Greg Rickford

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The Honourable
Greg Rickford
PC, MP
Minister of Natural Resources
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 19, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Joe Oliver
Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor)
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 15, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Tony Clement
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 Parliament
for Kenora
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 14, 2008
Preceded by Roger Valley
Personal details
Born (1967-09-24) September 24, 1967 (age 47)
Paris, Ontario, Canada
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Janet Rickford
Alma mater McGill University
Université Laval
Victoria University
Mohawk College

Greg Rickford, PC, (born September 24, 1967) is a Canadian politician serving 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 represents the electoral district of Kenora as a member of the Conservative Party.

Life and career[edit]

Greg was born in Paris, Ontario on September 24, 1967. He is married to Janet Rickford, and they have two daughters Abigail Mae and Poppy Kate.

Greg 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]

Greg 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 is 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]

Electoral record[edit]

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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