Harold Albrecht

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Harold Glenn Albrecht
MP
Harold Albrecht, MP.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kitchener—Conestoga
Incumbent
Assumed office
2006
Preceded by Lynn Myers
Personal details
Born (1949-10-15) October 15, 1949 (age 64)
Kitchener, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Betty Albrecht, 1952 - 2011

Darlene McLean, 2013 - present

Residence Petersburg, Ontario
Profession Dentist, farmer
Religion Brethren in Christ

Harold Glenn Albrecht (born October 15, 1949 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Conservative Party of Canada in the riding of Kitchener—Conestoga.[1] He defeated the incumbent Liberal MP, Lynn Myers, by just over 1000 votes in the 2006 federal election to gain a seat in the Canadian House of Commons.

Early years[edit]

Albrecht grew up in the riding in which he was elected and was educated in Waterloo Region at Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School, and then at Waterloo Lutheran University (which is now Wilfrid Laurier University).

Before politics[edit]

He owned a private dental practice in Kitchener for twenty-seven years and was also a trustee on the Waterloo County Board of Education from 1978 to 1982, as well as being the Chair of the Board from 1981 to 1982. In his dentistry career, he also went on many short-term Christian missions trips to Third World countries.

In 1999, Albrecht left his dentistry practice to pastor Pathway Community Church in the Doon area of Kitchener. The church started meeting in November of that year, with a small congregation of around 70 people. It also became the third Brethren in Christ church in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Albrecht pastored the church until 2005, when he announced a leave of absence to seek the Conservative Party nomination in his riding. When he won the nomination, he permanently resigned his leadership position from the Church.

Federal politics[edit]

In Ottawa, Albrecht is the founder and chair of the BioCaucus, a group of MPs who work to promote the production of agricultural and renewable technologies. He sits on the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development committee, the Government Operations and Estimates committee, as well as the standing committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.[2]

Albrecht favours reforming Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act. In particular, he would like to see stiffer sentences for young offenders who commit violent crimes. His interest was sparked by the Justice for Dustin Campaign-an endeavour by the family of a murdered Kitchener teen to see stricter sentences for violent young offenders.[citation needed]

He is also currently the chair of the Canadian-Armenian Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Personal life[edit]

Albrecht owns a hobby farm in between Petersburg and New Dundee, and he and his wife Betty were married for seven weeks less than 40 years. They have three children and nine grandchildren. On the night of May 2, 2011 Harold's wife suffered a brain hemorrhage while they were preparing for his election victory party, and died two days later in hospital.[3] In July 2013 Harold married Darlene McLean.

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