|Chief Government Whip|
|Assumed office |
August 31, 2018
|Preceded by||Pablo Rodríguez|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness|
January 30, 2017 – August 31, 2018
|Preceded by||Michel Picard|
|Succeeded by||Karen McCrimmon|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions|
|Preceded by||Tom Lukiwski|
|Succeeded by||Andy Fillmore|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Chris Alexander|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
June 28, 2004 – May 2, 2011
|Preceded by||Riding established|
|Succeeded by||Chris Alexander|
|Born||October 16, 1974|
|Profession||Health Executive, investment advisor, politician|
The Honourable Mark Holland PC MP (born October 16, 1974) is a Canadian politician and current Chief Government Whip. In the 2004 federal election he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a candidate of the Liberal Party in the Ontario riding of Ajax-Pickering. Holland was subsequently re-elected in the 2006, 2008, and the 2015 federal elections. He was defeated in 2011 where he became the director of health promotion and public affairs with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and was subsequently promoted to the roles of executive director for the Ontario Mission and national director of children and youth, before returning to federal politics in 2015. In August 2018, he was promoted to the position of Chief Government Whip.
Holland was born on October 16, 1974 in Pickering, Ontario. Holland majored in political science and history at the University of Toronto and graduated in 1996. He worked as an assistant to Member of Parliament Dan McTeague and at the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. He also worked for the Royal Bank of Canada and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
A lifelong resident of west Durham, Holland lives in Ajax.
Holland created the Millennium Waterfront Committee in Pickering in 1998 and led the redevelopment of Pickering's waterfront. He also founded the Region of Durham's Youth Partnership Initiative, the City of Pickering's Winterfest and was a member of the board of directors for Veridian Corporation. Holland was also a member of the Durham Region Police Services Board, past vice-chair of both the Ajax-Pickering Social Development Council and the Ajax-Pickering Block Parent program and a past member of Durham Region's finance and administration committee. He continues to be a member of the Durham West Arts Centre, and was one of their founding members.
Holland was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the House of Commons of Canada, representing the riding of Ajax-Pickering, Ontario, from 2004 to 2011. He has served as vice-chair of the Public Accounts Committee, vice-chair of the Public Safety and National Security Committee, critic for Natural Resources, critic for Public Works and Procurement, critic for the Canada Border Services Agency, associate critic for Treasury Board, as a member of the Finance Committee, Industry Committee, Public Accounts Committee, Government Operations Committee and on the Cities and Communities Caucus.
In Parliament, Holland brought up a private members bill to advocate for the cause of lowering the voting age. The bill stipulated that 16- to 18-year-olds be allowed to vote in federal elections encouraged provincial and municipal jurisdictions to allow the same. He asked that an elections unit be taught in high schools before elections take place, to inform students on current events and issues at debate. By raising this interest in youth first, at the election they will make more informed choices. Furthermore, voting would take place in schools, raising voter turnout. In October 2006, Holland re-introduced as a private members bill a former Liberal government bill to reform the animal cruelty sections of the Criminal Code of Canada, which have changed little since 1892.
Holland has been named by The Globe and Mail as a member of the new 'Rat Pack' and was voted by the Hill Times as the most effective Opposition MP in Question Period and the 'Best Up-And-Comer' four times from 2006–2008. Conservative Minister Stockwell Day has referred to Holland as 'Perry Mason on Steroids' and 'the Caped Crusader' during their sometimes heated exchanges in the Public Safety and National Security meetings. CTV called Holland "a one-man rat pack on a mission to change the hill". Macleans has labelled Holland – 'Part Attack Dog – Part King Maker' for his going after Conservatives and for his role in the 2006 leadership campaign.
Aaron Wherry of Maclean's Magazine spoke of Holland saying "If you saw Kennedy in Montreal, Holland was inevitably not far behind. Already a favourite of some on Parliament Hill for his oratory skills and his impressive head of hair, Holland is a mere 32 years old – making him a potential leadership candidate for the next 30 years."
Holland supported Gerard Kennedy's leadership bid for the federal Liberal Party and was Kennedy's Ontario campaign chair. When Kennedy dropped off after the second ballot to support former Environment Minister Stéphane Dion, Holland went with him and was seen as key in building a bridge between the two camps. Holland was the Ontario co-chair of Michael Ignatieff's 2008 leadership campaign.
On January 18, 2007 Holland was named the critic for Natural Resources in Dion's shadow cabinet. He was subsequently named critic for Public Safety and National Security, a post he held until being defeated in 2011. In that capacity, he led the opposition criticism over handling of the G8 Summit, efforts to save the gun registry and opposition to the Conservative Party's crime agenda. As a sharp and vocal critic of the government, the Conservatives dubbed him "Public Enemy Number 1" prior to the 2011 election, a fact Holland wore as "a badge of honour" citing other prominent Canadians the government targeted for disagreeing with their agenda.
In 2015, Holland was nominated the Liberal candidate for the new riding of Ajax, essentially the southern portion of his old riding, thus positioning him for a rematch against Alexander. He overwhelmed Alexander by almost 12,000 votes as part of the Liberal surge in southern Ontario and retook his seat with 56 per cent of the vote.
In December 2015, Holland was announced as the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Democratic Institutions. In January 2017, he was shifted to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. In August 2018, he was promoted to the position of chief government whip, succeeding the previous whip, Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier Pablo Rodriguez.
|2015 Canadian federal election: Ajax|
|New Democratic||Stephanie Brown||4,639||8.2||−6.80||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||–||100.0||$221,131.96|
|Total rejected ballots||–||–||–|
|Liberal notional gain from Conservative||Swing||+13.75|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 Canadian federal election: Ajax—Pickering|
|New Democratic||Jim Koppens||8,284||14.72||+5.64|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||56,268||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||187||0.33||-0.05|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+6.16|
|2008 Canadian federal election: Ajax—Pickering|
|New Democratic||Bala Thavarajasoorier||4,422||9.08||-3.6||$1,541|
|Christian Heritage||Kevin Norng||398||0.82||0.0||$1,171|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||48,676||100||$89,065|
|Total rejected ballots||186||0.38|
|2006 Canadian federal election: Ajax—Pickering|
|New Democratic||Kevin Modeste||6,655||12.82||+0.70||$8,405|
|Christian Heritage||Kevin Norng||435||0.84||n/a||$7,950|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||51,917||100.00||$77,681|
|2004 Canadian federal election: Ajax—Pickering|
|New Democratic||Kevin Modeste||5,286||12.12||+8.10|
|Total valid votes||43,609|
|Liberal notional hold||Swing||-3.84|
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