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Beverley Joan "Bev" Oda, PC, MP (born July 27, 1944) is a Canadian teacher, television broadcaster and politician. She was the first Japanese-Canadian member of the House of Commons of Canada.

Early life, education

Oda was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was the daughter of Japanese Canadian parents. She was a Sansei, which means that she was the granddaughter of people born in Japan who immigrated to Canada.

Oda earned a degree from the University of Toronto.


Oda was the first Japanese-Canadian to be appointed a Cabinet Minister. She was a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.

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