Arab Canadians


Arab Canadians

The large majority of the Canadian population of Arab origin live in either Ontario or Quebec. In 2001, Ontario was home to 43% of the overall Arab community in Canada, while another 39% lived in Quebec. At the same time, 8% lived in Alberta, 4% lived in British Columbia and 3% resided in Nova Scotia. That year, almost 150,000 people of Arab descent lived in Ontario and 136,000 lived in Quebec, while 28,000 resided in Alberta, 15,000 made British Columbia their home and 9,400 resided in Nova Scotia. Iraqi Canadians make up one of the largest Arab communities in Canada, with a total of approximately 35,000 [BBC News: Iraqi exiles to vote in 14 States] , mostly living in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The other common know Arabs living in Canada are Lebanese.

Notable individuals

Politicians

*Pierre De Bané - Former Liberal MP (1968–1984) and Cabinet Minister (of Palestinian decent)
*Fonse Faour - Former NDP MP and leader of Newfoundland NDP
*Mac Harb- Senator, Former Liberal MP (1988–2004) and Former Ottawa City Councilor (of Lebanese decent)
*Omar Alghabra - Current Liberal MP (2006–) in the federal riding of Mississauga—Erindale in Ontario, Canada (of Syrian decent)
*Lorraine Michael - former Nun, leader of New Democratic Party of Newfoundland and Labrador (of Lebanese decent)
*Maria Mourani - Current Bloc Québécois MP (2006–) in federal riding of Ahuntsic in Quebec, Canada (of Lebanese decent)
*Joe Ghiz - former Premier of Prince Edward Island (of Syrian & Lebanese decent)

Political Activists

*Maher Arar - human rights activist; deportation and tortured victim in Syrian jail
*Monia Mazigh - human rights activist and New Democratic Party candidate

Filmmakers

*Donald Shebib - documentary filmmaker

Entertainers

*Paul Anka - Singer of Lebanese Christian Decent

ingers

*Andy Kim - pop singer/songwriter
*Massari a Lebanese origin pop and hip-hop singer

External links

*National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR). Website: [http://www.nccar.ca www.nccar.ca]
*Canadian Arab Federation (CAF). Website: [http://www.caf.ca www.caf.ca]
* [http://www.arabforum.ca The Ottawa Arab Forum]


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