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When Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed me to the Senate of Canada in July 2010, I was put in the prestigious position of being the first Pakistani-Canadian Pashtun Senator. My appointment is truly representative of Canada's diversity.


I thank you all for the overwhelming support that I have received from communities across the Great White North. You have spurred my ongoing dedication to human rights, women's issues, youth and the inclusion of ethnic minorities in our national fabric.


I am grateful to serve Canada, a country that has done so much for me and my family. I intend to serve Canadians with whole-heartedness and commitment both inside and outside the Red Chamber.


In addition to information about me, you will find useful tidbits on this website about the Senate of Canada and the crucial role it plays in a democratic society. As noted by Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, the Senate is a place of "sober second thought" where legislation receives proper, careful consideration before becoming law.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 613-947-5906 (1-800-267-7362), send me an email at, find me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter.




Salma Ataullahjan  


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