Dean Allison, MP Bob Dechert, MP Irene Mathyssen, MP James Rajotte, MP
Mauril Bélanger, MP Dr. Hedy Fry, MP John McCallum, MP Judy Sgro, MP
Leon Benoit, MP Laurie Hawn, MP Jamie Nicholls, MP Devinder Shory, MP
Garry Breitkreuz, MP Dave Van Kesteren, MP François Pilon, MP Brad Trost, MP


Dean Allison, MP

Dean Allison was elected as the first MP for the new riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook on June 28, 2004, and was re-elected with resounding majorities in the 2006 and 2008 general elections. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Economics, Dean established himself in the Hamilton and Niagara area through accumulating businesses and working for a major franchise organization. He served his community as President of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, as President of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and board member of Junior Achievement in Niagara.

Allison is also a founding member of the Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation in Canada and the Belarus Children of Chernobyl program that brings children affected by the Chernobyl disaster to Canada. Presently, Dean serves as Chair of both the House of Commons Liaison Committee, and Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. In 2010, he was appointed to the Conservative Caucus Advisory Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Dean has also served as the Chair for the Human Resources Skills Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities as well as having been Vice Chair of the Ontario Conservative Caucus and been on the executive of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Commonwealth Association. Dean is a strong advocate for his constituents and works tirelessly on their behalf. Through his efforts hundreds of individuals and numerous businesses have seen a positive result. He is well respected throughout the communities of Niagara West-Glanbrook and can often be found at many of the various events and meetings throughout the riding.


Bob Dechert, MP

Bob Dechert was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. From March 2010, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. In May 2011, Mr. Dechert was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Bob Dechert
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice
Mississauga – Erindale (Ontario)

Bob Dechert was elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. He was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada in September 2013. Previously, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in May 2011 and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada in March 2010. Mr. Dechert has served as a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Finance Committee, the Ethics Committee and the Special Committee on Afghanistan. Mr. Dechert is a former senior partner with the law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, and a former president of the Empire Club of Canada.

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Irene Mathyssen, MP

Irene Mathyssen is a Canadian politician and a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. She was previously a New Democratic Party Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) in Ontario from 1990 to 1995, and briefly served as a minister in the government of Premier Bob Rae.

She was elected to represent Middlesex in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 1990 provincial election, defeating incumbent Liberal Doug Reycraft by 520 votes (out of 38,382 cast). She served as government Whip from 1990 to 1991, and was a parliamentary assistant from 1991 to 1994. She was named a Minister without Portfolio, responsible for Culture, Tourism and Recreation, on October 21, 1994, near the end of the Rae government’s term in office.

The NDP was defeated by the Progressive Conservative Party in the 1995 provincial election, and Mathyssen was personally defeated in Middlesex, finishing third behind Reycroft and Progressive Conservative Bruce Smith. She then returned to her teaching career.

She ran in the London—Fanshawe riding in the 1999 provincial election and placed third, behind PC candidate Frank Mazzilli and Liberal Peter Mancini. Mathyssen ran provincially in London—Fanshawe for a second time in the 2003 provincial election, and this time finished a strong second, losing to Liberal Khalil Ramal by fewer than 2,000 votes.

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James Rajotte, MP

James Rajotte was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Southwest, and was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Leduc in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

He served as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance during the 40th Parliament (2008-2011) and was re-elected to this role in 2011. The Committee conducts annual pre-budget consultations, reviews the Bank of Canada’s Reports on Monetary Policy, and studies finance-related legislation such as Budget Implementation Bills.

Since 2008, the Committee has conducted studies on the Retirement Income Security of Canadians; Credit Card Interchange Fees and the Debit Payment System in Canada; Measures to Enhance Credit Availability and the Stability of the Canadian Financial System; Tax Evasion and Offshore Bank Accounts; the Current Debt Crisis and Economic Turmoil in the United States and Europe, and its Potential Impact on Canada; and Tax Incentives for Charitable Donations.

In the 39th Parliament, he served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. This Committee conducted studies and produced reports on the Challenges Facing the Manufacturing Sector; Counterfeiting and Piracy of Intellectual Property; the Impact of the Strong Canadian Dollar on the Economy; and the State of Science and Technology in Canada.

