Party Caucuses Archives: Eastern & Northern Ontario Caucus

A Strong Voice For Northern Ontario

Greg Rickford was born on September 24, 1967 in Paris, Ontario.

Instilled with the values of hard work and public service from a young age, Greg has earned degrees in common and civil law from McGill University, and an MBA from Laval University.

Those values brought Greg to the remote First Nations communities of Northern Ontario were he worked as a nurse and lawyer.

Greg’s experience lead him to understand the large and remote riding of Kenora needed a strong voice in Parliament or face being further isolated.

Running in his very first election, Greg made improving economic and infrastructure conditions for First Nations in the area one of his central campaign themes.

Greg was the first Conservative MP ever elected in the 84-year history of the Kenora riding winning by just over 2000 votes against the incumbent Member of Parliament.

Greg Rickford Kenora

A Strong Voice in the House of Commons

During his first term, Greg served as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

Greg was also elected by colleagues from all parties to chair the All Party Tourism Caucus for the 40th Parliament.

Recognizing Greg’s leadership and strong voice for Northern Ontario, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Greg to become Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Official Languages On August 30, 2010.

Just six months later the Prime Minister made Greg the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Greg Rickford Re-Elected

On May 2nd, 2011, Greg asked voters in the federal riding of Kenora if they would re-elect him to be their strong voice in Ottawa.

The voters showed their confidence in Greg and increased his vote by 20%.

The Prime Minister shares their confidence, re-appointing Greg as theParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, while also appointing Greg as the Parliamentary Secretary for theCanadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and for theFederal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor).

This means Greg is currently the Parliamentary Secretary to Ministers’ Aglukkaq, Clement, and Duncan.

Greg Rickford About

Despite his added responsibilities Greg continues to be a strong voice for Northern Ontario in the House of Commons.

Pierre Poilievre is a 34-year-old Minister of State (Democratic Reform) and four-term Conservative Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton. His purpose, principle, policy, past and present alliterate what you need to know about him.


To expand freedom, so each can take responsibility for their life, strive for success and own their destiny.


To allow space for this freedom, government must only do what people cannot do for themselves.


  • Leave money in the hands that earned it, not with the government that taxed it;
  • Allow freedom of association for workers;
  • Deliver more of our public services through free enterprise and competition;
  • Trade more with other free countries and stand with them against tyrants and terrorists;
  • Make our institutions – including the Senate – accountable to citizens.


After defeating the incumbent Liberal Defense Minister in the 2004 election, Poilievre has since been re-elected four times.

On the Hill

As Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Board President (2006-2008), he helped stick-handle the Federal Accountability Act through the House of Commons. As Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (2008-2011), he was the caucus lead on the Conservative Party’s 2011 election platform, where he pushed for spending reductions, less red tape for small businesses and tax fairness for families with a stay-at-home parent.

As Parliamentary Secretary to the Transport Minister (2011-2013), Poilievre launched a new House committee study on how competition and private sector investment can lower the costs and improve the quality of our roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

In the Community

Some of his best ideas have come from the people he represents.

In 2005, he took the idea of a Children’s Fitness Tax Credit from an Osgoode farming family to Stephen Harper who campaigned on and implemented it.

It was also in Osgoode that he met Jim Duquette. The Army Major left to serve the Canadian Forces in the Middle East just days after the birth of his son. He returned to learn his parental benefits under EI had expired while he was serving overseas, depriving him of the chance to spend time with the son he had not seen in a year. Major Duquette learned that, according to the rules, he could have deferred his benefits for the purpose of serving a prison sentence, but not for the purpose of serving in a Canadian Forces mission.

Poilievre fixed this injustice, with the Fairness for Military Families Act. It allows soldiers to defer their parental leave until after they return from military missions, giving them precious time off with their small children.

As a leading voice for the future Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge, Poilievre has landed one-third of the project’s needed investment. Construction is now well underway as a result. He also secured the neighbouring airport land required for the Limebank Road expansion.


Appointed Minister of State (Democratic Reform) on July 15, 2013, Minister Poilievre is working hard towards strengthening our democracy.

