Candice Bergen (politician)

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The Honourable
Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen 2014.jpg
Minister of State for Social Development
Assumed office
July 15, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by None, office first created
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety
In office
May 25, 2011 – July 15, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Dave MacKenzie
Succeeded by Roxanne James
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Portage—Lisgar
Assumed office
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Human Resources
In office
March 8, 2010 – June 20, 2011
Minister Diane Finley
Preceded by Dean Allison
Succeeded by Ed Komarnicki
Preceded by Brian Pallister
Personal details
Born (1964-09-28) September 28, 1964 (age 50)
Morden, Manitoba
Political party Conservative Party of Canada

Candice Marie Bergen, PC, MP (born September 28, 1964) is a Canadian federal politician, Minister of State for Social Development, and Member of the Canadian Parliament. She has represented the Manitoba riding of Portage—Lisgar in the House of Commons since her election in 2008 and is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Elected under the name Candice Hoeppner, Ms. Bergen announced on September 17, 2012 that she would resume her birth name of Bergen.[1][2]


Bergen was born in Morden, Manitoba. She previously worked in the financial planning industry. In 2004, she was the Manitoba campaign manager for Stephen Harper's leadership bid for the Conservative Party of Canada. She has acted as an advisor to several Members of Parliament, and served as chief organizer for the Conservative Party in Manitoba.

Political career[edit]

On November 19, 2008, Bergen introduced the motion in the House of Commons to accept the Speech from the throne (the traditional speech in which the Governor General outlines the government's agenda at the start of a new Parliament). In fall 2011, Bergen was given the opportunity to chair a panel of MP’s (one from each recognized party) for the selection of Supreme Court judges. Bergen was also a member of the legislative committee studying Bill C-18 which would give marketing freedom to western grain farmers. Previously, Bergen served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. She was the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee for the Status of Women and sat on the House of Commons Standing Committee for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Additionally, she has been a member of the Liaison Committee as well as the Panel of Legislative Committee Chairs.[3]

Bergen has been involved in several special Parliamentary groups. She was on the Executive on the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group. She is also the former Chair of the Canada-Australia-New Zealand Parliamentary Friendship Group, in addition to sitting on a number of other parliamentary groups.[3]

On May 15, 2009, Bergen introduced Bill C-391, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act, which would repeal the long-gun registry. On November 4, 2009, Bill C-391 passed second reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 164 to 137.[4] When the bill was studied by the standing Committee of Public Safety and National Security, many different groups including police officers both serving and retired spoke out in support of Bill C-391.

On September 22, 2010, a Liberal motion to kill debate on Bill C-391 was passed 153-151, after six NDP MPs who backed Bergen's bill changed their votes, along with several Liberal MPs, enough to ensure the passage of the motion, keeping the registry alive.[5] On May 2, 2011, at the 41st Canadian General Election, Bergen was returned as Member of Parliament for Portage and Lisgar with 76.0 per cent of the vote, her closest rival winning only 9.8 per cent.[6] On May 25, 2011, Bergen was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety. In her role as Parliamentary Secretary, Bergen had the opportunity to work alongside the Minister of Public Safety on the Government Bill C-19, Ending the Long Gun Registry Act which became law on April 5, 2012.[3]

On July 15, 2013, Bergen was appointed Minister of State (Social Development).[7]


  1. ^ Candice Bergen MP profile - Parliament of Canada
  2. ^ "Parliament's Candice Bergen." CBC News, September 17, 2012
  3. ^ a b c Candice Bergen official website: About Candice. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  4. ^ "MPs vote to abolish long-gun registry". CBC News, November 5, 2009.
  5. ^ "Long-gun registry survives tight Commons vote". Toronto Star, September 22, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  6. ^ The Western Canadian, May 3, 2011, p1.
  7. ^ "Harper adds 8 new faces in major cabinet shakeup". CBC News, July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.

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