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Rima Berns‑McGown

MPP, Beaches–East York

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Rima Berns-McGown is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches-East York. She is a member of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly and the Official Opposition Critic for Poverty and Homelessness. 

Before getting elected, she was a lecturer at the University of Toronto at Mississauga where she taught diaspora studies and served as Research Director of The Mosaic Institute. She holds a PhD from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, an MA from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of John Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. Most recently, she also completed the Directors Education Program with the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Rima and her partner David have lived in Beaches–East York for 25 years, where they raised their four kids. You can sometimes catch them walking their dogs Elliot and Kuma along the boardwalk. She advocates for systemic change that creates meaningful inclusion, accountable institutions and the elimination of all systemic oppression.

The latest on the issues

November 4, 2019

Ford government must take action to eradicate poverty and GTA’s growing hunger issue

QUEEN’S PARK — The NDP critic for Poverty and Homelessness, Rima Berns-McGown, made the following statement in response to the Daily Bread Food Bank’s report about food bank usage being on the rise... More
October 30, 2019

VIDEO: We're back! Rima on the Government's Education Cuts

I'm proud to be back at Queen's Park representing Beaches-East York. I've heard from many of you over these last five months and during my first member's statement in this new session, I made it cl... More
June 6, 2019

VIDEO: Rima's Last Statement of the Session: Government's Cuts

I made my last statement today in Queen's Park before the House rose for the summer. I talked about all the concerns I've heard from you over what has been a very difficult year under the current G... More