Dipika is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville.
Dipika’s interest in politics began as a result of her career as a television news reporter. As a reporter she built a strong reputation for reporting on political and social issues. In addition to working in journalism, she has a strong background in business.
She has an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. Before being elected as the MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville, she worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade. In this role, she focused on bringing jobs to Ontario during one of the worst recessions to hit the province.
Dipika is currently the Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Long-Term Care and Wellness). She has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Games, the Minister of Community and Social Services, and the Minister of Infrastructure.
Her extensive community involvement includes Carassauga, and hosting a classical music show on CIUT 89.5 FM community radio.
As a long time resident of Mississauga, Dipika leads a typical suburban life balancing spending quality time with her daughter as she juggles work and staying in touch with her constituents. She loves to travel. One of the highlights has been driving past the Arctic Circle and travelling to Tuktoyatuk in the Northwest Territories. The majesty and vastness of the arctic has left her with a profound love and respect for the North. She looks forward to going back many times to savour its beauty and culture.
Dipika is guided by the ideal that in life “it is not enough to be good, you have to do good.”