Pierre de Bané

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The Honourable
Pierre De Bané
Senator for De la Vallière, Quebec
In office
June 29, 1984 – August 2, 2013
Appointed by Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by Jean Marchand
Succeeded by Raymonde Saint-Germain
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Matane
In office
Preceded by District was created in 1966
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1976
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Matapédia—Matane
In office
Preceded by District was created in 1976
Succeeded by Jean-Luc Joncas
Personal details
Born (1938-08-02) August 2, 1938 (age 79)
Haifa, British Mandate for Palestine
Political party Liberal
Cabinet Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (1982–1984)
Minister of Regional Economic Expansion (1980–1982)
Minister of Supply and Services (1978–1979)
Minister of State (External Relations) (1982)

Pierre De Bané, PC, QC, LL.L, BA, DOC.SC.ADM. (Hon) (born August 2, 1938) is a retired Canadian senator. He was the first person of Arab descent to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons in Matane and next Matapédia—Matane, and is a former member of the Canadian Cabinet.

Early life and education[edit]

De Bané was born in Haifa, Palestine. The family immigrated to Canada in 1947 to escape the looming war, and settled in Quebec. De Bané studied at Trois-Rivières Seminary, Collège St-Alexandre, University of Quebec and from law at Laval University.[1]

Political career[edit]

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1968 general election, and served as a Member of Parliament for sixteen years.

In 1978, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed De Bané to the Canadian Cabinet as Minister of Supply and Services. He joined the opposition bench when the Liberals lost the 1979 election, but was reappointed to Cabinet as Minister of Regional Economic Expansion when the Liberals returned to power in 1980 election.

In 1982, De Bané became Minister of State for External Relations and, eight months later, he became Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. De Bané was named to the Senate by Trudeau days before he retired as Prime Minister.

De Bané was active on numerous Senate committees, particularly those dealing with fisheries, foreign affairs, and legal affairs and has also been active in public life on the issue of Palestinian refugees.

He retired from the Senate upon turning 75 on August 2, 2013.


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