Colin Mayes

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Colin N. Mayes
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Okanagan—Shuswap
In office
January 23,2006 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Darrel Stinson
Succeeded by Mel Arnold
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Aboriginal Affairs
In office
10 May 2006 – 12 November 2007
Minister Jim Prentice
Chuck Strahl
Preceded by Maurice Vellacott
Succeeded by Barry Devolin
Personal details
Born (1948-04-11) April 11, 1948 (age 67)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jacquie Mayes
Residence Vernon, British Columbia
Profession trucker, small business owner

Colin N. Mayes, (born April 11, 1948 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a Canadian politician and was the Member of Parliament for the riding of Okanagan—Shuswap from 2006 to 2015. In the 2006 federal election, he ran as a member of the Conservative Party and won with 44.86% of the vote. Prior to being elected to the Canadian House of Commons, he was elected mayor of Dawson City, Yukon and Salmon Arm, British Columbia. He was a nominated candidate for both the Yukon Conservative Party and the Reform Party of British Columbia. He ran a trucking enterprise in the Yukon, owned a grocery store, and also worked in business development.

Colin Mayes is the chair of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the aforementioned committee. He is also a member of the Liaison Committee and the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Mayes was the subject of minor controversy when it was reported he had responded to a privately e-mailed racist joke with the comment "good joke".[1]

Mayes voiced his support for private member's bill, motion 312, which would have Canada reexamine at what point human life begins.[2]

He did not run for re-election in 2015 and retired from parliament.


  1. ^ | News | Tory MP criticized over 'Tonto' joke
  2. ^ Wherry, Aaron. "Maclean' - Motion 312 comes to a vote". Maclean' Maclean' Retrieved September 29, 2012. 

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