Laurie D. Hawn
|Member of Parliament
for Edmonton Centre
|Preceded by||Anne McLellan|
May 11, 1947 |
|Profession||Military officer, Businessman|
Laurie Daniel Hawn PC CD (born May 11, 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force, later the Canadian Forces Air Command, businessman, and federal politician from Edmonton, Alberta. He was the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 2006 until 2015. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence from October 10, 2007 until May 24, 2011.
Hawn announced in March 2014 that he was not running for re-election.
Early life and career
Hawn joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1964 and received his pilot wings at Gimli, Manitoba in January 1967. He flew the Canadair T-33 Silver Star as an instructor pilot and as a tactical fighter pilot and instructor on the Canadair CF-104 Starfighter and was among the first Canadian military pilots to fly the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet fighters. In thirty years in the Air Force, Hawn rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and he then served an additional five years as honorary colonel of 417 Combat Support Squadron. Hawn commanded a Hornet equipped tactical fighter squadron at Cold Lake.
When he retired in 1994 Hawn entered the financial services business where he opened and managed branch offices. Hawn is a founding member of the Investment Advisors Association of Canada.
Hawn is married; they have two children, and two grandchildren.
Member of Parliament
In January 2004 Hawn stood for election as a Member of Parliament in the constituency of Edmonton Centre. His opponent in the 2004 election was the sitting Member of Parliament and Deputy Prime Minister, Anne McLellan, but Hawn failed to get elected by a few hundred votes. He continued to campaign and maintain an interest in politics in the 2006 election he stood again against McLellan. On January 23, 2006, he was elected as the representative of Edmonton Centre.
Hawn was appointed to the standing committee on National Defence, as well as the committee on Public Safety and National Security. In October 2007 Hawn was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay. In the Canadian parliamentary system, Parliamentary Secretaries act as a liaison between the government and House of Commons. Laurie Hawn is a Canadian representative and a co-chair of the Permanent Canada-United States Joint Board of Defence as of 2012. Also, Hawn also sits on the Treasury Board sub-committee on the Strategic and Operating Review.
Hawn has also won subsequent elections for Edmonton Centre in 2008 and 2011.
On October 1, 2010, Hawn was appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada in recognition of "many years of dedication and hard work in the House of Commons, including on Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan".
- "Parliamentary Secretaries, 28th Ministry (2006.02.06 - )". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
- O'Malley, Kady (10 March 2014). "So long, Laurie Hawn: Edmonton MP says he won't run in 2015 election". CBC News. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
- "PM announces new members of the Queen’s Privy Council". October 1, 2010.
- "Biograophy - Military service". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved August 3, 2015.