Ed Fast

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The Honourable
Ed Fast
PC, QC, MP
Member of Parliament
for Abbotsford
Incumbent
Assumed office
2006
Preceded by Randy White
Personal details
Born Edward D. Fast
(1955-06-18) June 18, 1955 (age 59)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Annette Fast
Residence Abbotsford
Profession Lawyer
Religion Mennonite[citation needed]

Edward D. "Ed" Fast, PC, QC, MP (born June 18, 1955) is a Canadian politician, currently the Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, and serving as the Minister for International Trade and as Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.

Biography[edit]

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ed Fast grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982, Fast co-founded the law firm currently known as Linley Welwood. He was elected in 1985 and served two terms as an Abbotsford School Trustee. He was elected to Abbotsford City Council in 1996 and served for three 3-year terms. During that time, he served as Deputy Mayor and as Chair of the Parks Recreation & Culture Commission.

Fast was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Abbotsford on January 23, 2006. During his first term, Fast was appointed to the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and the Standing Committee for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Fast was also the Vice-Chair of the B.C. Conservative caucus. On October 14, 2008, Fast was re-elected to his second term where he served as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and as a member of the Copyright Modernization Committee.[1] On May 2, 2011, Fast successfully defended his seat in Parliament with 65% of the vote. He was appointed Minister of International Trade by Prime Minister Harper on May 18, 2011, a position he currently holds today. In this position, Fast has revitalized Canada's trading position abroad. He has brought a renewed energy to the portfolio through his steadfast support for Canadian businesses wishing to do business abroad and through advancing free trade agreements with countries such as the European Union, India and South Korea among many others.

Ed and his wife Annette have lived in Abbotsford for over 30 years and have four adult daughters and two grandchildren.[2]

2006, 2008 and 2011 election results[edit]

In the 2006 Canadian Federal election Fast was elected with 63.27% of the vote.[3] In the 2008 federal election, Fast received 30,853 votes, 63.3% of the total in Abbotsford.[4] Fast was re-elected in the 2011 federal election with 32,493 votes, representing 65% of the popular vote.

Parliamentary work[edit]

International Trade[edit]

On May 18, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed Fast to Cabinet to serve as Canada’s Minister of International Trade.[5] Fast currently oversees trade negotiations with Japan, India and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, among others. He recently announced the historic Canada-EU Free Trade (CETA), an agreement touted as broader in scope and deeper in ambition than the historic North American Free Trade Agreement.[6] Fast also recently announced a landmark Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA), Canada’s first free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region.

In the past year, Fast has assumed responsibility of the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan – a plan focusing on Canada’s core strengths in priority markets through bold trade policy and vigorous trade promotion.[7] He also recently released Canada’s first International Education Strategy, a fundamental element of the Global Markets Action Plan and blueprint to attract international talent.[8]

Bill C-277[edit]

In 2006, Fast introduced Private Member's Bill C-277 which doubles from 5 to 10 years in prison the maximum sentence for luring a child over the internet for sexual purposes. The Bill received royal assent on June 22, 2007. Only 2% of private member’s bills are ever passed into law.[9]

Abbotsford-Huntington border crossing[edit]

In May 2009, Fast introduced a motion in the House of Commons to rename the Huntingdon border crossing to “Abbotsford-Huntingdon Port of Entry”. The official renaming took place on May 28, 2010, preserving the historical significance of the “Huntingdon” name while at the same time more accurately reflecting the location of the border crossing within the Fraser Valley.[10] The name change represents a “coming of age” for Abbotsford.

Federal infrastructure investments[edit]

In 2009, Fast was successful in securing for Abbotsford an unprecedented $35 million in federal infrastructure investments. The projects funded by the federal government as part of its stimulus funding include reconstruction of the McCallum Rd.[11] and Clearbrook Rd. interchanges,[12] improvements to the Abbotsford International Airport,[13] improvements to the Abbotsford-Huntingdon Port of Entry, construction of a new Mill Lake Spray Park,[14] safety improvements to the Mission Bridge,[15] and development of the Matsqui and Discovery Trail systems.[16]

Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights[edit]

In his role as Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights, Fast has worked with committee members to issue a significant report on impaired driving. In addition to reviewing numerous criminal justice bills tabled by the Conservative government, the committee is also completing a comprehensive study on organized crime in Canada.[17]

Trade commission[edit]