Mr. Rajotte introduced a Private Member’s Bill (C-299) on Identity Theft (pretexting), a bill which was unanimously approved by the House of Commons during the 39th Parliament. In the 40th Parliament he introduced a Private Member’s Motion (M-574) on Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, which was unanimously adopted by the House of Commons in December 2010. In March 2012, his Private Member’s Motion (M-269), a motion to help improve Financial Literacy in Canada was also adopted by the House of Commons.

He has served on many inter-parliamentary groups; presently, he is Vice-Chair of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group and a member of the Executive Committee of the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-parliamentary Association. He is a past Chair of the Canada-Ireland Inter-parliamentary Group.

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Mauril Bélanger, MP

Mauril Bélanger was born and raised in the town of Mattawa, in mid-north Ontario. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa. Mauril and his wife Catherine are proud grandparents.

Prior to entering politics, Mauril held various positions in the public and private sectors. In the early 1980s, he was an assistant to the late Right Honourable Jean-Luc Pepin; afterwards, he worked as a stockbroker and, in the early 1990s, was Chief of Staff for the Chair of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, Mr. Peter Clark.

First elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier in a by-election in February 1995, Mauril has been re-elected at every election since.

He was appointed to Cabinet by the Right Honourable Paul Martin in December 2003. During this tenure, he was Deputy House Leader and Chief Government Whip. After the 2004 election, he was reappointed to Cabinet where he held numerous responsibilities.

As an MP, he has been a member, Vice Chair and Chair of several committees. He co-founded and currently co-chairs the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association. In addition, he is Vice Chair of the National Policy and Platform Committee. In May 2012, the Liberal Leader named him “Liberal Advocate fo Co-operatives”.

Mauril has always been a strong advocate of Canada’s linguistic duality, national unity and a just and fair society for all.

In 2005, he was decorated as Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Pléiade, an order of La Francophonie that recognises contributions made to international friendship and cooperation. In April 2007, Hungarian President László Sólyom made him an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in recognition of his work in support of Hungarian-Canadian relations. In April 2009, the Royal Canadian Legion recognized Mauril’s contribution to the development of goodwill and comradeship.

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Dr. Hedy Fry, MP

Honourable Hedy Fry was first elected to Parliament for Vancouver Centre in 1993 becoming the first rookie to defeat a sitting Prime Minister. She has been re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Hedy Fry was born in Trinidad and Tobago where she graduated as class Valedictorian, winning a full scholarship for a Masters degree in English Literature at Oxford, England. She had done her undergraduate in French, English and Spanish literature, though her passion turned to medicine and she relinquished the scholarship to study medicine in Dublin, Ireland. Accepted into the program, she had one year to fulfill the academic requirements, which meant an intensive immersion in science from high school level to the equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in a single academic year. She completed her degree in Medicine with Honours at the Royal College of Surgeons.

She immigrated to Canada in 1970. She practiced family medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in the West End of Vancouver for two decades and was a local, provincial and national leader in medical politics. She served as president of the Vancouver Medical Association (VMA), BC Medical Association (BCMA), and the Federation of Medical Women, during which time she was hailed as a powerful and successful negotiator. She hammered out a deal with then-premier Bill Vander Zalm that ended with a groundbreaking agreement that included Canada’s first retirement plan for doctors. Further, Dr. Fry led the CMA to recognize self-governance of aboriginals as crucial determinants of Aboriginal health. She was a spokesman for the CMA on issues of health, health financing and reforms, frequently speaking to US audiences about Medicare. Prior to being elected to Parliament, Dr. Fry was well-known to Canadian audiences as a panellist on the long-running national CBC television program Doctor, Doctor.

Dr. Fry began in 1993 as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. She spent 6 years from 1996-2002 in Cabinet serving as Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Minister for the Status of Women. She was on a number of Cabinet Committees regarding health, social policy, volunteerism, homelessness and same-sex benefits. She was also the Minister responsible for the Vancouver agreement.

