Patricia Arab

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The Honourable
Patricia Arab
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Fairview-Clayton Park
Assumed office
October 8, 2013
Preceded by Riding Established
Personal details
Born November 3[1]
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Occupation Teacher/Counsellor

Patricia Arab (born November 3) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 2013 provincial election. A member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, she represents the electoral district of Fairview-Clayton Park.[2] Arab currently serves as the Minister of Internal Services and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia.[3]

Early life[edit]

Arab was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She attended Halifax West High School.

Arab graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Kings College/Dalhousie University, and went on to complete her Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Education in Counselling at Mount Saint Vincent University and Acadia University respectively.

Arab was hired by the South Shore Regional School Board shortly after completing her Masters of Education in Counselling. Arab was a Guidance Counsellor and Teacher at Forest Heights Community School, in Chester Grant, where she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Stan Kutcher, in piloting his Mental Health Curriculum, which has since been released nationally.

During her time at the South Shore Regional School Board, Arab facilitated the implementation of a preventative mental health program called PATHS (promoting alternate thinking strategies), which supported children in identifying, naming, and understanding their feelings as a tool to better handle and overcome moments of crisis in their lives. This program was piloted in three elementary schools just outside of Bridgewater.[4]

Arab has always been active in her church communities of Our Lady of Lebanon Parish and Saint Benedict’s Parish (formerly Our Lady of Perpetual Help) as well as spending numerous hours volunteering for various organizations such as the IWK, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the cultural organization, Diman Association Canada.

Political career[edit]

Arab was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, representing the riding of Fairview-Clayton Park, in 2013. She has the distinction of being one of the youngest female MLAs ever elected in the province of Nova Scotia. Arab was the Chair of the Community Services Committee, and a member of both the Law Amendments and Veterans Affairs Committees.[5]

In 2014, Arab introduced Bill 44—Victoria Hall Continuation Act— an act supporting one of the oldest charitable organizations in the province of Nova Scotia, which for over 150 years has provided shelter, care and community to elderly women. This act received Royal Assent on November 20, 2014.[6]

Arab is an active member of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (Canada Region), which works for better representation of women in politics. Created in 2005, the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (Canada Region) is composed of women parliamentarians of the provincial and territorial legislatures, as well as the federal parliament. The objectives of the organization are to provide opportunities for strategic discussion and development for future and current parliamentarians, act on gender-related issues in Canada and internationally, and increase female representation in Canadian parliaments.[7]

Arab was asked to represent Canada at the International Conference on Women in Politics, held in Amman, Jordan in May 2016. The conference was the first of its kind to be held in a Middle East North African country and united female Parliamentarians from across the world to engage in discussion about the importance of female decision-makers in today’s global society.[8]

In 2017, Arab was actively involved in supporting the Equal Voice Initiative-Daughters of the Vote, which invites one young women between the ages of 18-23 from every federal riding in Canada to represent their community and communicate their vision for Canada.[9]

Arab was re-elected in the 2017 election.[10]

On June 15, 2017 Patricia Arab was sworn in as the Minister of Internal Services and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia, making her the youngest female cabinet minister in the history of the province.[11]

In May 2018, under her responsibility, 250 confidential documents were kept freely downloadable from a public server containing non-anonymized sensitive personal data of Canadian citizens and downloaded by a 19-years-old. [12] [13]

Community involvement[edit]

In 2015, Arab was the Honorary Chairperson for the inaugural Step Up Walk for Your Neighbor, a 3 kilometer walk that aims to raise awareness for those who are most in need in Halifax. In total, the event raised $54,000.[14]

Arab was the Honorary Chairperson for the 11th Annual Lebanese Cedar Festival, an event that brings Lebanese culture to the city of Halifax, featuring authentic music, dance, and food prepared by members of the local community.[15]

Electoral record[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Patricia Arab 3369 46.63
     New Democratic Party Abad Khan 2250 31.14
     Progressive Conservative Travis Price 1294 17.91
Green Raland Kinley 176 2.44
     Independent Katie Campbell 136 1.88


  1. ^ Patricia Arab on Twitter: @CMHAHalDart it was the best way to start of my birthday! :-)
  2. ^ "Patricia Arab / Members of the Legislative Assembly / People / The Nova Scotia Legislature". Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Stephen McNeil does major reshuffling with new cabinet". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Meet Patricia - Patricia Arab". Patricia Arab. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  5. ^ "Patricia Arab / Members of the Legislative Assembly / People / The Nova Scotia Legislature". Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  6. ^ "Status of Bills / Bills, Statutes, Regulations / Proceedings / The Nova Scotia Legislature". Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  7. ^ Inc., Advanced Solutions International,. "CWP Canada Region". Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  8. ^ "WIP Global Summit in Jordan - Women Political Leaders Global Forum". Women Political Leaders Global Forum. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  9. ^ "Daughters of the Vote". Daughters of the Vote. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  10. ^ "Nova Scotia legislature now one-third women after election". The Chronicle Herald. May 31, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-03. 
  11. ^ "Stephen McNeil does major reshuffling with new cabinet". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  12. ^ "Teen charged in Nova Scotia government breach says he had 'no malicious intent'". Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  13. ^ "Minister's lips sealed on access-to-information website problem". Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  14. ^ "Step Up| Walk For Your Neighbour". Eventful. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  15. ^ "Step Up| Walk For Your Neighbour". Eventful. Retrieved 2017-05-22.