Bev Shipley

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Bevin T. Shipley
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lambton–Kent–Middlesex
Assumed office
January 23, 2006
Preceded by Rose-Marie Ur
Chair of the Standing Committee on
In office
24 October 2013 – August 2, 2015
Minister Gerry Ritz
Preceded by Merv Tweed
Succeeded by Pat Finnigan
Personal details
Born (1947-06-22) June 22, 1947 (age 69)
Middlesex Centre, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Barb Shipley
Residence Middlesex, Ontario
Profession farmer
Religion Evangelical Christianity (Community Bible Church)

Bevin T. "Bev" Shipley (born June 22, 1947 in Middlesex Centre, Ontario) is a farmer and Conservative Party politician in Ontario, Canada. He was first elected as Member of Parliament for the Lambton—Kent—Middlesex electoral district in 2006.

Shipley ran in the 2004 election for the Conservatives in Lambton—Kent—Middlesex but lost to incumbent Rose-Marie Ur of the Liberal Party of Canada by only 164 votes. After Ur did not seek re-election in 2006, Shipley won the seat handily with almost 58% of the vote.[1]

Political Life[edit]

Shipley has championed various agriculture-related causes during his time in Parliament, including his Prime Member's Motion M-460.[2] The motion called on Parliament to streamline the fertilizer regulations and approval processes with the United States. It has influenced sections of Bill C-18: Agricultural Growth Act.[3] Shipley also introduced a second Private Members’ Motion M-382 on Religious Freedom. It passed by unanimous consent in the House of Commons and backed the creation of the Office of Religious Freedom.[4]

Shipley was chosen in 2011 by the Prime Minister to chair the South West Ontario Conservative Regional Caucus. He sat as a member on many standing committees, including Public Accounts and International Trade. In October 2013, he was elected as Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food.[5] The committee was involved in various studies, including Bill C-30: Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act and Bill C-18: Agricultural Growth Act. The committee also conducted a study of the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA).[6]

Personal life[edit]

Shipley has lived in Middlesex County his entire life.[7] His interest in agriculture stems from having taken over his family farm. A graduate of the Centralia College of Agricultural Technology,[8] Shipley was elected as a councilor in Lobo Township in 1986 and as the Warden of Middlesex County in 1995. He was also the mayor of Middlesex Centre for six years.

Shipley is married to Barb Shipley (née: Stewart) and has three children. His father-in-law is Bill Stewart, former Minister of Agriculture for the Province of Ontario (1961–1975).


  1. ^ "Open Parliament-Bev Shipley". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "House Publications". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Legislative Summaries". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Motions". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bev Shipley About". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "House Publications". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bev SHipley Bio Video". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bev Shipley Bio Page". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 

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