As a Minister, Dr. Fry represented the Canadian government as Head of delegation at many high-profile, multilateral Conventions of the United Nations, Francophonie, Commonwealth, Organization of American States and Council of Europe, most notably Canada’s 4th Report to the UN Commission on Human Rights, UN’s Beijing Plus 2000 and the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in Durban. There, Canada played the key role in expunging the Teheran document of all anti-Semitic language and hate speech against Israel. In preparation for the WCAR, Dr. Fry initiated the first UN Youth Against Racism Secretariat, culminating in a youth NGO convention at Durban. Recently, she was appointed the Special Representative on Gender Issues of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly (PA).

In 2006, Dr. Fry ran for the Leadership of the Liberal Party as the first immigrant woman to do so with her “True Grit” campaign. Dr. Fry served as Opposition Critic for Sports and the 2010 Olympics, and for Canadian heritage. Currently, Dr. Fry serves as BC Federal Liberal Caucus Chair and the Federal Liberal Health Critic.

She lives in Vancouver and has three sons. She continues working hard at key priorities of representing her constituents and fighting for issues such as helmet laws, animal cruelty, environmental health and a multiplicity of others.

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John McCallum, MP

John McCallum was elected to the House of Commons in November 2000. He currently serves as the Liberal Critic Treasury Board, Public Works & Government Services, Government Operations and Housing. He is also currently serving as the vice-chair of the House of Commons’ Government Operations and Estimates Committee. During his time in politics Mr. McCallum has held many Cabinet portfolios under both the Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin governments including Minister of National Defence, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of National Revenue. Prior to his appointment to Cabinet, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. As well, he served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and as a member of the Standing Committee on Finance.

Before entering politics, Mr. McCallum was senior vice-president and chief economist of the Royal Bank of Canada between 1994 and 2000. Prior to that he worked as a professor of economics at McGill University (1987-94), Université du Québec à Montréal (1982-87), Simon Fraser University (1978-82), and the University of Manitoba (1976-78). Prior to joining the Royal Bank, he was dean of the faculty of arts at McGill University .

A native of Montreal, Mr. McCallum obtained a bachelor of arts from Cambridge University, a diplôme d’études supérieures from Université de Paris and a doctorate in economics from McGill University . Mr. McCallum and his wife, Nancy Lim, have three sons.

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Judy Sgro, MP

By serving her neighbours from 1987 – 1994 on the North York City Council, and then from 1995 – 1998 as a member of the Toronto City Council, Judy Sgro worked to foster a solid reputation as a woman of action.

Building upon a successful tenure in municipal politics, where she served the people of her community as the Vice-Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, as a member of the North York Council’s Executive Committee, and as a contributing member of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Judy Sgro wanted to focus her attention towards national solutions to local problems.

Her initial election to Parliament for the federal riding of York West in 1999, and her subsequent re-election in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011 cemented that reputation and provided her with a way to serve the people of York West on the national stage.

Judy Sgro wasted no time once she arrived in Ottawa. From 2001 – 2002, she was named Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Urban Issues. The report derived from those efforts contained numerous insights which helped to shape national urban policy for several years. In addition to serving in roles such as the Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and as the Vice-Chair of the Canada/US Parliamentary Friendship Group, Judy Sgro was appointed as the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in December of 2003.

As Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Judy championed family re-unification policies and worked hard to ensure the immigration system was fair and compassionate.

In Opposition, Judy Sgro is no less focused on the needs of the people of York West. From 2007 – 2009, she worked as part of the National Liberal Caucus as the Critic for National Revenue. In her subsequent capacity as the Liberal Critic for Seniors, Pensions, and Status of Women, Judy launched an aggressive effort to help ensure retirement income security, coverage and adequacy for all Canadians. In the summer of 2013, she accepted a new assignment from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, and assumed the role of Liberal Critic for Industry, Small Business, and Tourism.

Judy Sgro lives in Toronto with her husband where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

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Leon Benoit, MP

Leon Benoit is currently a member of the Conservative Party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Vegreville—Wainwright since 2004, Lakeland from 1997 to 2004 and Vegreville from 1993 to 1997. He has also been a member of the Canadian Alliance (2000-2003) and the Reform Party of Canada (1993-2000). Benoit is a former economist and farmer. Benoit is the former official opposition critic of Public Works and Government Services and of the Canadian Wheat Board, Intergovernmental Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration, and National Defence.

