Greg Rickford

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The Honourable
Greg Rickford
PC
Minister of Natural Resources
In office
March 19, 2014 – November 4, 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Joe Oliver
Succeeded by Jim Carr
Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor)
In office
July 15, 2013 – November 4, 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Tony Clement
Succeeded by Position Abolished
Minister of State for Science and Technology
In office
July 15, 2013 – March 19, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Gary Goodyear
Succeeded by Ed Holder
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs
In office
January 30, 2011 – July 15, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Succeeded by Mark Strahl
Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages
In office
August 30, 2010 – January 30, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kenora
In office
October 14, 2008 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Roger Valley
Succeeded by Bob Nault
Personal details
Born (1967-09-24) September 24, 1967 (age 49)
Paris, Ontario, Canada
Political party Conservative
Alma mater McGill University
Université Laval
Victoria University
Mohawk College

Greg Rickford, PC, (born September 24, 1967) is a former Canadian politician, who served as the Minister of Natural Resources in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was elected to the House of Commons in the 2008 federal election[1] and representd the electoral district of Kenora as a member of the Conservative Party until his defeat by Liberal candidate Bob Nault in the 2015 election.

Life and career[edit]

Rickford was born in Paris, Ontario on September 24, 1967. He has worked as a nurse and lawyer in the remote First Nations communities of the Kenora District.[2] Rickford holds degrees in common and civil law from McGill University, an MBA from Université Laval, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Victoria University and a Diploma in Nursing from Mohawk College.[citation needed]

Politics[edit]

Rickford was elected to represent the Ontario electoral district of Kenora in the 2008 federal election and re-elected in the 2011 election.

A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rickford was the first Conservative MP elected in the Kenora riding, and the first centre-right MP to represent the Kenora area since 1921.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Rickford to become Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages on August 30, 2010.

On January 30, 2011, Rickford was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

On July 15, 2013, he was appointed the Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario).[3]

On March 19, 2014, he was appointed to succeed Joe Oliver as Minister of Natural Resources.[4]

He was defeated in the October 19, 2015 Canadian federal election by Bob Nault. Nault had represented the predecessor riding of Kenora-Rainy River from 1988 until 2004, when he chose not to run in the 2004 Canadian federal election.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Kenora
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 10,898 35.39
New Democratic Howard Hampton 10,379 33.71
Conservative Greg Rickford 8,760 28.45
Green Ember C. McKilop 501 1.63
Independent Kelvin Boucher-Chicago 162 0.53
Total valid votes 30,791 100.00
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Greg Rickford 11,567 47.05 +6.59
New Democratic Tania Cameron 6,855 27.88 +4.65
Liberal Roger Valley 5,381 21.89 -9.74
Green Mike Schwindt 636 2.59 -2.09
Independent Kelvin Chicago-Boucher 147 0.60
Total valid votes 24,586 100.00
Total rejected ballots 120 0.49 +0.09
Turnout 24,706 60.38 +5.01
Eligible voters 40,917
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Greg Rickford 9,395 40.46 +9.47 $80,724
Liberal Roger Valley 7,344 31.63 -4.89 $63,788
New Democratic Tania Cameron 5,394 23.23 -6.72 $59,298
Green JoJo Holiday 1,087 4.68 +2.14 $362
Total valid votes/Expense limit 23,220 100.00 $90,484
Total rejected ballots 94 0.40 +0.09
Turnout 23,314 55.37 -8.11
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -7.18

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