Brad Trost

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Brad Trost
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saskatoon—University
Saskatoon—Humboldt (2004–2015)
Assumed office
June 28, 2004
Preceded by Jim Pankiw
Personal details
Born Bradley Ryan Trost
(1974-05-15) May 15, 1974 (age 42)
Langenburg, Saskatchewan, Canada
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Gerelt (m. 2012)[citation needed]
Residence Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Profession Politician
Religion Baptist/Mennonite[citation needed]

Bradley Ryan "Brad" Trost MP (born May 15, 1974) is a Conservative Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Saskatoon—University. Trost is campaigning to be Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.[1] Before being elected, Trost worked as an exploration and mining geophysicist. Trost holds a B.Sc. in Geophysics and a B.A. in Economics, both from the University of Saskatchewan. He married in August 2012.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

In 2004, in what was the closest four-way race in the country, Trost received 417 more votes than second place candidate, the New Democratic Party's (NDP) Nettie Wiebe, 435 votes ahead of the third place candidate, Liberal Patrick Wolfe, and 2368 votes ahead of former Canadian Alliance Member of Parliament Jim Pankiw.

In the federal election on October 19, 2015, Brad Trost was elected in the new urban riding of Saskatoon-University with 41.5% of the vote. Trost was re-elected, in 2006, 2008, and 2011 earning between 50–53% of the vote defeating the second place NDP, and the third place Liberals in Saskatoon-Humboldt in each election.

Parliament activity[edit]

Trost is the Conservative Critic for Canada/U.S. Relations. He was named to the position by Interim Leader Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Opposition.

Trost has been an outspoken critic of moves toward a carbon tax, arguing that such a tax kills jobs and blocks job creation. In a series of House of Commons Order Paper Questions, Trost questioned the benefits of a carbon tax and raised concerns as to its effects on Canada's economy.[3]

Brad served as a member on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources. He has also served as a member of the International Trade Committee and before that, the Industry Committee. He is the founder of the Conservative Party's Energy Caucus and is a member of the Pro-Life Caucus. He has also served as an elected vice-chair of the Canada-U.S. Parliamentary Association.

In the 40th Parliament Trost introduced private members legislation into the House of Commons that would open the Canadian uranium mining sector to increased foreign investment.

As a Member of the Standing Committee on International Trade Trost was an outspoken supporter of the Canada–Colombia Free Trade Agreement.[4]


Trost has been noted for publicly taking fiscally and socially conservative stances. In July 2016, Trost took definitive positions on everything from taxes, deficit financing and a carbon tax to legalization of marijuana and transgender bathrooms.[5]

IIn July 2009, Trost criticized his own government's funding of Toronto Pride Week under the $100 million Marquee Tourism Events stimulus program.[6]

In November 2009, Trost launched a petition to stop the federal government's funding of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). According to Trost's petition, the IPPF "promotes the establishment of abortion as an international human right and lobbies aggressively to impose permissive abortion laws on developing nations."[7] During the 2011 federal election campaign, Trost made news when he spoke at a Saskatchewan Pro-life Association convention and noted to the audience that the government had not renewed funding to Planned Parenthood over the previous year and urged continued support for their defunding.[8]

In September 2011, Trost publicly voiced his anger at the federal government's decision to fund the International Planned Parenthood Federation. He said that Conservative MPs' requests that the Prime Minister's Office cease funding have been ignored.[9]

In January 2012, Trost criticized the strict party discipline imposed upon Conservative MPs, saying it stifled debate and independent thought.[10]

