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‘When you have the will, there is a way’: Canadian-Lebanese Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury’s rise to federal political power

By Mike Lapointe       

The Liberal MP was first elected in the 2015 federal election, taking just over 25,800 votes and 47 per cent of the tally in the Quebec riding of Laval-Les Îles.

Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury pictured leaving the Liberal party caucus meeting in West Block in Ottawa on Dec. 11, 2019. In early 1976, Mr. El-Khoury headed to the Canadian Embassy in Beirut, which was closed. 'So I went from Beirut to Egypt and I applied in August 1976,' says Mr. El-Khoury, who was elected into office in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Founder of the interparliamentary Canada-Lebanon Friendship Group, Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury has had a remarkable rise into Canadian politics, starting from his early life growing up in the northern province of Akkar in the small town of Charbila in Lebanon, to fleeing the beginnings of brutal civil war that consumed the country for a decade-and-a-half in 1976, to ultimately being elected as the MP for the Quebec riding of Laval-Les Îles in the 2015 federal election.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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