|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Roger Valley|
|Minister of Natural Resources|
March 19, 2014
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Joe Oliver|
September 24, 1967 |
Rickford was elected to represent the Ontario electoral district of Kenora in the 2008 federal election and re-elected in the 2011 election. He has previously served as the Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario) and as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs.
Prior to entering electoral politics, Rickford worked as a nurse and lawyer in the remote First Nations communities of the Kenora District. Rickford holds degrees in common and civil law from McGill University and an MBA from Laval University. He made improving economic and infrastructure conditions for First Nations in the area one of his central campaign themes.
A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rickford is the first Conservative MP elected in the Kenora riding, and the first centre-right MP to represent the Kenora area since 1921. He is a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. Rickford also chaired the All Party Tourism Caucus for the 40th Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Rickford to become Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages on August 30, 2010. On January 30, 2011, Rickford was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
On July 15, 2013, he was appointed the Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario).
- "Mission Impossible - accomplished", Kenora Daily Miner, October 15, 2008.
- "Rickford appointed new Minister of State for Science and Technology", Brantford Expositor, July 15, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
- Josh Wingrove, Steven Chase, Bill Curry And Shawn McCarthy (March 19, 2014). "New Finance Minister Joe Oliver enters with a whisper". The Globe and Mail.
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