Educated in business and law, Anthony Housefather is a corporate lawyer and long time politician.
Housefather graduated from McGill University with two law degrees and earned his MBA at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Before his election to the House of Commons he was the Executive VP, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel at Dialogic Corporation, a multinational technology company.
Aside from his work as a corporate lawyer, Housefather has been politically active in municipal government for 25 years. He was first elected as a municipal councillor in 1994 and has been the Mayor of Côte-Saint-Luc since 2005. He is also active on the board of the Association of Suburban Municipalities and is a Member of the Montreal Agglomeration Council. After the megacity of Montreal was created in 2001, Housefather was a member of the Hampstead Demerger Committee and worked towards the successful de-merger referendum in 2004.
Housefather has been active in the Liberal Party for many years as a member of the Mount Royal Liberal Association and one time VP of the Liberal Party of Canada.
In 2000 he was President of Alliance Quebec, an organization created to promote the interests of English speaking Quebecers.
In terms of personal interests, Housefather is a competitive swimmer and a member of the local drama society. He also volunteers with community organizations that serve Anglo and Jewish members of the community.