As the Member of Parliament for Burlington, Karina has been a strong advocate in the House on issues such as; youth employment, women’s issues, pension enhancement, the environment, and the future of manufacturing. In 2016, she worked closely with the Burlington community to coordinate efforts to welcome privately sponsored and government assisted refugees from Syria who now call Burlington home. Karina continues to ensure that active community engagement and constituent representation are her top priorities.
Karina was sworn in as Minister of Democratic Institutions on January 10th, 2017. As Minister, Karina will work to strengthen the openness and fairness of Canada’s public institutions. To learn more about her role, please visit: www.democraticinstitutions.gc.ca
From December 2nd, 2015 to January 9th, 2017, Karina served as the Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, the Minister for International Development and La Francophonie. She held additional parliamentary duties which included handling routine matters in the House of Commons, engaging in committee work, supporting the Minister in maintaining contact with Senators and other Members of the House of Commons, and being called upon to answer policy questions from the Opposition during Question Period.
Karina is a community activist with deep roots in her hometown of Burlington. Her passion for public service began at a young age. After attending M.M. Robinson High School in Burlington, she spent a year in Mexico volunteering at an orphanage. As an undergraduate student at McGill University, Karina served as president of the Arts Undergraduate Society and organized a $20,000 fundraising campaign for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Following graduation, Karina began her career as a consultant in the Migration and Development Program at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. Karina went on to pursue a master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Oxford. Upon completion, she moved back to her hometown of Burlington and worked as a Trade and Investment Specialist for the Mexican Trade Commission.
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