Maxime Bernier is known as a dependable politician who speaks his mind. A man of ideas, his belief in personal responsibility and freedom is at the heart of his political vision. In his public statements, he expresses those values and his unwavering commitment to reducing the size of government.
Maxime Bernier was born January 18, 1963, in St-Georges-de-Beauce. He is the father of two girls.
Mr. Bernier is a dedicated and experienced runner and has participated in several marathons. A tough and determined competitor, he once ran 106 km across his constituency, completing the run in 13 hours and raising $165,000 for the Beauce food bank.
In 1985, Mr. Bernier earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal and entered Law at the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1990.
Mr. Bernier has a long-standing interest in business and during his career worked for several financial and banking institutions before becoming Executive Vice-President of the Montreal Economic Institute in 2005.
Many people in the region encouraged him to enter politics. He took up the challenge and was elected Member of Parliament for Beauce on January 23, 2006, with the largest majority outside Alberta. He was appointed to Cabinet on February 6, 2006, as Minister of Industry.
His success in deregulating major portions of the telecommunications sector prompted the chair of the Political Science department at McGill University, Professor Richard J. Schultz, to write, “In terms of what is perhaps the single most important component of his Industry portfolio, telecommunications, he was without challenge the best Industry Minister in thirty years.”
Mr. Bernier also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from August 14, 2007 to May 26, 2008.
He was re-elected to represent Beauce on October 14, 2008, again receiving the largest majority of all MPs in Quebec.
Re-elected on May 2, 2011, he was appointed Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism.
Maxime Bernier was re-elected a fourth time in November, 2015, receiving more than 59% of the vote.
On August 23, 2018, he left the Conservative Party of Canada to sit as an independent MP and announced the launch of a new party.
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.
Patrick Walter Brown (born May 26, 1978) is a Canadian politician and former Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the riding of Simcoe North. Brown was Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and Ontario's Leader of the Official Opposition from May 2015 to January 2018. He is currently running for Mayor of Brampton in the 2018 municipal election.
Brown's political career began when he served on the Barrie City Council in the early 2000s. From 2006 until 2015, Brown was a federal Conservative member of the House of Commons representing the riding of Barrie. In May 2015, Brown was elected leader of the Ontario PC Party, and stepped down as MP. He then won a provincial by-election on September 3, 2015, in Simcoe North and entered the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
In January 2018, two women accused Brown of sexual misconduct during the time he was a federal MP. Brown denied the allegations, but resigned as party leader hours later. Interim PC leader Vic Fedeli expelled Brown from the party caucus on February 16, 2018, and Brown on that same day registered to run for the PC leadership once again. On February 21, Brown passed the PC Party's Provincial Nominations Committee vetting process. On February 26, Brown withdrew from the leadership race, stating that he wanted to focus on clearing his name. Brown became the first permanent Ontario Conservative leader who did not lead the party into an election since George Frederick Marter. On March 15, 2018, Patrick Brown announced via Twitter that he would not be running in the new riding of Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte.
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.