Matt Jeneroux

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Matt Jeneroux

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Jeneroux in 2019
Shadow Minister of Health
In office
December 2019 – September 8, 2020
LeaderAndrew Scheer
Preceded byMarilyn Gladu
Succeeded byMichelle Rempel Garner
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure
LeaderAndrew Scheer
Preceded byMichael Chong
Succeeded byLuc Berthold
Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Economic Development
LeaderAndrew Scheer
Preceded byMaxime Bernier
Succeeded byDan Albas
Shadow Minister for Science
LeaderAndrew Scheer
Preceded byMarilyn Gladu
Succeeded byMichael Chong
Official Opposition Critic for Western Economic Diversification
LeaderRona Ambrose
Preceded byMichelle Rempel
Succeeded byTom Lukiwski
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton Riverbend
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byJames Rajotte
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-South West
In office
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byRiding established
Succeeded byThomas Dang
Personal details
Born1981 (age 38–39)[1]
Edmonton, Alberta
Political partyConservative
Other political
affiliations
Provincial:
United Conservative (2017–present)
Progressive Conservative (before 2017)
Spouse(s)Dr. Elizabeth Clement
ResidenceEdmonton, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Alberta (B.A. 2004)

Matthew James Arthur Jeneroux MP (born 1981) is a Canadian politician who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election. He represents the electoral district of Edmonton Riverbend as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada caucus.

Prior to his election to the House of Commons, he served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Edmonton-South West.[2]

Jeneroux was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.[3]

In both 2016 and in 2017, Jeneroux was named one of the “Top Up and Comer’s” in Canadian Parliament by The Hill Times.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Jeneroux was born and raised in Edmonton and Sherwood Park, Alberta. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta. Prior to his work in provincial and then federal politics, Jeneroux worked for Health Canada and was an active community volunteer in Edmonton. He has two daughters: Molly and Lily and a son: Hugh.

Provincial politics[edit]

Jeneroux was first elected to the provincial assembly in the 2012 provincial election. In spring 2013, one year after being elected, he introduced a private member's bill entitled Compassionate Care Leave Legislation (Bill 203). The bill has gone through royal assent and provides a leave of absence for an employee from their employer while taking care of a terminally ill family member.

In just three years, he had two of his motions pass unanimously in the legislature. First, to provide support for playgrounds when new schools for young families are built in the province of Alberta. He also urged the provincial government to conduct a review of the childcare policy in the province.[5] He chaired the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices.[6] He was defeated in the 2015 provincial election.

He also chaired the Capital Region Caucus, Youth Secretariat, and was a member of the Alberta Treasury Board committee. In addition, he chaired Results Based Budgeting for Environment and Resource Stewardship, chaired Results Based Budgeting for Wellness, a member of Public Accounts committee, co-chair of the Alberta Film Advisory Council and chair of the Government of Alberta's Youth Advisory Panel.

In 2018, Jeneroux was named the co-Chair of the United Conservative Party Annual General Meeting in Red Deer, Alberta.[7]

Federal politics[edit]

MP Jeneroux was voted as the "Best Constituency MP in Canada" by his colleagues, staff & media in the May 2017 Hill Times Publication.[8]

Jeneroux is also the chair of the Edmonton Region Caucus.

Jeneroux has been a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics,[9] a Member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, vice-chair on the Standing Committee for Industry, a member of the Standing Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Health.

Health Shadow Minister[edit]

As a federal MP, Jeneroux is the Conservative Party of Canada Shadow Minister for Health.[10]

As Health Canada Shadow Minister, Jeneroux has received praise for being the first to raise concerns in Parliament on the urgency of COVID-19 and lack of preparedness of the Public Health Agency of Canada.[11] He's also been relentless in his pursuit to have Dr. Bruce Aylward from the World Health Organization appear before the Parliamentary committee responsible for investigating Canada's response to COVID-19.[12] Even going as far as issuing a rare House of Commons summons to have him appear.

MP Jeneroux is also leading the charge on the changes to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) [13] calling on the government to ensure Canadians have access to live saving medicines.

Jeneroux also recently announced his latest Private Members’ Bill being the federal expansion of Compassionate Care Leave. This builds off the previous work from Jeneroux's provincial Private Members’ Bill at the National level.[14]

Infrastructure Shadow Minister[edit]

MP Jeneroux has served previously as the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Communities & Urban Affairs. As Infrastructure Canada Shadow Minister, Jeneroux has also been one of the fiercest critics of Canada's Infrastructure Bank, going so far as calling for its cancellation. He did so publicly in an article published in the Financial Post where he calls it an outright failure of the Trudeau Liberals.[15]

Innovation Shadow Minister[edit]

MP Jeneroux served in the role as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development[16] and as Shadow Minister of Science. Jeneroux was critical of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development in the press in calling for his government's long-awaited Space Strategy.[17]

Jeneroux also co-sponsored an initiative to encourage young girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields for an annual advocacy day on Parliament along with FIRST Lego League which showcased skills in LEGO and pushed for more policies geared to encouraging young girls to pursue careers in STEM related fields.

