|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Roger Valley|
|Born||September 24, 1967
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 for Science and Technology.
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