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Mac Harb

Assumed office 
September 9, 2003
Appointed by Jean Chrétien

Born November 10, 1953 (1953-11-10) (age 56)
Political party Liberal

Mac Harb (Arabic: ماك حرب‎; born November 10, 1953) is a Canadian Senator and former Member of the House of Commons.

Life and career

Harb was born in Chaat, Lebanon and immigrated to Canada to study at the University of Ottawa. He subsequently worked as an engineer at Northern Telecom and a professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Harb was elected to Ottawa City Council in 1985 and served as deputy mayor in 1987 and 1988.

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1988 federal election as the Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Ottawa Centre. He supported Jean Chrétien's bid to succeed John Turner as leader of the Liberal Party in 1990, and remained a Chrétien loyalist throughout his career as an MP. Harb endorsed Dalton McGuinty's bid to lead the Liberal Party of Ontario in 1996 (Canada NewsWire, 19 August 1996).

In September 2003, Harb was appointed to the Canadian Senate on Chrétien's recommendation.

In March 2009, Harb attempted to introduce a bill that would have limited the East Coast seal hunt only to those with aboriginal treaty rights. In a highly unusual turn of events, no other Senator would second Harb's proposed legislation, so the bill could not receive even first reading. Other senators could not recall the last time a bill failed to be seconded.[1]


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Preceded by
Rolf Hasenack
City councillor from Dalhousie Ward
Succeeded by
Michael Janigan
Preceded by
Michael Cassidy, New Democratic Party
Members of Parliament from Ottawa Centre
Succeeded by
Ed Broadbent, New Democratic Party


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