Herb Dhaliwal

Harbance Singh (Herb) Dhaliwal, PC (born December 12, 1952) is a Canadian politician and businessman.

Herb Dhaliwal

Member of Parliament
for Vancouver South
In office
Preceded byJohn Allen Fraser
Succeeded byRiding dissolved
Member of Parliament
for Vancouver South—Burnaby
In office
Preceded byFirst member
Succeeded byRiding dissolved
Minister of National Revenue
In office
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
In office
Minister of Natural Resources
In office
Personal details
Born (1952-12-12) December 12, 1952
Punjab, India
Political partyLiberal

He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1993 election as the Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Vancouver South.

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien recommended Dhaliwal's appointment to Cabinet (the first Indian-Canadian to become a federal cabinet minister) in 1997 as Minister of Revenue. In 1999, he became Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and in 2002 he was appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Minister with political responsibility for British Columbia.

Dhaliwal was a firm supporter of Chrétien against Paul Martin's attempt to force the Liberal leader to retire. As a result, Martin's campaign team targeted Dhaliwal and successfully took over his riding association. Dhaliwal publicly denounced Martin's campaign team for this and criticized them for restricting access to Liberal Party membership forms. Allegations were made by Warren Kinsella, among others, that Martin's team exploited the fact that Dhaliwal's wife was suffering from cancer, although Dhaliwal was not with his wife, but rather travelling out of the country on the date of his riding's annual general meeting, which he lost.

When Chrétien announced his resignation, Dhaliwal briefly considered running in the 2003 Liberal leadership campaign, but decided against it. Several months later, he endorsed Martin for leader and said he would be willing to serve in a Martin cabinet. But, on December 3, 2003, he announced that he would not be running for re-election.


After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, he started a maintenance company out of his basement. He's a top level executive of Dynamic Facility Services Ltd.. He became a self-made millionaire with diversified business interests including transportation, maintenance and real estate development.

Dhaliwal is chairman of National Green Biomed Ltd., a medical marijuana producer that donated $1 million in 2015 for health research into medical cannabis at the University of British Columbia,[1] and also spoke about decriminalization of cannabis by the Justin Trudeau federal government.[2]

Personal life

Born in India at Chiheru, Punjab in 1952, Dhaliwal's family emigrated to Vancouver when he was six. He attended John Oliver Secondary School, graduating in 1972.

Herb's first marriage was to Amrit Dhaliwal, who died in 2004 after suffering from cancer. Herb has three children from his first marriage, Andrea, Justin and Jessica.

Election results

2000 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalHerb Dhaliwal17,70542.69+0.04$58,673
AllianceRon Jack15,38437.09+7.38$28,116
New DemocraticHerschel Hardin3,8489.27-9.86$13,583
Progressive ConservativeDan Tidball2,6496.38+0.44$2,621
GreenImtiaz Popat6461.55-0.07$594
IndependentMichelle Jasmine Chang4651.12
Canadian ActionAdam Sealey4301.03
IndependentDerrick O'Keefe1580.38$317
Marxist–LeninistCharles Boylan1010.24-0.11$600
Natural LawPrince Pabbies810.19-0.38
Total valid votes 41,467100.0  
Total rejected ballots 2880.69
Turnout 41,75558.38
Liberal hold Swing -3.67
Change for the Canadian Alliance is compared to the Reform Party.
1997 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes%Expenditures
LiberalHerb Dhaliwal16,64842.65$54,591
ReformDoug Hargrove11,59829.71$23,380
New DemocraticHerschel Hardin7,46719.13$35,574
Progressive ConservativeDon Couch2,3215.94$18,037
GreenCyndi Thompson6331.62
Natural LawCarolyn Grayson2240.57
Marxist–LeninistAllan Bezanson1380.35
Total valid votes 39,029100.0  
Total rejected ballots 2810.71
Turnout 39,31064.22
This riding was created from parts of Vancouver South and New Westminster—Burnaby, which elected a Liberal and a Reform candidate, respectively, in the previous election. Herb Dhaliwal was the incumbent from Vancouver South.
1993 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes%±%
LiberalHerb Dhaliwal17,21535.62+6.83
ReformGordon Shreeve12,29125.43+23.34
Progressive ConservativeK. K. Wan11,35723.50-18.73
New DemocraticJohn Maté3,6257.50-16.26
NationalCameron Ward2,1134.37
LibertarianJohn Clarke5541.15-0.74
GreenValerie Jerome4180.86+0.21
Natural LawPrince Pabbies2850.59
IndependentJas Mangat2780.58
IndependentDan Logan690.14
IndependentRobert Walter Ross600.12
Marxist–LeninistAllan H. Bezanson470.10
IndependentIssam Mansour200.04
Total valid votes 48,332100.0  
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -8.26


  1. News Release. "Medical cannabis company donates $1 million to explore plant's healing potential". UBC. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  2. Proctor, Jason (October 20, 2015). "Pot industry sees high times on horizon with Trudeau victory". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
John Allen Fraser
Member of Parliament for Vancouver South (called Vancouver South—Burnaby 1996–2003)
Succeeded by
Ujjal Dosanjh
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