currently Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (Multiculturalism).