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Herb Dhaliwal
Dhaliwal in 2004
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 (age 70)
Village Chaheru, Distt. Kapurthala, Punjab, India
Political partyLiberal

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

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. 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. However, 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 is 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] He spoke about decriminalization of cannabis by the Justin Trudeau federal government.[2]

Personal life

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

Dhaliwal is married to one Amrit Kaur. He has two daughters and a son.

Election results

2000 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Herb Dhaliwal 17,705 42.69 +0.04 $58,673
Alliance Ron Jack 15,384 37.09 +7.38 $28,116
New Democratic Herschel Hardin 3,848 9.27 -9.86 $13,583
Progressive Conservative Dan Tidball 2,649 6.38 +0.44 $2,621
Green Imtiaz Popat 646 1.55 -0.07 $594
Independent Michelle Jasmine Chang 465 1.12
Canadian Action Adam Sealey 430 1.03
Independent Derrick O'Keefe 158 0.38 $317
Marxist–Leninist Charles Boylan 101 0.24 -0.11 $600
Natural Law Prince Pabbies 81 0.19 -0.38
Total valid votes 41,467 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 288 0.69
Turnout 41,755 58.38
Liberal hold Swing -3.67
Change for the Canadian Alliance is compared to the Reform Party.
1997 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Herb Dhaliwal 16,648 42.65 $54,591
Reform Doug Hargrove 11,598 29.71 $23,380
New Democratic Herschel Hardin 7,467 19.13 $35,574
Progressive Conservative Don Couch 2,321 5.94 $18,037
Green Cyndi Thompson 633 1.62
Natural Law Carolyn Grayson 224 0.57
Marxist–Leninist Allan Bezanson 138 0.35
Total valid votes 39,029 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 281 0.71
Turnout 39,310 64.22
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 % ±%
Liberal Herb Dhaliwal 17,215 35.62 +6.83
Reform Gordon Shreeve 12,291 25.43 +23.34
Progressive Conservative K. K. Wan 11,357 23.50 -18.73
New Democratic John Maté 3,625 7.50 -16.26
National Cameron Ward 2,113 4.37
Libertarian John Clarke 554 1.15 -0.74
Green Valerie Jerome 418 0.86 +0.21
Natural Law Prince Pabbies 285 0.59
Independent Jas Mangat 278 0.58
Independent Dan Logan 69 0.14
Independent Robert Walter Ross 60 0.12
Marxist–Leninist Allan H. Bezanson 47 0.10
Independent Issam Mansour 20 0.04
Total valid votes 48,332 100.0  
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -8.26


  1. ^ News Release (8 June 2015). "Medical cannabis company donates $1 million to explore plant's healing potential". UBC. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  2. ^ Proctor, Jason (20 October 2015). "Pot industry sees high times on horizon with Trudeau victory". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
Parliament of Canada Preceded byJohn Allen Fraser1972–1993 Member of Parliament for Vancouver South (called Vancouver South—Burnaby 1996–2003) 1993–2004 Succeeded byUjjal Dosanjh2004–2011