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Independent MP for Edmonton—St. Albert (Alberta)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 63.50% of the vote.

Two days ago

Posted on Twitter The celebrity, the activist and the exile: Three unusual MPs explain why politics matters and what they would do http://t.co/xtA4AnNssE

Three days ago

Posted on Twitter Rath’s Reads for December 19th is up! http://t.co/Q4KsgxPE3k

This week

Posted on Twitter had a very enjoyable Christmas Lunch at the St. Albert 50+ Club. Very Festive!! #stalbert

Posted on Twitter Rath's Reads for December 18th is up! http://t.co/zEB0XfT0mv

Posted on Twitter My thoughts on a very dark day for democracy in Alberta @ http://t.co/HBq6bqONC0

Posted on Twitter Rath’s Reads for December 17th is up! http://t.co/uMgksdBvxI

Mentioned by Macleans.ca Ten things we learned from #POTY14 ... parliamentarians of the year: Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, the year's big winner; Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, the hardest-working MP; NDP MP Peter Stoffer, the most collegial; and Independent MP Brent Rathgeber, the best constituency representative.

A week ago

Voted No on Vote #310 on Bill C-603 Amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (vehicle side guards)

Voted Yes on Vote #309 on Bill C-43 A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February ...

Voted No on Vote #308 on Bill C-43 A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February ...

Voted Yes on Vote #307 on Bill S-211 Establish a national day to promote health and fitness for all Canadians

Voted Yes on Vote #306 on Bill C-524 Amend the Canada Elections Act (election advertising)

Mentioned by St. Albert Gazette Parties gear up for vote While incumbent MP Brent Rathgeber has announced his intention to run as an independent and the Conservatives have picked Michael Cooper to be their standard-bearer in a November nomination vote, other parties aren't as far along in the preparation ...

Two weeks ago

Spoke in the House on Canadian Human Rights Commission Mr. Speaker, taxpayers want to know why the acting commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission has been allowed to rack up nearly $760,000 in travel ...

Spoke in the House on Supplementary Estimates (B), 2014-15 Mr. Speaker, I vote yea.

Three weeks ago

Mentioned by St. Albert Leader Editorial: Now the real fun begins But with Cooper flying the Conservative banner while former Tory and current independent MP Brent Rathgeber is still in the picture, it should make for a very interesting race when the next federal writ is dropped, likely for sometime in 2015. When it all boils ...

Mentioned by St. Albert Gazette Michael Cooper wins nomination race in St. Albert-Edmonton His nomination campaign started last fall and drew endorsements from several well-known politicians. Cooper will compete for the conservative vote with independent MP Brent Rathgeber. Rathgeber left the Conservative Party in June 2013 and plans to run ...

A month ago

Mentioned by St. Albert Gazette Michael Cooper wins nomination race in St. Albert-Edmonton His nomination campaign started last fall and drew endorsements from several well-known politicians. Cooper will compete for the conservative vote with independent MP Brent Rathgeber. Rathgeber left the Conservative Party in June 2013 and plans to run ...

Mentioned by St. Albert Gazette Michael Cooper wins nomination race in St. Albert-Edmonton His nomination campaign started last fall and drew endorsements from several well-known politicians. Cooper will compete for the conservative vote with independent MP Brent Rathgeber. Rathgeber left the Conservative Party in June 2013 and plans to run ...

Spoke in the House on Petitions Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of tabling a petition signed by over 3,500 residents of Edmonton—St. Albert calling on this House to pass a resolution ...

Spoke in the House on St. Albert Small Business Week Mr. Speaker, last month the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce held its annual Small Business Week highlighting and celebrating the nearly 1,000 small and ...

Spoke in the House on Public Safety Mr. Speaker, the House is currently debating government legislation that would increase the mandate of Canada's spy agency, giving CSIS broader powers of surveillance over Canadians. ...

Spoke in the House on Taxation Mr. Speaker, unlike other members of the opposition, I actually support the government's intention to introduce income splitting, because I support income tax relief generally. However, ...

Two months ago

Spoke in the House on Finance Mr. Speaker, over year ago, in its throne speech, the government promised taxpayers balanced budget legislation. However, with oil trading at under $81 a barrel, with ...

Three months ago

Spoke in the House on Petitions Mr. Speaker, the second petition is signed by 1,671 residents of Edmonton—St. Albert. The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to recognize the plight of ...

More than three months ago

Spoke at the Procedure and House Affairs committee on Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other ... Mr. Chair, my two amendments to Bill C-23 I think logically have to be considered together. IND-2 is on page 86 of the package and IND-1 ...

Spoke at the Procedure and House Affairs committee on Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other ... Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to the committee for that indulgence. Mr. Casey, first let me say how much I appreciate your advocacy on ...

Spoke at the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development committee on Yale First Nation Final Agreement Act Thank you, Chair, and thank you to all the witnesses for your very interesting testimony. I find the whole issue quite confusing. My first question is ...

Spoke at the Information & Ethics committee on Statutory Review of the Conflict of Interest Act and Bill C-461, An ... Thank you, Mr. Chair, and honourable members. I am pleased to reappear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics ...

Spoke at the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development committee on Bill S-8, An Act respecting the safety of drinking water on First ... Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you to all of our witnesses for your interesting perspectives. I want to zero in on the issue of liability. To ...

Spoke at the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development committee on Bill S-8, An Act respecting the safety of drinking water on First ... And my friend Ms. Ambler, I think, referred to the letter, where the minister indicated unequivocally that Bill S-8 would not affect the municipality's ability to ...

Spoke at the Information & Ethics committee on Bill C-461, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and ... Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I'd like to assure the members that if they don't have sufficient time to question me on this important piece of legislation, ...

Spoke at the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development committee on Bill S-8, An Act respecting the safety of drinking water on First ... I appreciate that. I understand at one point Treaty 7 nations, and Tsuu T'ina specifically, were supportive of the federal government's framework to regulate safe water ...

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-461 An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (disclosure of information)

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-637 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (public transit operators)