Don Boudria represented the Ontario district of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in the House of Commons from 1984 to 2006. During his career in Parliament he was Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus, Opposition Deputy Whip, Chair of the Liberal Caucus Committee on Government Operations, Liberal Deputy House Leader (Committees), Deputy Whip and Chief Whip. Between 1984 and 1993, he held several opposition critic portfolios, including Agriculture, Supply and Services, Public Works, and Canada Post. He was first appointed to Cabinet on October 4, 1996, and held several portfolios such as Minister for International Cooperation, Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Receiver General for Canada, and Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. He is the second longest serving Government House Leader in Canadian history.
In addition, Mr. Boudria was Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs from October 2004 until the dissolution of the 38th Parliament in November 2005. He was also elected President of the Canadian Section of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA), and Chair of the Canada-Taiwan Canada-Korea Parliamentary Friendship groups. He was also director of two Parliamentary Associations, namely Canada-NATO and Canada-Africa.
Prior to his federal experience, Mr. Boudria worked as a federal civil servant and served in municipal and provincial politics. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Waterloo.
Mr. Boudria is currently Senior Counsellor at Hill & Knowlton Canada where he provides advice in such fields as parliamentary procedure and international affairs. He is also member of the Board of Directors of the International Election Monitoring Institute as well as the Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. He is author of Busboy: From Kitchen to Cabinet.
Vic Parsons is a retired journalist who lives in Victoria, Canada, and is the author of three books, several short stories and numerous articles. His latest work, his first full-length fiction, is Lesser Expectations: Charles Dickens's Son in North America. Although largely a fictional account of the life of Francis J. Dickens, who served as a police officer in both India and Canada, the book is actually a fusion with biography. Many of the events in Canada particularly are documented in the records of the North West Mounted Police (Mounties) but there are significant gaps, and this is where Parsons has supplemented the story with fiction.
Parsons's first two books were non-fiction. Bad Blood: The tragedy of the Canadian Tainted Blood Scandal was published in 1995 and tells the searing story of how Canada's blood supply became contaminated with the HIV and hepatitis C viruses, and the impact it had on people who became infected and their families. Parsons knows whereof he speaks: his son, a hemophiliac, was infected with both viruses through the blood supply. Bad Blood was shortlisted for two awards.
His second non-fiction book, Ken Thomson: Canada's Enigmatic Billionaire, was published in 1996. It is a short biography of the man who was then Canada's richest and one of the ten wealthiest people in the world.
Parsons was a journalist for over 30 years in Canada, with wire services and newspapers, based in Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto. While in Toronto he was national business editor for The Canadian Press and later became the Deputy Bureau Chief at the CP bureau in Canada's capital. He also wrote a column mainly on economics for the Thomson News Service. He has done occasional freelancing for the Globe and Mail, International Herald Tribune and Maclean's Magazine, CBC and NPR among others.