|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Carolyn Parrish|
|Succeeded by||Bob Dechert|
October 24, 1969 |
Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
|Profession||Engineer, Entrepreneur, Politician|
Omar Alghabra is a Saudi Arabian born Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Mississauga—Erindale in the Canadian House of Commons from 2006 to 2008. He is the former president of the Canadian Arab Federation, and senior policy advisor to Justin Trudeau.
He was elected to the House of Commons in the 2006 election as a member of the Liberal caucus, and was an active organizer for Gerard Kennedy's leadership bid. He was the opposition critic for Citizenship and Immigration, and later for Natural Resources.
The National Post stated that Alghabra promotes himself by "humour and self-deprecation to win over voters. Rather than vilify his opponents, Alghabra is establishing himself in the public mind in a positive sense, before he can be trashed by competitors."
According to a column in The Globe and Mail, Alghabra's "combination of biographical information and self-deprecating humour stands in contrast to the aggressive attack ads currently in rotation on the federal stage."
In the 2015 election, Alghabra won national attention for his campaign's ad that parodied a Conservative attack ad against Justin Trudeau that used a job application as the premise. Later in the campaign, he released a campaign video that parodied the opening sequence of Game of Thrones.
In 2010, Alghabra identified key issues on his platform:
- Ending poverty in Mississauga; Alghabra states that one out of five children in Mississauga live in poverty
- Reduce the unemployment rate; Alghabra quotes a 2010 figure of around 10%.
- Integration of immigrants; Alghabra said he would work towards the recognition of foreign credentials.
On Canadian democracy, Alghabra stated:
I was raised in areas where they don't believe in democracy and civil rights, cultures of equality and justice, and there is no belief that a citizen has the power over their own destiny...now I have a unique appreciation for Canada and what Canada has to offer, so it is that passion about striving to protect the idea and the noble concept of democracy.
- "Two approaches to political advertising: Humour versus vilification". National Post.
- Jane Taber. "And now for something completely different in political ads: ‘blind puppies’ and ‘smart pantsery’". Globe and Mail.
- "The Gargoyle – Liberal candidate responds to Tories' "Just not ready" ad". Ottawa Citizen. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- Omar, Mohamed (2 October 2015). "Omar Alghabra, Liberal Candidate, Releases Incredibad 'Game Of Thrones' Ad". Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- Saaliha Malik (2010-02-01). "TALKING WITH OMAR ALGHABRA". The Medium.
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