In May 2007 when Benoit was the chair of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade he came under scrutiny when he adjourned the committee after the opposition overruled him. His move was “unprecedented”. After he abruptly adjourned the committee, the Vice-Chair took over and the meeting resumed after he and three of the four other Conservative members had left.

The meeting had to do with North American Energy Security. Gordon Laxer presented a talk in which he questioned why Canada’s oil exports were being used to guarantee US energy security, as opposed to Canada using its energy resources to provide for the security of Canadians first, and then others. Benoit felt Laxer had not been on topic.

Regarding the Citizen’s Arrest and Self-Defence Act, Benoit stated that the legislation would expand the circumstances in which citizens can make arrests, as well as it simplifies the self-defense and defense of property provisions in the Criminal Code.

In 2013, Benoit along with two other Tory MPs wrote a letter to the RCMP requesting that they investigate late term abortions as homicides. The letter was criticized as an attempt to reopen the abortion debate. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “I think all members of this house, whether they agree with it or not, understand that abortion is legal in Canada and this government, myself included, have made it very clear that the government does not intend to change the law in this regard.”

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Laurie Hawn, MP

Laurie Hawn joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1964 and received his pilot wings in 1967. In over thirty years in the Air Force, Laurie rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and served an additional five years as Honourary Colonel of 417 Combat Support Squadron. Laurie held many senior staff positions, commanded a CF-18 Tactical Fighter Squadron and was the Wing Operations Officer at 4 Wing Cold Lake, overseeing the operation of six squadrons, 1,800 personnel, multi-million dollar budgets, and multi-billion dollar assets. He has served in Europe, the United States and throughout Canada.

Upon retirement in 1994, Laurie entered the financial services business. He successfully opened and managed branch offices and held senior supervisory positions in this highly regulated and demanding industry. Laurie has been very involved in his community, as a lead organizer, volunteer and board member supporting community events, educational institutions and many charities.

Laurie was politically active for several years and decided, in 2003, that it was time to throw his hat into the ring of federal politics. After narrowly losing a hard-fought election against Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan in 2004, patience and hard work were rewarded on January 23rd, 2006 with a decisive victory over Ms. McLellan, and the opportunity to take a seat in Parliament as the representative of Edmonton Centre. Re-elected in October 2008 and May 2011, Laurie has been proud to be part of Canada’s government as it takes steps to rebuild the military, reduce the tax burden on ordinary working Canadians, improve the accountability of government, crack down on crime, and face economic challenges.

In the 40th Parliament Laurie served on the Standing Committee on National Defence, as well as the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan. He also chaired the Special Legislative Committee on Bill C-30, the Clean Air Act, and served on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.

On October 10, 2007 Laurie was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay. In this role Laurie assisted the Minister and provided a link between the ministry and Parliament. He represented the Minister in the House and at events when the Minister is unavailable. He served in this position until May 25, 2011.
Joining The Privy Council

Laurie Hawn and Prime Minister HarperOn October 1, 2010 Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Laurie’s appointment to the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada, with the swearing-in being the first official act by Canada’s new Governor-General, His Excellency David Johnston.

On May 25, 2011 Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Laurie to the Treasury Board sub-committee on the Strategic and Operating Review. This unique appointment was a precedent, as previously only Cabinet Ministers were assigned to Cabinet Committees.

On September 13th 2012, Laurie was then appointed to sit on the Treasury Board Cabinet Committee as a full member. This was once again a precedent, as normally only Cabinet Ministers sit on Cabinet Committees.

Laurie was also selected as a Canadian representative and co-chair of the Permanent Canada-United States Joint Board of Defence. Created in 1940, the bi-annual PJBD is the highest-level bilateral forum for the discussion of defence and security issues of concern to both Canada and the United States. For over seventy years, the Board has played a crucial role in fostering critical senior military and diplomatic contact, as well as frank discussion on a plethora of issues affecting continental defence and security.

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Jamie Nicholls, MP

Jamie Nicholls was elected as federal Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges in May 2011. Today, he is deputy critic for Official Languages.

Son of a beekeeper and bank manager, Jamie was born in Montreal in 1971 and grew up in Saint-Lazare. In his family, politics were always a popular topic at the dinner table.

