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Steven was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 in the west Winnipeg federal riding of Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia. He was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011 with increasing margins.
After being first elected in 2004, he was appointed the Official Opposition Critic for Health and was a member of the Standing Committee on Health. During his time as health critic, Steven championed compensation for the “forgotten victims” of Hepatitis C. He also worked with other parties to dramatically reduce trans fats from the Canadian Food Supply.
In June 2005, Steven championed a motion in Parliament calling on the government of the day to “fully fund and implement the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control” and “immediately develop an initiate a comprehensive national strategy on mental illness, mental health and heart disease”.
In 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper formed Government and appointed Steven to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. Following through on Steven’s 2005 motion, the newly elected Conservative Government moved to fully fund and implement the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, establish the National Mental Health Commission and the national framework for Cardiovascular Disease.
After the 2008 election, Prime Minster Harper appointed Steven to Cabinet as Minister of State (Democratic reform). In the weeks following the 2011 election, Mr. Fletcher was appointed Minister of State (Transport).
Steven is a recipient of the National Cancer Leadership Forum’s (NCLF) inaugural Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership (2006) and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Courage and Leadership Award (2006). He is also a recipient of the Champions of Mental Health award (2006) for his work in raising awareness for Mental Health.
Steven has been inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame (2005), received the King Clancy Award (2004), is the recipient of her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) for his contributions to Canada and received the Christopher Reeve Award from the Canadian Paraplegic Association (2010).
Prior to his election, Steven worked as an engineer in the mining industry until an automobile collision with a moose left him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. He returned to university where he obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
Steven has a Bachelor in Science degree in Engineering (B.Sc.GE) from the University of Manitoba. He is also the first permanently disabled Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons.
He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1972, and he lives in Headingley, Manitoba.
A biography of Steven’s life titled “‘What Do You Do If You Don’t Die?’ The Steven Fletcher Story” was written by Linda McIntosh and released in the fall of 2008.