Rahim Jaffer is a 30 year-old entrepreneur in the Old Strathcona district of Edmonton. His family came
to Canada to escape persecution in Uganda. The government of Idi Amin confiscated their business and
their home and sent them as penniless refugees to a new country. His family's experience has given
Rahim a unique perspective on Canada. He sees how lucky we all are to live in one of the world's freest
and richest nations.
Rahim gambled on a coffee bar and has made it into the success it is today. He is co- owner of a highly
successful Timothy's franchise in the heart of Old Strathcona.
Rahim is active in his community and has been a member of the Old Strathcona Foundation and the Edmonton
Chamber of Commerce. He has lived in Edmonton for 25 years, is fluently bilingual and has served as a
legislative assistant in Ottawa. He also has a bachelor degree of
Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.
On June 2, 1997, Rahim was first elected to the House of Commons as the federal representative for
Edmonton-Strathcona. He was re-elected on November 27, 2000 and is currently serving as the senior
critic of National Revenue as well as deputy critic of Foreign Affairs. Earlier critic posts have
included Industry, the Environment, Foreign Affairs Critic for Asia-Pacific, and the Chair of the Small
Business Task Force. He has also been the Deputy Leader of the party for a short time. Additionally,
Rahim works in Quebec to promote the Canadian Alliance message for national unity.
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