Ed Fast

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Edward D. Fast
Ed Fast Headshot
Shadow Minister of Finance
In office
February 22, 2022 – May 18, 2022
LeaderCandice Bergen
Preceded byPierre Poilievre
Succeeded byPierre Poilievre
In office
February 10, 2021 – November 9, 2021
LeaderErin O'Toole
Preceded byPierre Poilievre
Succeeded byPierre Poilievre
Minister of International Trade
In office
May 18, 2011 – November 4, 2015
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byPeter Van Loan
Succeeded byChrystia Freeland
Member of Parliament
for Abbotsford
Assumed office
January 23, 2006
Preceded byRandy White
Personal details
Born (1955-06-18) June 18, 1955 (age 68)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Political partyConservative
SpouseAnnette Fast
ResidenceAbbotsford, British Columbia[1]
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia (BA, LLB)

Edward D. "Ed" Fast PC QC MP (born June 18, 1955) is a Canadian politician who has served as the member of Parliament (MP) for Abbotsford since 2006. A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, he was Minister for International Trade and Minister for the Asia–Pacific Gateway from 2011 to 2015 under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ed Fast moved to and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982, Fast co-founded the law firm currently known as Linley Welwood. He was elected in 1985 and served two terms as an Abbotsford School Board Trustee. He was elected to Abbotsford City Council in 1996 and served for three 3-year terms. During that time, he served as Deputy Mayor and as Chair of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Commission.

Federal politics[edit]

In government[edit]

Fast won the 2006 federal election with 63.27% of the vote as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Abbotsford on January 23, 2006. During his first term, Fast was appointed to the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and the Standing Committee for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Fast was also the Chair of the B.C. Conservative caucus.[citation needed]

In 2006, Fast introduced Private Member's Bill C-277 which doubles from 5 to 10 years in prison the maximum sentence for luring a child over the internet for sexual purposes. The Bill received royal assent on June 22, 2007. Only 2% of private member's bills are ever passed into law.[2]

In the 2008 federal election, Fast received 30,853 votes, 63.3% of the total in Abbotsford.[3] He served as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and as a member of the Copyright Modernization Committee.[4] In May 2009, Fast introduced a motion in the House of Commons to rename the Huntingdon border crossing to "Abbotsford-Huntingdon Port of Entry". The official renaming took place on May 28, 2010, preserving the historical significance of the "Huntingdon" name while at the same time more accurately reflecting the location of the border crossing within the Fraser Valley.[5]

From 2009–2011, Fast was the Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights.[6]

Minister of International Trade[edit]

Fast was re-elected in the 2011 federal election with 32,493 votes, representing 65% of the popular vote. On May 18, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed Fast to Cabinet to serve as Canada's Minister of International Trade.[7]

Fast oversaw the negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union,[8] which some saw as a giveaway to big pharma.[9] As part of the newly-elected Liberal government in 2015, Fast's immediate successor Chrystia Freeland one year later finalized the negotiations which had been ongoing since 2009.[10]

Fast was also responsible for the Canada-China Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments Agreement, which was signed in 2012 and came into force on 1 October 2014.[11] This agreement ties Canada "to the terms... for a minimum of 31 years."[12]

On 3 December 2014 Fast announced that the Canada–Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA), Canada's first free trade agreement in the Asia–Pacific region, had received royal assent.[13]

In November 2013, Fast announced the Government of Canada's Global Markets Action Plan, a plan focusing on "Canada's core strengths in priority markets through bold trade policy and vigorous trade promotion".[7][14] He also released Canada's first International Education Strategy, a part of the Global Markets Action Plan, in order to attract international talent.[15] The CBIE termed it an "ambitious strategy, with a goal to double the number of international students choosing to study here (in Canada) by 2022."[16]

On 9 April 2014, rising on a point of order, New Democratic Party MP Dan Harris accused Fast of making a gun gesture and saying "boom" in the direction of another New Democrat, Niki Ashton, during Question Period.[17] Fast denied the claim and asserted that he was pointing in the direction of Andrew Scheer, the Speaker of the House of Commons.[18] Video from the House of Commons shows Fast making a pointing gesture.[19] After the video circulated, Minister Fast acknowledged that he had made a pointing gesture with his hand, but said that his hand gesture was misinterpreted.[20]

Social Issues[edit]


Ed Fast is anti-abortion. Fast is a volunteer and member of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC).[21] Fast voted in support of Bill C-233 - An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sex-selective abortion), which would restrict abortion access, making it a criminal offence for a medical practitioner to perform an abortion sought solely on the grounds of the child's genetic sex.[22] Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada describes him as an anti-abortion Member of Parliament.[23]

Conversion therapy[edit]