The Barrhaven resident holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.

Bryan Hayes moved to Sault Ste. Marie with his wife Aida, a Sault native 33 years ago after graduating with honours from the Marketing program at Cambrian college. Bryan and Aida have 2 sons, Kevin and Brandyn both university graduates residing in Ottawa. He spent much of his childhood travelling around communities in Canada and the world as his father served in the Canadian Forces for 36 years.

Bryan has been a successful small business owner, Finance Manager for 10 years for Ontario March of Dimes and a senior Financial Analyst at Ontario Lottery and Gaming for 12 years, during which time he also served on city council for 8 years where he initiated and chaired the city’s Finance Committee. He has been an active participant on many boards, including the District Social Services Administration Board, the Sault and Area Hospital Board of Directors and the Economic Development Corporation as well as chairing the 2000 United Way Campaign to name but a few.

During this time, he also completed is BA in Accounting from Laurentian University and attained his CGA designation from the Certified General Accountant’s Association.

Elected to the House of Commons on May 2nd 2011, Bryan is proud to be Sault Ste. Marie`s federal representative in Ottawa. In this role, Bryan works with the Government House Leader to ensure the conservative election platform promises are delivered. That platform includes initiatives that will get tough on crime, strengthen Canada’s economy, and work for the equality of all Canadians, and in particular, his constituents.  Bryan is currently on the House of Commons Standing Committee for Public Accounts as well as the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.  He is also Chair of the National Steel Caucus along with the National Border Caucus.

Conservative Trailblazer

Cheryl Gallant is an experienced member of the new generation of leadership that Canada has come to expect from Canada’s Conservative Government.  In the 2000 general election, Cheryl was one of two Canadian Alliance MPs elected in the Province of Ontario, breaking an electoral stranglehold by another party that had held parts of Renfrew County for close to 70 years.  She has the distinction of being the first female elected, federally or provincially to high office for the County of Renfrew.

Prior to winning elected office, Cheryl Gallant was the Chief Administrative Director in a family-owned small business/professional practice with her spouse Jamie. Cheryl and Jamie have four daughters.

Active in her community as Chairperson of the City of Pembroke Downtown Development Commission, Cheryl witnessed first-hand the effects of excessive taxation on small business. As a member of the Economic Advisory Committee for the City, she sought to bring jobs to her community and re-vitalize the downtown core.

Cheryl’s values are rooted in small town Ontario where she was raised and educated and has lived all her life. In 1980, Cheryl was presented the Gold Standard of the Duke of Edinburgh Award by His Highness Prince Phillip, for her leadership skills, service to the community and excellence in physical fitness.

Cheryl Gallant attended the University of Western Ontario, successfully graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She did post-degree work in biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacology and environmental chemistry. She worked at the University of Toronto doing research in biochemistry. Prior to relocating to Pembroke, Cheryl was a group insurance executive with a major Canadian life insurance company.

Cheryl Gallant in Parliament

As an MP, in addition to previously serving as Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition, Cheryl has served her constituents as a member on a number of standing committees of the House of Commons including National Defence and Veteran Affairs, Industry, Science and Technology, Canadian Heritage and Procedure and House Affairs. As a permanent member of the Defence Committee, Cheryl has had the privilege of travelling to Afghanistan to Support Our Troops.

Currently, in addition to serving on the Defence and Industry, Science and Technology Committees, Cheryl was elected Chair of the Canadian-NATO Parliamentary Association, traveling abroad representing Canada capacity in the NATO Assembly.

Cheryl Gallant is a strong defender of rural Canada and individual rights, including the right to own and enjoy private property. As the M.P. for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Cheryl believes in community service. Never one to back away from a challenge, Cheryl is a team player and a veteran member of the Conservative Government. Cheryl Gallant has played an effective role to bring the benefits of having an MP in Ottawa who cares about all the people of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.

Barry Devolin was first elected as the Conservative MP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock in June 2004 and re-elected in January 2006, October 2008, and May 2011.

