Indira Naidoo-Harris was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Halton.
Naidoo-Harris currently serves as Minister of Education, as well as Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care. She was previously Minister of the Status of Women, Minister of Women’s Issues and prior to that Associate Minister of Education, focusing on Early Years and Child Care. Before that, she was Associate Minister of Finance, focusing on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, focusing on Long-Term Care.
Naidoo-Harris was born in Durban, South Africa. Her family immigrated to Canada to pursue the dreams they could not achieve under apartheid. They settled in central Alberta, where Naidoo-Harris grew up in a small rural town. She later earned a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Lethbridge.
After graduate work at the University of Alberta, Naidoo-Harris moved to the U.S. for two years, where she began a career in journalism by working briefly for NBC and PBS. She went on to build a career as a writer, reporter, producer and news anchor at the international, national and regional levels.
She moved to Ontario in the 1990s to work for CBC-TV’s The National and Midday News, and since then she has anchored for CBC Newsworld, CBC’s The National and CTV Newsnet, as well as for local stations CBC Toronto, CBC Ottawa, TVO and OMNI Television. She has also anchored for CBC Radio regional and national programs, including World Report and The World at Six, and hosted the current affairs shows Cross Country Check-Up and The Current. Naidoo-Harris has won numerous awards for her work and volunteerism in national and international causes.
Naidoo-Harris has lived in Halton for more than 20 years, and has sat on the Board of Directors for the Reel World Film Festival, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund of Canada and the Journalism Advisory Council at the University of Western Ontario.