On June 22, 2021, Fast was one of 63 MPs to vote against Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy), which was passed by majority vote, making certain aspects of conversion therapy a crime, including "causing a child to undergo conversion therapy."[clarification needed][24]

In opposition[edit]

42nd Canadian Parliament[edit]

Following the Harper government's defeat in 2015, Fast served in the shadow cabinets of Rona Ambrose and Andrew Scheer as the critic to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

43rd Canadian Parliament[edit]

After being re-elected in 2019, Fast declined reappointment to Scheer's shadow cabinet. Scheer was later removed from leadership and replaced by Erin O'Toole, who on 11 February 2021 appointed Fast as his Finance critic. He replaced Pierre Poilievre who became critic for Jobs and Industry.[25]

44th Canadian Parliament[edit]

Fast was for a brief time a member of the Industry and Technology committee, before he was appointed on 28 February 2022 by new interim CPC leader Candice Bergen to the Finance committee.[26] He resigned as Shadow Finance Minister after criticizing Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre's plan to fire Bank of Canada director Tiff Macklem, if elected.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Ed and his wife Annette have lived in Abbotsford for over 40 years and have four adult daughters and twelve grandchildren.[28] In December 2016, Fast suffered a stroke, but recovered.[29]

Electoral record[edit]

2021 Canadian federal election: Abbotsford
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 21,597 47.94 –3.46
Liberal Navreen Gill 10,907 24.21 +2.61
New Democratic Dharmasena Yakandawela 7,729 17.16 +0.26
People's Kevin Sinclair 3,300 7.33 +5.33
Green Stephen Fowler 1,517 3.37 –4.23
Total valid votes 45,050 100.00
Total rejected ballots 370 0.81 –0.01
Turnout 45,420 59.62 –6.28
Registered voters 76,186
Conservative hold Swing –3.04
Source: Elections Canada[30]
2019 Canadian federal election: Abbotsford
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 25,162 51.4 +3.13 $70,532.49
Liberal Seamus Heffernan 10,560 21.6 −11.46 $22,436.34
New Democratic Madeleine Sauve 8,257 16.9 +3.29 none listed
Green Stephen Fowler 3,702 7.6 +3.32 $575.00
People's Locke Duncan 985 2.0 $4,252.19
Christian Heritage Aeriol Alderking 270 0.6 none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit 48,936 100.0
Total rejected ballots 403 0.82 +0.40
Turnout 49,339 65.9 −3.84
Eligible voters 74,814
Conservative hold Swing +7.29
Source: Elections Canada[31][32]
2015 Canadian federal election: Abbotsford
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 23,229 48.27 -18.61 $76,055.10
Liberal Peter Njenga 15,777 32.78 +24.08 $14,078.53
New Democratic Jen Martel 6,593 13.70 -5.54 $11,592.31
Green Stephen Fowler 2,416 5.02 +0.37 $2,578.52
Marxist–Leninist David MacKay 109 0.23 -0.30
Total valid votes/expense limit 48,124 100.00   $202,055.26
Total rejected ballots 202 0.42
Turnout 48,326 69.74
Eligible voters 69,299
Conservative hold Swing -21.35
Source: Elections Canada[33][34][35]
2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 32,493 65.02 +1.70
New Democratic David Murray 10,089 20.19 +6.97
Liberal Madeleine Hardin 4,968 9.94 -6.34
Green Daniel Bryce 2,138 4.28 -2.17
Marxist–Leninist David MacKay 286 0.57
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,974 100.00
Total rejected ballots 225 0.45 -0.07
Turnout 50,199 59.67 +0.67
Conservative hold Swing -2.6%
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 30,853 63.32 +0.05 $79,097
Liberal Lionel Traverse 7,933 16.28 +3.61 $63,013
New Democratic Bonnie Rai 6,444 13.22 -3.75 $4,907
Green Karen Durant 3,141 6.45 +0.64 $833
Marijuana Tim Felger 358 0.73 +0.03
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,729 100.00 $86,855
Total rejected ballots 256 0.52
Turnout 48,985 59.00 -1.69
Conservative hold Swing +1.9
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 29,825 63.27 +1.90 $68,269
New Democratic Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson 8,004 16.97 +3.34 $6,955
Liberal David Oliver* 5,976 12.67 -7.27 $22,258
Green Stephanie Ashley-Pryce 2,740 5.81 +2.93
Marijuana Tim Felger 334 0.70 -0.13
Canadian Action Richard Gebert 173 0.36 $80
Marxist–Leninist David S. MacKay 86 0.18 +0.08
Total valid votes 47,138 100.00
Total rejected ballots 183 0.39
Turnout 47,321 60.69
Conservative hold Swing -0.72


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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by Member of Parliament
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Predecessor Office Successor
John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs
Rob Nicholson
Peter Van Loan Minister of International Trade
Chrystia Freeland