Pierre de Bané

Pierre De Bané, PC QC (August 2, 1938 – January 9, 2019) was a Canadian senator. He was the first Palestinian and the first person of Middle Eastern descent to be elected to the House of Commons of Canada in Matane and next Matapédia—Matane, and was a member of the Canadian Cabinet.[1]

Pierre De Bané

Senator for De la Vallière, Quebec
In office
June 29, 1984 – August 2, 2013
Nominated byPierre Trudeau
Appointed byJeanne Sauvé
Preceded byJean Marchand
Succeeded byRaymonde Saint-Germain
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Matane
In office
Preceded byDistrict was created in 1966
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1976
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Matapédia—Matane
In office
Preceded byDistrict was created in 1976
Succeeded byJean-Luc Joncas
Personal details
Born(1938-08-02)August 2, 1938
Haifa, British Mandate for Palestine
DiedJanuary 9, 2019(2019-01-09) (aged 80)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
CabinetMinister 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)

Early life and educationEdit

De Bané was born in Haifa, Palestine. His family then 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.[2]

Political careerEdit

He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada 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 the Minister of Supply and Services. He joined the opposition bench when the Liberals lost the 1979 election, but was reappointed to the Cabinet as the 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 the 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 was also active in public life on the issue of Palestinian refugees.

He retired from the Senate upon turning 75 on August 2, 2013, and died on January 9, 2019 at the age of 80.[3][4]


There is a Pierre de Bané fonds at Library and Archives Canada[5].


  1. ^ "Décès de l'ancien député de Matane Pierre De Bané". Radio-Canada.ca.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-27. Retrieved 2009-06-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "L'ex-député, ministre et sénateur Pierre de Bané n'est plus". Le Soleil. Jan 11, 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theglobeandmail/obituary.aspx?n=pierre-de-bane&pid=191237003&fhid=6397
  5. ^ "Pierre de Bané fonds, Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2020-06-18.

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