Marwan Tabbara

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Marwan Tabbara

Marwan Tabbara.jpeg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kitchener South—Hespeler
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byDistrict Created
Personal details
Born (1984-08-23) August 23, 1984 (age 35)[1]
Beirut, Lebanon
NationalityCanadian
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceKitchener, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Guelph

Marwan Rached Tabbara MP is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Kitchener South—Hespeler in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[2]

Early life[edit]

Marwan Tabbara was born in Beirut, Lebanon on August 23, 1984. Four years later, his family immigrated to Canada to flee the ongoing Lebanese Civil War.[3]

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Guelph[citation needed], Tabbara took several construction jobs in the summer before working at the Frito Lay plant in Cambridge, where he worked as a line technician. He also worked as a field supervisor for a management company doing quality control work within the automotive industry.[3]

Controversy[edit]

For the 2015 federal election, during a Kitchener South—Hespeler debate, Tabbara mentioned that Jean Chretien refused to send troops into Afghanistan when he was prime minister even though Canada began sending troops to Afghanistan in 2001 during Chretien's tenure.[4] Tabbara's statement was challenged by Conservative candidate Marian Gagne to which he replied "So is bombing Syrian children OK?"[4] Tabbara apologized for the inaccurate and inflammatory statements he made on the Middle East during the debate.[4]

Electoral record[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: Kitchener South—Hespeler
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marwan Tabbara 20,986 40.2
Conservative Alan Keeso 17,480 33.5
New Democratic Wasai Rahimi 6,945 13.3
Green David Weber 5,671 10.9
People's Joseph Todd 1,005 1.9
Veterans Coalition Matthew Correia 90 0.2
Marxist–Leninist Elaine Baetz 56 0.1
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,233 100.0
Total rejected ballots 395
Turnout 52,628 66.0
Eligible voters 79,757
Source: Elections Canada[5][6]
2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marwan Tabbara 20,215 42.3 +23.38 $68,757.73
Conservative Marian Gagné 17,544 36.7 -14.49 $96,904.47
New Democratic Lorne Bruce 7,440 15.6 -10.16
Green David Weber 1,767 3.7 -0.3 $2,785.51
Libertarian Nathan Lajeunesse 772 1.6 $2,129.83
Marxist–Leninist Elaine Baetz 91 0.2
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,829 100.0   $205,534.07
Total rejected ballots 259 0.5
Turnout 48,088 66.4
Eligible voters 72,359
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +18.93%
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5968152-liberals-win-region-s-newest-riding-kitchener-south-hespeler/
  2. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/canada-election-2015-kitchener-south-hespeler-1.3278551
  3. ^ a b Vivian, Richard. "Liberals choose Marwan Tabbara as Kitchener South-Hespeler candidate". Cambridge Times. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Liberal candidate apologizes for statements on Middle East during debate | CTV News Kitchener". kitchener.ctvnews.ca. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  5. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Kitchener South—Hespeler, 30 September 2015
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine

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