|Lemieux (top left) in 2013|
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Don Boudria|
April 9, 1963 |
|Profession||consultant, mechanical engineer|
Pierre Lemieux (born on April 9, 1963 in Embrun, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is the MP for the riding of Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, first elected in Canada's 39th general election. He represents the Conservative Party of Canada. He is currently the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz.
Lemieux has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science from the Royal Military College of Canada. He has been a Professional Engineer since 1994 and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Lemieux served in the Canadian Forces for 20 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel . He then worked for a number of years in the Ottawa high tech sector, most notably for JDS Uniphase. He then started his own company, offering project management and consulting services to government departments and charitable organizations.
Lemieux was first elected on January 23, 2006 Canadian federal election that brought Stephen Harper's Conservatives into office with a minority government. Lemieux narrowly defeated Liberal René Berthiaume, becoming the Conservative MP for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell. It had been one of the longest held Liberal ridings in Eastern Ontario. The results were not entirely unexpected, however, as the region as a whole has been trending toward the Conservatives in recent years at the federal level. Lemieux improved his election results with larger margins of victory in 2008 and 2011.
In October 2007 Lemieux was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Deputy Government Whip. In November 2008 he was replaced as Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages by Manitoba Member of Parliament Shelly Glover and became Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz.
Views on abortion and marriage
Lemieux is a social conservative. The Campaign Life Coalition, a pro-life advocacy group, rates Lemieux as a "pro-life, pro-family" Member of Parliament. He voted in favour of Stephen Woodworth's Motion 312, which would have made Parliament study whether a child in the womb is a human being. He also voted against Bill C-279 (known as "The Bathroom Bill"), which would have allowed transgendered men to use women's washrooms. Furthermore, he spoke in favour of Mark Warawa's Motion 408, which asked that Parliament ban sex-selective abortions. Finally, in August 2014 Lemieux celebrated a British Columbia Catholic association's "pro life activism" with certificates from his office.
- "Harper Names Glover as a Parliamentary Secretary". Winnipeg Free Press, November 7, 2008. Access date November 22, 2008.
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- Pierre Lemieux – Parliament of Canada biography