The Honourable Senator Thanh Hai Ngo was appointed to the Upper Chamber on September 6, 2012, by the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston on the advice of the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Senator Ngo is a member of the Conservative Party caucus and is the first person of Vietnamese origin to sit in the Senate of Canada.
Senator Ngo immigrated to Canada in 1975, following the fall of Saigon and the rise of the Vietnamese Communist government. Since then, he has been an advocate for freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and a champion in the fight against Communist oppression. During his distinguished career, Senator Ngo served as a citizenship judge and Chairperson of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees. He has also worked as a diplomat and teacher.
Senator Thanh Hai Ngo was born January 3, 1947, in Vietnam. He now lives in Ottawa, Ontario.