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Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was countries.

Last in Parliament October 2015, as Conservative MP for Edmonton East (Alberta)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 53% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program November 8th, 2012

Mr. Speaker, I wish to recognize 33 youthful delegates who have visited with us for the past seven weeks. They are here in members' offices to gain valuable perspectives on Canada's most important democratic institution, the Parliament of Canada.

These young people, representing the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary program, embody the highest ideals of achievement and community service. They are the future leaders of Ukraine, young people like Yaroslav Barkov from my office.

Canada and Ukraine are inextricably linked forever by prior migration. Fully one in 30 Canadians is of Ukrainian descent, as are my wife, daughters and granddaughters. Ukraine holds a special place in the hearts of Canadians. Canada was the first country in the western world to accord diplomatic recognition in 1991 to an independent Ukraine.

As the young emissaries depart, we wish them well and say to them, Menohaya Leeta.

Criminal Code October 17th, 2012

I will be voting yes.

Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act October 16th, 2012

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting yes.

Canada Post Corporation Act October 3rd, 2012

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting yes.

Political Loans Accountability Act October 2nd, 2012

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting yes.

Ukraine September 24th, 2012

Mr. Speaker, 21 years ago, Ukrainians overwhelmingly chose to return to the status of an independent nation. The day after its referendum, Canada became the first western nation to recognize the newly sovereign Ukraine. We too celebrate the ties that bind Canada and Ukraine, including the over one million Canadians of Ukrainian heritage.

As a member of Parliament, I have travelled to Ukraine to observe presidential and parliamentary elections. I have seen how the people of Ukraine surely and steadily strengthened their democratic resolve. I also have no doubt that they will continue that progress with their upcoming parliamentary election this fall.

Canada continues to support those who strive to achieve freedoms brought about by their desire for democracy.

I wish to congratulate the people of Ukraine for their great accomplishment 21 years ago and for their continued determination to embrace their future within the world of democratic nations.

Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act June 20th, 2012

Madam Speaker, I will be voting yes.

Financial Literacy Leader Act June 20th, 2012

Madam Speaker, I will be voting yes.

Committees of the House June 18th, 2012

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting yes.

Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act June 12th, 2012

I will be voting yes.