Marwan Tabbara is the first Member of Parliament for the recently created riding of Kitchener South – Hespeler. He is a first-generation Canadian and proud resident of Kitchener South – Hespeler for over 30 years. Marwan was first elected in October of 2015 and re-elected in October of 2019. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School before attending Fanshawe College’s Electrical Engineering Program and worked as an electrical apprentice. Subsequently, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University.
MP Tabbara has over 14 years of experience working in the manufacturing, construction and skilled trades industries, industries that are the backbone of the riding. As such, he has been a strong advocate for the economic development of the area and played a pivotal role in securing federal funding for a number of projects, including: $96 million for the Highway 401 expansion $110 million to Toyota, creating 450 new jobs $14 million for the expansion of Conestoga College $7 million to help Conestoga College implement a national pre-welding apprenticeship program $60,000 for upgrades to the Hespeler Arena
Throughout his time as the Member of Parliament for Kitchener South-Hespeler, Mr. Tabbara was a member of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, as well as the Subcommittee on International Human Rights. In his position on the Citizenship and Immigration Committee, he helped the committee adopt several recommendations concerning family reunification, the Global Skills Strategy, economic migrant streams and settlement services. While serving on the Subcommittee on International Human Rights, MP Tabbara was an outspoken advocate on issues of human rights abuses, with a focus on South Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Latin America.
MP Tabbara has been the Chair of the Canada Palestine Friendship Group since 2017 and has worked with many organizations, institutions and academics to help establish peace, stability and raise awareness of the many strains still faced by Palestinians today. In 2018, MP Tabbara led a delegation of 17 MPs from all political parties to Palestine to see first hand the barriers and obstacles to peace that the region continues to face after 70 plus years.