Fast announced that Ottawa would appoint a full-time trade commission in the embassy, and was in talks about a possible foreign investment promotion and protection agreement with Myanmar, formerly called Burma.[18]

Shooting Gesture in Parliament Controversy[edit]

On April 9, 2014, rising on a point of order, MP Dan Harris accused Fast of "making a gun with his hand while saying "boom" in the direction of the member for Churchill [Nicki Ashton]" during question period in the House of Commons.[19] Shortly thereafter, Fast denied the claim in the House of Commons, saying "It's completely false. I made no such gesture. I said no such words."[20] Video from the house of commons shows Fast making a pointing gesture.[21] Later that day, after video of the incident became more widely circulated, Minister Fast admitted that he had made a pointing gesture with his hand, contradicting his earlier statement that the accusation was "completely false. Nevertheless, Fast said that his hand gesture was "misconstrued by the opposition" as shaped as a gun and aimed at a member of Parliament. In his defence, Fast did not say why he was pointing his finger towards the front of the House at that time. [22]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 32,493 65.02% +1.70%
New Democratic David Murray 10,089 20.19% +6.97%
Liberal Madeleine Hardin 4,968 9.94% -6.34%
Green Daniel Bryce 2,138 4.28% -2.17%
Marxist–Leninist David MacKay 286 0.57%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,974 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 225 0.45% -0.07%
Turnout 50,199 59.67% +1%
     Conservative hold Swing -2.6%
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 30,853 63.32% +0.05% $79,097
Liberal Lionel Dominique Traverse 7,933 16.28% +3.61% $63,013
New Democratic Bonnie Rai 6,444 13.22% -3.75% $4,907
Green Karen Durant 3,141 6.45% +0.64% $833
Marijuana Tim Felger 358 0.73 +0.03% --
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,729 100.00% $86,855
Total rejected ballots 256 0.52%
Turnout 48,985
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 29,825 63.27% +1.90 $68,269
New Democratic Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson 8,004 16.97% +3.34 $6,955
Liberal David Oliver* 5,976 12.67% -7.27 $22,258
Green Stephanie Ashley-Pryce 2,740 5.81% +2.93
Marijuana Tim Felger 334 0.70% -0.13
Canadian Action Richard Gebert 173 0.36% $80
Marxist–Leninist David S. MacKay 86 0.18% +0.08
Total valid votes 47,138 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 183 0.39%
Turnout 47,321 60.69%
Conservative hold Swing -0.72%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Member of Parliament Profile". webinfo.parl.gc.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Ed Fast, Member of Parliament for Abbotsford". edfast.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Abbotsford (electoral district)". en.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Ed Fast, Conservative MP for Abbotsford". openparliament.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  5. ^ "The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade", www.international.gc.ca, Retrieved 2014-08-11
  6. ^ "Opening New Markets in Europe", actionplan.gc.ca, Retrieved 2014-08-11
  7. ^ "The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade", www.international.gc.ca, Retrieved 2014-08-11
  8. ^ "Canada's International Education Strategy", international.gc.ca, Retrieved 2014-08-11
  9. ^ "LEGISinfo 39th Parliament - 1st Session". .parl.gc.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  10. ^ "Canadian Border Services Agency". cbsa-asfc.gc.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  11. ^ "New McCallum Road Interchange for Abbotsford". news.gov.bc.ca/. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  12. ^ "Construction Begins for Clearbrook Road Interchange". abbotsford.ca/. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  13. ^ "$30 Airport Project Takes Off". abbotsfordtimes.com. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  14. ^ "New Water Park Brings Out the Kid in Everyone". abbotsfordtimes.com. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  15. ^ "Mission Bridge rails to be raised for cyclist safety". burnabynow.com/. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  16. ^ "Ed Fast, Member of Parliament for Abbotsford". edfast/ca. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  17. ^ "House of Commons: Ending Alcohol-Impaired Driving: A Common Approach". parl.gc.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  18. ^ Mccarthy, Shawn. "The Globe and Mail - Canada forging trade links to Myanmar". The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Tory Minister Ed Fast Accused Of Making 'Gun' Gesture At NDP MP". huffingtonpost.ca. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  20. ^ "Tory Minister Ed Fast accused of threatening NDP MP after making ‘gun’ gesture in House of Commons". nationalpost.ca. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  21. ^ "Trade Minister Ed Fast accused of making 'gun' gesture at NDP MP Niki Ashton". cbc.ca. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  22. ^ "The House of Commons the Smoking Gun Video". youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 

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