Candice Bergen (politician)
|Opposition House Leader|
September 15, 2016
|Preceded by||Andrew Scheer|
|Official Opposition Critic for Natural Resources|
November 20, 2015 – September 14, 2016
|Preceded by||Guy Caron|
|Succeeded by||Mark Strahl|
|Minister of State for Social Development|
July 15, 2013 – November 4, 2015
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||None, office first created|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Yves Duclos|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety|
May 25, 2011 – July 15, 2013
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Dave MacKenzie|
|Succeeded by||Roxanne James|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
October 14, 2008
|Preceded by||Brian Pallister|
|Chair of the Standing Committee on
March 8, 2010 – June 20, 2011
|Preceded by||Dean Allison|
|Succeeded by||Ed Komarnicki|
|Born||Candice Marie Bergen
September 28, 1964
|Other names||Candice Hoeppner|
Candice Marie Bergen PC MP (born September 28, 1964) is a Canadian federal politician. She was previously Minister of State for Social Development, and Member of the Canadian Parliament in the Harper Government. 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. She is currently House Leader of the Official Opposition.
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.
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 of Canada). In fall 2011, Bergen was given the opportunity to chair a panel of MPs (one from each recognized party) for the selection of Supreme Court judges. Bergen was also a member of the legislative committee studying the controversial Bill C-18, an omnibus bill which would purportedly give marketing freedom to western grain farmers. Some farmers claim that the bill has had negative effects on the grain farmers it claimed to benefit. 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.
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.
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.
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. Bergen proceeded to make veiled threats towards those MPs who changed their votes. 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. 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.
In 2018, Bergen criticized Justin Trudeau and the liberal government during the Question Period after not ordering law enforcement to arrest Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi after admitting to be a member of the Islamic State group. She also called on Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to reveal whether the government knows where he is or not, but Goodale stated that it was the “opposition of keeping Canadians safe”.
On July 15, 2013, Bergen was appointed Minister of State (Social Development).
After Stephen Harper resigned as Conservative leader after the party became the Official Opposition after the 2015 election, Bergen, who was re-elected, announced that she would run for the interim leadership. Rona Ambrose was chosen instead.
In opposition, she served as the Official Opposition critic for Natural Resources from November 20, 2015 to September 15, 2016.
|Canadian federal election, 2015|
|New Democratic||Dean Harder||2,554||6.2||-3.6||–|
|Christian Heritage||Jerome Dondo||1,320||3.2||+0.9||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||41,187||100.0||$207,937.66|
|Total rejected ballots||159||0.25||-0.15|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Mohamed Alli||3,478||9.8||+2.5||–|
|Christian Heritage||Jerome Dondo||805||2.3||-0.5||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||35,399||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||147||0.4||0.0|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Mohamed Alli||2,353||7.3||-4.1||$2,873|
|Christian Heritage||Len Lodder||911||2.8||+0.1||$8,429|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||32,280||100.0||$83,296|
|Total rejected ballots||116||0.4||0.0|
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