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The Honourable
 Fabian Manning
 Canadian Senator, Former MP, Former MHA

Assumed office 
January 2, 2009

In office
April 3, 2006 – 2008
Preceded by John Efford
Succeeded by Scott Andrews

In office
1999 – December 2005
Preceded by Anthony Sparrow
Succeeded by Felix Collins

In office
1993 – 1996
Succeeded by riding dissolved

Born May 21, 1964 (1964-05-21) (age 45)
St. Bride's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Political party Conservative
Other political
Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Sandra (Dohey) Manning
Residence St. Bride's, Newfoundland & Labrador
Profession Business Manager

Fabian Manning (born May 21, 1964) is a politician in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He was elected as the Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament for the riding of Avalon in 2006 but lost his seat in 2008. He works as a business manager and development consultant.[1] On January 2, 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Manning to the Canadian Senate. [2]

Early political career

Born in St. Bride's, he served three terms on that town's council. He was also a lead figure for the Cape Shore Regional Development Association before being elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly in 1993 as a Progressive Conservative. He first represented the riding of St. Mary's-The Capes, in 1996 he was defeated in the redistributed riding of Placentia and St. Mary’s, but was elected in 1999.[3]

In May 2005, he was voted out of the provincial Progressive Conservative caucus when he publicly attacked the government's crab management policies. He sat as an Independent Progressive Conservative Member for the rest of his term. When he was a member of the opposition, Fabian Manning served as the critic for the Ministers of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation; Employment and Labour; Government Services and Lands; Human Resources and Employment; and Youth Services and post secondary education. He was the Parliamentary Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition, a member of the Progressive Conservative Caucus Strategy Committee, and a member of the Public Accounts Committee.[4]

Member of Parliament

In December 2005, Manning resigned his seat on the Legislature to pursue a seat in the Canadian House of Commons.[5] Avalon had previously been represented by John Efford, a Liberal cabinet minister, who had been elected by a wide margin in 2004.[6] Without the powerful incumbent, however, Manning was able to take the seat for the federal Conservatives in the 2006 federal election with 51.55% of the vote.[3]

Fabian Manning spoke in favour of the federal government's 2007 budget, saying, "Our government has kept its commitment to honor and respect the Atlantic Accord." The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Premier Danny Williams in particular have opposed the budget which contains revisions to a previously agreed upon equalization formula.[7] In late August 2007, he criticized the Liberal environmental plan as making the Hebron offshore oil megaproject "dead on arrival." The Hebron offshore oil project is expected by the Newfoundland and Labrador government to bring in $16 billion in royalties over a 25 year production period.[8]

As part of Stephen Harper's Conservative caucus, he was a member of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, Chair of Atlantic Caucus and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.[9]

Manning ran for re-election in Avalon in the October 2008 election and was handily defeated by Liberal Scott Andrews.

Appointed to Senate by Harper

In a controversial move, Prime Minister Harper appointed Fabian Manning to the Senate on January 2, 2009.[10].

In December 2009 it came to light that Senator Manning spent over $112,000 in travel and office expenses in the first three months of the year, the most of any new Senator appointed by Stephen Harper. [11]

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