Trost argued unsuccessfully at the 2016 Conservative policy convention to retain the party's definition of marriage as "the Union of one man and one woman".[11][12] At the same convention, Trost compared the "equality" arguments in favour of gay marriage to the redistribution equality arguments used to support socialism.[13]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Saskatoon—University
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Brad Trost 18,592 41.5 -7.1
New Democratic Claire Card 14,115 31.5 -6.5
Liberal Cynthia Marie Block 11,287 25.2 +15.59
Green Valerie Harvey 686 1.5 -1.42
Rhinoceros Eric Matthew Schalm 93 0.2 -0.68
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $191,532.44
Total rejected ballots
Eligible voters 55,219
Conservative hold Swing -6.8
Source: Elections Canada[14][15]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Saskatoon—Humboldt
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Brad Trost 19,954 52.7 -1.1 $61,713
New Democratic Denise Kouri 13,271 35.1 +7.3 $72,371
Liberal Darren Hill 3,013 8.0 -4.0 $45,694
Green Sandra Finley 926 2.4 -4.0 $5,443
Independent Jim Pankiw 682 1.8
Total valid votes/Expense limit 37,846 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 106 0.3 +0.1
Turnout 37,952 67.7 +6.2
Eligible voters 56,047
Canadian federal election, 2008: Saskatoon—Humboldt
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Brad Trost 18,610 53.8 +4.7 $57,441
New Democratic Scott Ruston 9,632 27.8 -1.7 $43,654
Liberal Karen Parhar 4,135 12.0 -4.9 $27,728
Green Jean-Pierre Ducasse 2,211 6.4 +2.7 $5,910
Total valid votes/Expense limit 34,588 100.0   $80,987
Total rejected ballots 83 0.2 0.0
Turnout 34,671 61.5 -5
Canadian federal election, 2006: Saskatoon—Humboldt
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Brad Trost 18,285 49.1 +22.4 $70,424
New Democratic Andrew Mason 10,975 29.5 +3.9 $51,091
Liberal Peter Stroh 6,281 16.9 -8.6 $44,850
Green Mike Jones 1,382 3.7 +1.8 $1,814
Independent Tim Nyborg 342 0.9 $1,160
Total valid votes 37,265 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 90 0.2 0.0
Turnout 37,355 67 +4
Canadian federal election, 2004: Saskatoon—Humboldt
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Brad Trost 9,444 26.7 -23.0 $61,922
New Democratic Nettie Wiebe 9,027 25.6 -0.9 $58,415
Liberal Patrick Wolfe 9,009 25.5 +3.8 $66,060
Independent Jim Pankiw 7,076 20.0 $73,828
Green Ron Schriml 680 1.9 +0.6 $25
Independent Larry Zarysky 71 0.2 $2,594
Total valid votes 35,307 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 66 0.2 0.0
Turnout 35,373 63 -1


  1. ^ Fekete, Jason (August 16, 2016). "Social conservative MP Brad Trost joins federal Conservative leadership race, will defend party's right flank". National Post. Postmedia. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  2. ^ "About Brad". Brad Trost M.P. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Notice Paper". Parliamentary Business. House of Commons of Canada. May 9, 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Brad Trost:Free Trade for Colombia". National Post. CanWest. April 29, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  5. ^ Warmington, Joe (July 28, 2016). "'God put conservatives on earth to stop taxes everywhere, forever': Brad Trost". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Postmedia. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  6. ^ ”Contributions and Recipients”,Industry Canada website list of recipients of the MarqueeTourism Events Program
  7. ^ Warmington, Joe (November 4, 2009). "Sask. MP Trost launches petition against funding of planned parenthood group". The StarPhoenix. CanWest. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  8. ^ Warren, Jeremy (April 21, 2011). "Trost under fire over Planned Parenthood remarks". The StarPhoenix. CanWest. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  9. ^ Galloway, Gloria. "Backbench Tory breaks ranks, vows aggressive stand against abortion". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Warick, Jason (January 31, 2012). "Tory MP Trost questions 'ironclad' party discipline". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  11. ^ "'God put conservatives on earth to stop taxes everywhere, forever': Brad Trost". July 28, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Trost enters Tory race as eyes turn to MacKay", National Post, August 17, 2016
  13. ^ "'This MP Had The Best Reaction To Her Colleague Comparing Gay Marriage To Socialism'". BuzzFeed News. May 27, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Saskatoon—University, 30 September 2015
  15. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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