He has been a New Democrat since the age of 16. At that time, he went to Hudson High School, the same high school that Jack Layton went to. Lucky coincidence.

Jamie first worked as a visual arts and design teacher after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in visual arts in 1995. He obtained his master’s in landscape architecture in 2007 and is currently a doctoral candidate at McGill’s School of Urban Planning. Before his election, Jamie worked as a landscape architect. His goal? To create a healthy and stimulating environment for children, while promoting sustainable and ecological development. Locally, he sat on the board of directors for the Conseil du bassin versant (COBAVER) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, before getting involved in politics.

Providing families with a clean environment is also a priority for him on Parliament Hill. He believes in small businesses, public transport development and a green economy. He is also aware of the importance of agriculture and collective institutions in the daily life of citizens of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

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Devinder Shory, MP

Devinder Shory was born in Barnala, Punjab, India as the second-youngest of eight children. Before moving to Canada, he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelors of Law degrees from Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.

After coming to Canada and to support his family, Devinder did whatever it took including unloading linen trucks, driving a taxi and working in a video store.

Finally in 1997, Devinder was able to return to his passion of law, and Alberta was the province that gave the Shory family this opportunity. As a staunch believer in the power of entrepreneurship, Devinder set up his own general law practice in Calgary Northeast after being called to the bar in 1998.

Besides his law practice, Devinder became involved in giving back to his community. As he had personally experienced many of the hurdles faced by new Canadians, Devinder made it a habit in his law practice to point students and foreign-qualified individuals in the right direction. He was recognized for the contribution of his free legal guidance through the Law Society of Alberta.

Devinder also served on the Conservative boards of Calgary East and Calgary Northeast, on the board of the India Canada Association and in many capacities for the world class Genesis Centre from the very beginning, including Chair of the Fund Development Committee.

In October 2008, Northeast Calgarians elected Devinder to the House of Commons as their representative. In 2011, they re-elected Devinder with an even greater percentage of the popular vote.

Today, Devinder is proud to serve as a Member of the International Trade Committee as well as the Human Resources and Skills Development Committee. He also proudly serves as a very active co-chair of the Canada India Parliamentary Friendship Association, along with being involved in numerous other parliamentary organizations.

In solving many of the world’s current challenges, Devinder believes the key to greater prosperity is the reduction of red tape and artificial trade barriers between nations. As such, leading immigrants and business professionals around the world with ties to their countries of birth truly hold the key to the success or failure for trade negotiations.

Devinder is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal, and he has been recognized many times for his community leadership. His philosophy remains that whether we were born here, flew here, drove here or sailed here, Canada opens her arms to all who work hard, play by the rules and focus on making Canada an even better place for future generations. We shouldn’t only look for our Canadian rights; we should look for our responsibilities and embrace them.

Devinder is married to Neetu, and they are blessed with three wonderful children: Jatin, Chetan and Arisha.

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Garry Breitkreuz, MP

Garry Breitkreuz born October 21, 1945, Garry was raised on a farm near Springside, Saskatchewan. He attended a one-room country school near the farm where he grew up. His high school education was completed in Yorkton. He has six years of post-secondary education, including a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Garry taught for twenty-four years, including three years teaching math and chemistry at a college in Cameroon, West Africa; two years as principal on an Indian Reserve in northern Saskatchewan; and eighteen months teaching math and sciences in the Solomon Islands. The remainder of his teaching experience was spent teaching various subjects and grades in and around Yorkton. Seven of those years, Garry also spent farming.

From 1993 to 2006, Garry served as a member of the Official Opposition, and he took on a number of important responsibilities including: Interim Official Opposition Whip and Official Opposition Deputy House Leader. He has been an active member on numerous Standing Committees of the House of Commons including: Agriculture, Justice, Procedure and House Affairs, and Human Resources Development. He was chair of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security from 2006 to September 2010. In October 2010, he was elected chair of the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan. In September 2011, Mr. Breitkreuz was elected vice-chair of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Over the last 18 years, Garry has become well known both nationally and internationally for his extensive work and expertise on the federal gun registry file.

