Omar Alghabra

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Omar Alghabra
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Member of Parliament
for Mississauga—Erindale
In office
Preceded by Carolyn Parrish
Succeeded by Bob Dechert
Personal details
Born (1969-10-24) October 24, 1969 (age 45)
Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Political party Liberal
Residence Mississauga, Ontario
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.

Alghabra graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in engineering and in 2000 received his Master of Business Administration from York University.

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.

He was narrowly defeated by Bob Dechert in the 2008 election and the 2011 election. Alghabra is running for the Liberals in the 2015 election in the recreated riding of Mississauga Centre.


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."[1]

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."[2]

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.[3] Later in the campaign, he released a campaign video that parodied the opening sequence of Game of Thrones.[4]


In 2010, Alghabra identified key issues on his platform:[5]

  • 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:[5]

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 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.


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