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A Strong Voice For Northern Ontario
Greg Rickford was born on September 24, 1967 in Paris, Ontario.
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.
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.
Despite his added responsibilities Greg continues to be a strong voice for Northern Ontario in the House of Commons.
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.