First elected to the House of Commons in October 1993, for the federal constituency of Yorkton-Melville in eastern Saskatchewan, Garry has been subsequently re-elected by the citizens of Yorkton-Melville in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 & 2011.

Garry is married to Lydia. Together they have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.

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Dave Van Kesteren, MP

Dave Van Kesteren was elected as the Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex in January 2006 as a Conservative Government Member of Parliament, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. His election to office in 2006 marked the first time in 17 years that Chatham-Kent-Essex had elected a Conservative Member of Parliament.

Prior to becoming the Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex, Dave worked in the auto industry. In 1985, Dave opened his first auto body shop, later running his own used car business and then becoming a Hyundai dealer in 1996.

Born in Chatham to Dutch parents who immigrated to Canada in the early 1950`s, he is the fifth child of ten children. Strong proponents of family values, Dave and his wife, Faye, have celebrated 34 years of marriage and have eight adult children, and have been blessed with many grandchildren.

In the 39th Parliament, as the newly elected Member of Parliament, for Chatham-Kent-Essex he was a Member of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics; the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology; and the Subcommittee on Oil and Gas and other Energy Prices. In the 40th Parliament he was again a Member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology; the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans; and completed his first chairmanship of the Sub-Committee on Canadian Industrial Sectors. For the second session of the 40th Parliament, he was a Member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women and Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. Currently, in this third session of Parliament, he continues his work as a Member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

He is an active member on numerous Parliamentary Associations and Interparliamentary Groups. Specifically, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group, Canada-United Kingdom Interparliamentary Association, Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group, Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, Canada-China Legislative Association, Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, and Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group. This does not include the several other Friendship groups he is associated with including the Canada-Netherlands Friendship Group of which he is Chair. He is also the founder and Chair of the Canadian Trucking Industry Caucus and several other Caucuses that focus on specific issues related to Canadian industry sectors.

Dave has had several opportunities to travel internationally on behalf of the Government of Canada. He traveled to Taiwan in 2006 with the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association to further Canada’s diplomatic trade relations in the region, to China in 2007 and again to Taiwan in 2008 with other government Members to Celebrate the Presidential Inauguration. He and Faye had the honour of traveling to Israel in July of 2007 with the Canada-Israel Committee. In August 2008 he attended the Southern Governors Association Annual General Meeting in Greenbrier, West Virginia. In February of 2010 he and Faye had the honour of traveling to Turkey along with other Members of Parliament from all Parties.

Dave continues to represent the people of Chatham-Kent-Essex and their interests at the Federal level. He is very proud of the riding and works hard every day to keep Canada a strong and prosperous nation, not only for our generation but for those generations to come.

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François Pilon, MP

François Pilon is a politician in the Canadian province of Quebec. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 federal election as the member for Laval-Les Îles. Pilon is a member of the New Democratic Party.

Pilon was born in 1958 in Laval and has a background in architectural design. He is active in the labour movement, having served as vice-president of the Syndicat des Cols Bleus de la Ville de Laval from late 1998 to 2006. In 1999, he helped lead his union into the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons on his fourth attempt, previously running in the riding of Honoré-Mercier, which the NDP also took in 2011.

He is not to be confused with another François Pilon who has run for the Green Party in Montreal.

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Brad Trost, MP

Brad Trost is the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, a constituency both urban and rural, in east central Saskatchewan that has the University of Saskatchewan at its heart.

Prior to his election, Brad worked as an exploration geophysicist, having graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with Bachelor degrees in geophysics and economics. Brad was also part of the family farm operation, and found time to teach English for a year in Russia before running for public office.

As a Member of Parliament, Brad has concentrated on issues important to Saskatchewan. In particular, Brad has emphasized agriculture and energy issues and worked to support local infrastructure, including the University of Saskatchewan. Brad has also taken a special interest in mining issues, including introducing legislation to open up Canada’s uranium sector to foreign investment.

Brad currently serves as a member on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources. He formerly served as a member of the International Trade Committee and before that, the Industry Committee. He is the founder of the Conservative Party’s Energy Caucus and is a member of the cross-party Pro-Life Caucus. He has also served as an elected vice-chair of the Canada-U.S. Parliamentary Association for six years.

Brad is married and resides in Saskatoon.

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