Roman Baber served as a Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of York Centre from June 2018 to May 2022. He served as Chair of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy from September 2019 until February 2021.
Roman was removed by Doug Ford from the Ontario government caucus after calling out the collateral harm of lockdowns in January 2021. Since then, Roman has been a staunch advocate in favour of a balanced Covid response and in particular against mandates and lockdowns, due to their toll on the health and mental health of Canadians.
In 2022, Roman sought the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. He made it onto the ballot by gaining the requisite signatures and raising the necessary $350,000 in administrative fees. Ultimately Roman finished in a respectable, fourth place. Although he did not become leader, there is no question that Roman’s candidacy helped shape the direction of the 2022 CPC Leadership Race and ultimately the Conservative Party of Canada.
Roman was born and lived in the former Soviet Union until he was almost 9. He then lived in Israel until he immigrated to Canada with his family at age 15 and settled directly in the heart of York Centre. Roman currently resides in Bathurst Manor, in the centre-east part of York Centre.
Roman obtained a BA from York University and graduated from law school at the University of Western Ontario. During his last year of law school, Roman was a supervisor at the school’s legal aid funded clinic. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006 and practiced civil and commercial litigation until his election in 2018. He resumed the practice of law in 2023. Roman is also an occasional lecturer at an after-school program, engaging high school students on constitutional and criminal law topics.