Devolin has served the 40th and 41st Parliaments as an Assistant Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chair of the Committees of the Whole. He has also served as Co-chair of the Canada Korea Inter-parliamentary Association, and Government Liaison with the Korean Community since 2006.

During the 39th Parliament, Devolin chaired the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and also sat on the Standing Committee for Immigration and Citizenship, and Agriculture and Agri-food.

During the 38th Parliament, Devolin served as Critic for the Minister of State for Human Resources and Skills Development and sat on the Standing Committee for Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

From 2000 to 2004, Devolin ran a consulting business in Toronto specializing in strategic planning and communications. During the early 1990’s, Devolin served as Director of Research for the Reform Party of Canada. In the late 1990’s, he served as Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario and as Chief of Staff for 2 provincial cabinet ministers.

From 1996-98, Devolin and his wife Ursula lived in South Korea where he taught English as a Second Language at the Busan University of Foreign Studies.

As a student, Devolin pursued an education in political science. In 1984, Devolin received a Bachelor’s Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. In 1987, he received a Master’s Degree from Stony Brook University in New York.

While in high school, Devolin was selected as a Rotary International Exchange Student and spent a year in the Netherlands in 1979-80.

Devolin married Ursula Beachli in 1993. They have two children: George (2002) and Molly (2004). The Devolins have homes in Ottawa and Haliburton, Ontario.

Royal Galipeau was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 to represent Ottawa–Orléans.  In October 2008, he was re-elected, the first Conservative MP in 136 years to win back-to-back elections in this constituency.  His family has been involved in community life and local politics for four generations.  As such, he has inherited a genuine concern for public service and advocating for the betterment of his community.

As a child, Royal helped his uncle, Joseph-Édouard Galipeau – a Cumberland Township councillor – bale hay on his Mer Bleue Road farm, South of Innes Road. Omer Lacasse Avenue is home to 25 family families in Queenswood Heights.  The late Mr. Lacasse also was a Cumberland Township Councillor, and Royal’s maternal grandfather.  Lamoureux Drive was named by Cumberland Council to honour Royal’s great-grandmother.

Mr. Galipeau was himself elected as a citywide councillor for Gloucester in 1982.  During his term of office, he was instrumental in launching the city’s first corporate strategic plan, which later was lauded by the province of Ontario as a model for other municipalities. Another achievement of which he is proud is the designation more than 25 years ago of 200 hectares south of Innes Road as commercial and industrial land.  This was intended for “future” employment centres in Ottawa–Orléans. Always active in the community, Mr. Galipeau was appointed in 2001 by the Council of the newly amalgamated city of Ottawa as trustee of the Ottawa Public Library, where he focused on the protection of children from Internet pornography on library computers.  This was a hard battle, but after two votes, he succeeded on April 30, 2003.

In 2004, he was the only trustee of the previous term to be reappointed by City Council.  Then, he was twice elected as vice-chair of the Board. He also championed the opening of the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa – a first in 35 years! In addition, he has served seven years on the Ottawa–Carleton Regional District Health Council, helping prepare with Mr. Justice Jean-Pierre Beaulne a workable policy for the delivery of minority language health services in Ottawa.  He has also served two terms as a director of TVOntario, where he participated in the TFO implementation team. Most recently, Mr. Galipeau has spent three years as a member of the East-West Light Rail Transit Corridor Environmental Assessment Committee.

In April 2006, he was elected as a deputy speaker of the House of Commons.  He was re-elected in October 2007, unopposed. In the 39th Parliament, he also served as Co-Chair of the Canada–Russia Parliamentary Group, a position that he shared with Russian parliamentarian (and hockey legend) Vladislav Tretiak. In the 40th Parliament, he was re-elected as Co-Chair of the Canada–Arab World Parliamentary Association.  He also is the Vice-Chair of the Senate and House of Commons Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations. In Ottawa–Orléans, his focus remains the establishment of a technology transfer centre to generate economic spin-offs from the untapped intellectual property of the National Research Council.

A steadfast family man, Royal Galipeau has been married to Anne Pallascio for 36 years.  They have four community-minded children, three sons and a daughter.

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