Garnett Genuis

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Garnett Genuis

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded bydistrict created
Personal details
Born (1987-01-23) January 23, 1987 (age 32)[1]
Strathcona County, Alberta
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Rebecca Genuis
ChildrenGianna, Judah, Lilly, Phineas (Finn)
Alma materCarleton University (BA)
London School of Economics (MSc)

Garnett Genuis MP (born January 23, 1987) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan (in Alberta) in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Genuis was born in 1987[3] and grew up in Strathcona County, before moving to attend Carleton University in Ottawa. While there, he wrote a regular column for the Sherwood Park News as a political correspondent. Genuis’ experience helped him to obtain a position as assistant to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and advisor on the staff of former minister Rona Ambrose. Genuis then obtained a master's degree in public policy from the London School of Economics.[4] Afterwards, he moved to the private sector as the vice president of a national research firm.[5]

Genuis cites his grandparents as his primary political influences. His grandmother was a Holocaust survivor.[6] His grandfather, who became politically active in the 1980s, was an engineer for an oil company in Alberta.[7]

Genuis lives in Sherwood Park with his wife Rebecca, and their three children, Gianna, Judah, Lilly, and Phineas (Finn).[7][8] He has volunteered as a board member of the Saffron Sexual Assault Centre, a member of the Sherwood Park Rotary Club executive, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.[4]

Political career[edit]

Prior to running in the 2015 federal election, Genuis ran in the 2012 Alberta general election as the Wildrose MLA candidate for Sherwood Park. He lost to Progressive Conservative candidate Cathy Olesen.[9]

In March 2014, Genuis announced his intention to seek the Conservative nomination in the newly formed riding of Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan. He won the nomination in November 2014.[4]

Genuis won the federal election on October 19, 2015, capturing 64% of the votes in the riding [10] and becoming its Member of Parliament. In November 2015, Genuis was appointed deputy critic for Human Rights & Religious Freedom. He served under head critic David Anderson.[11] On August 30, 2017, he was made Deputy Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, after leaving his previous position.

In March 2016, Genuis was named one of the most outspoken MPs in the House of Commons by Maclean’s Magazine.[12] In November 2017, Genuis was named Maclean's Parliamentarian of the Year, based on a vote by members of the House of Commons. Genuis was the youngest recipient of the award.[13]

In a 2017 episode of the television series Political Blind Date, Genuis and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith discussed their differing perspectives on the legalization of marijuana in Canada.[14]

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Garnett Genuis 42,642 63.94 +14.48 $114,842.36
Liberal Rod Frank 13,615 20.42 +13.95 $23,559.35
New Democratic Joanne Cave 6,540 9.81 -1.42 $15,416.14
Green Brandie Harrop 1,648 2.47 -1.59 $3,796.57
Independent James Ford 1,563 2.34 -26.44 $5,420.41
Libertarian Stephen C. Burry 678 1.02 * $3,387.73
Total valid votes/Expense limit 66,686 100.00   $228,934.10
Total rejected ballots 180 0.27
Turnout 66,866 75.24
Eligible voters 88,876
Conservative hold Swing +0.27
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]
2012 Alberta general election: Sherwood Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Cathy Olesen 8,747 45.62 -17.52
Wildrose Garnett Genuis 5,948 31.02
Liberal Dave Anderson 1,837 9.58 -16.48
New Democratic Sarah Michelin 1,210 6.31 +0.18
Independent James Ford 1,064 5.55
Alberta Party Chris Kuchmak 230 1.20
Social Credit Gordon Barrett 137 0.71
Total valid votes 19,173
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 184
Registered electors / Turnout 30,851 62.74 +15.06
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -24.27
Source(s)
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results: Sherwood Park". Retrieved July 9, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garnett Genuis on Twitter: "#OTD in 2006, the @CPC_HQ defeated the incumbent Liberals winning a total of 124 seats in the House of Commons. It was also my 19th birthday - and I was definitely more excited about the election than I was about that event. #cdnpoli" Twitter.com
  2. ^ https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/riding-profile-sherwood-park-fort-saskatchewan
  3. ^ "PARLINFO - Parliamentarian File - Contact Information - GENUIS, Garnett". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  4. ^ a b c "Our Candidate". Garnett Genuis. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  5. ^ "Garnett Genuis | LinkedIn". ca.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2016-03-14.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Sherwood Park News - Sherwood_Park_News-1013". Virtual Paper. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  7. ^ a b "Garnett Genuis, "Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply" on Dec. 8th, 2015 | openparliament.ca". openparliament.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  8. ^ "Garnett Genuis (@GarnettGenuis) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  9. ^ "Wildrose candidate Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Par..." Sherwood Park News. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  10. ^ nurun.com. "Conservative Garnett Genuis wins local riding". Fort Saskatchewan Record. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  11. ^ nurun.com. "Local MP Genuis named deputy critic". Fort Saskatchewan Record. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  12. ^ "Figures of Speech". Macleans.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  13. ^ Wells, Paul (November 7, 2017). "Garnett Genuis: The 2017 Parliamentarian of the Year - Macleans.ca". Macleans.ca. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Political Blind Date series hopes opposites attract, or at least get along". Toronto Star, November 4, 2017.
  15. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  16. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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