|Gordon Brown, M.P.|
|Member of Parliament
August 31, 1960 |
Gordon "Gord" Brown (born August 31, 1960 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian politician. He is a current member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the Ontario riding of Leeds—Grenville as a Conservative member.
Elections, federal politics and committee work
He ran again in the 2004 federal election, following the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties as the new Conservative Party of Canada. This time, he defeated the Liberal incumbent Jordan by nearly 10,000 votes.
In the 38th Parliament, Brown was a member of the Heritage Committee and was Vice-Chair of the Ontario Caucus. He also sat on the Special Legislative Committee on Bill C-38.
He was re-elected in January 2006 and represented Leeds-Grenville in the 39th Parliament. As well as serving his constituency, he served on the Standing Committees for Canadian Heritage; Safety and Security; Human Resources, Social Development, and the Status of Persons With Disabilities.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper chose Brown to Chair the Special Committee that reviewed the Anti-Terrorism Act.
He was also chosen by Harper to Chair the Ontario Conservative Caucus. He was also a member of the Eastern Ontario Conservative Caucus.
Brown was a member of a number of Parliamentary Groups including: Canada-United States, Canada-China, Canada-Europe, Canada-Germany, Canada-Hong Kong, Canada-India, Canada-Ireland, Canada-Israel, Canada-Italy, Canada-Japan, Canada-NATO, and Canada-United Kingdom. In the winter of 2008 he was elected Chair of the Canada-Hong-Kong group.
Through the 39th Parliament, he was also a member of the following all-party Caucuses: Auto, Border Caucus, Energy Caucus, Grains and Oilseeds Caucus, Health Caucus, Intellectual Property Rights Caucus, Marine Caucus, Outdoors Caucus, Restaurant Caucus, Rural Caucus and Tourism Caucus.
Re-elected in October 2008 to represent Leeds-Grenville in the 40th Parliament, he is currently a Member of the Industry, Science and Technology Committee.
Private Members' Bills
Brown has introduced two Private Members' Bills in the House of Commons: C-393, also known as the Knife Bill, which passed Second Reading and was at committee when the House dissolved, and C-542, which would provide for Employment Insurance Benefits for working parents of critically ill children.
Brown graduated from Gananoque Secondary School and Carleton University - B.A. (Hons) - Political Science.
Active in sports, Brown was a Canadian Kayaking Champion with the Gananoque Canoe Club and competed internationally and also competed in the World Championship in 1988. Currently he plays hockey in the winter and enjoys golf and kayaking in the summer.
Prior to entering federal politics, Brown was a Gananoque town councillor; President of the 1000 Islands-Gananoque Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission(operators of Fort Henry, Upper Canada Village and other attractions).
He has been an active member of federal and provincial Conservative associations since his youth and was President of the local Progressive Conservative Association before running for federal office. He left the Progressive Conservatives for the Canadian Alliance in 2000.
He was active in the movement to unite Conservatives across Canada.
Brown spearheaded efforts to extend Employment Insurance benefits to parents of critically ill children. His private members bill to do that became law as part of Bill C-44 in 2012. Another private members bill to change the name of the St. Lawrence Islands National Park of Canada to Thousand Islands National Park of Canada became law in 2013
Brown has two sons Tristan and Chance.
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