Gar Knutson

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The Honourable
Gar Knutson
Secretary of State for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East
In office
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by Position abolished
Minister of State for New and Emerging Markets
In office
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by position abolished
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
Preceded by Rey Pagtakhan
Succeeded by Joe Jordan
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Elgin—Norfolk
In office
Preceded by Ken Monteith
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Elgin—Middlesex—London
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Joe Preston
Personal details
Born (1956-05-04) May 4, 1956 (age 61)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Profession lawyer

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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