Gar Knutson

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Gar Knutson

Secretary of State for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East
In office
2002–2003
Preceded byNew position
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Minister of State for New and Emerging Markets
In office
2003–2004
Preceded byNew position
Succeeded byposition abolished
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
1998–2000
Preceded byRey Pagtakhan
Succeeded byJoe Jordan
Member of Parliament
for Elgin—Norfolk
In office
1993–1996
Preceded byKen Monteith
Succeeded byRiding abolished
Member of Parliament
for Elgin—Middlesex—London
In office
1996–2004
Preceded byNew riding
Succeeded byJoe Preston
Personal details
Born (1956-05-04) May 4, 1956 (age 64)
Toronto, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
Professionlawyer

Thomas Garfield "Gar" Knutson, PC (born May 4, 1956) is a lawyer and former member of the Parliament of Canada, as well as a former cabinet minister.

Knutson holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Windsor. He attended high school at the Jesuit Brebeuf College School in Toronto.

In the 1993 federal election, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Elgin—Norfolk riding as a candidate representing the Liberal Party. He was re-elected in the 1997 and 2000 elections to the reorganised riding of Elgin—Middlesex—London.

He was Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien from 2000 to 2002. In 2002, he was named Secretary of State for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and served as Minister of State for International Trade from 2003 to 2004. He was defeated by the Conservative candidate Joe Preston in the 2004 election. Shortly afterwards, Knutson joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada's largest law firm, practicing in the area of government relations and public policy.

Knutson attempted to stage a political comeback in the 2007 Federal Liberal nomination in the riding of Ottawa—Orléans, but lost to former MP Marc Godbout.

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