Previously, under Rona Ambrose, he served in the Shadow Cabinet as the Official Opposition Critic for Western Economic Diversification.[18]

It was during this time that Jeneroux was named co-Chair of the Alberta Jobs Task Force, a federal Conservative caucus initiative that will collect information from Albertans affected by the current economic situation and produce a report to be tabled in the House of Commons.[19]

In this role, Jeneroux tabled a motion to promote the use of geothermal technology for the use in orphan and abandoned oil wells in western Canada. His motion, with support from the geothermal industry, called on the Government of Canada to examine ways to reduce the legislative burden on using geothermal technology within Canada.[20]

In 2016, Jeneroux was voted as one of the Top 3 "Up and Comers" in Parliament by The Hill Times publication survey.

Mental Health Advocacy[edit]

In partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada & Movember on Father's Day Jeneroux organizes an annual mental health advocacy event on Parliament Hill to support raising awareness for mental health concerns in young men and fathers. The event attracts stakeholders, Senators & Parliamentarians, and advocacy groups from across the country to champion ongoing awareness supports for young fathers. In November 2018, Jeneroux teamed with Kids with Cancer Society in Edmonton to raise money for their organization by sponsoring a breakfast cereal fundraiser, Corn Pops & Cocoa Puffs, with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Clement.

Electoral record[edit]

Federal[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: Edmonton Riverbend
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Matt Jeneroux 35,126 57.4% +7.51
Liberal Tariq Chaudary 14,038 23.0% -7.18
New Democratic Audrey Redman 9,332 15.3% -1.75
Green Valerie Kennedy 1,797 2.9% +0.69
People's Kevin Morris 855 1.4% -
Total valid votes/Expense limit 61,148 100.0
Total rejected ballots 329
Turnout 61,477 71.0%
Eligible voters 86,609
Conservative hold Swing +7.35|- Source: Elections Canada[21][22]
2015 Canadian federal election: Edmonton Riverbend
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Matt Jeneroux 28,805 49.89 -9.49 $126,240.74
Liberal Tariq Chaudary 17,428 30.18 +15.69 $62,340.29
New Democratic Brian Fleck 9,846 17.05 -4.12 $44,795.24
Green Valerie Kennedy 1,275 2.21 -2.75 $6,040.67
Libertarian Steven Lack 386 0.67 $500.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 57,740 100.00   $216,148.06
Total rejected ballots 178 0.31
Turnout 57,918 71.56
Eligible voters 80,938
Conservative hold Swing -12.59
Source: Elections Canada[23][24]

Provincial[edit]

2012 Alberta general election: Edmonton-South West
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Matt Jeneroux 7,010 56.55%
Wildrose Allan Hunsperger 2,163 17.45%
Liberal Rudy Arcilla 1,890 15.25%
New Democratic Sylvie Porbaix 1,076 8.68%
Alberta Party Bryan Peacock 257 2.07%
2015 Alberta general election: Edmonton-South West
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Thomas Dang 11,729 53.0%
Progressive Conservative Matt Jeneroux 6,319 28.6%
Wildrose Cole Kander 2,291 10.4%
Liberal Rudy Arcilla 1,202 5.4%
Alberta Party Krishna Tailor 575 2.6%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Matt Jeneroux, , M.P." Library of Parliament. 2020.
  2. ^ "Alberta Election 2012: Riding-by-riding results". The Globe and Mail. April 23, 2012. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Diamond Jubilee Medal". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Matt Urges Affordable Childcare Review in Alberta Legislature". mattjeneroux.ca. Archived from the original on December 25, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Archer, John (February 16, 2015). "Alberta auditor general budget vote lurches into uncharted territory". CBC News. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Braid, Don (May 4, 2018). "A mammoth policy meeting where Kenney won't talk policy". Calgary Herald. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Ryckewaert, Laura (May 8, 2017). "Goodale voted Best Cabinet Minister in QP, Scrums in The Hill Times' 25th annual Politically Savvy Survey". The Hill Times. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  9. ^ McGregor, Janyce (January 30, 2016). "Meet the Commons committees of the 42nd Parliament". CBC News. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  10. ^ https://mattjeneroux.ca/news-release-mp-matt-jeneroux-named-shadow-minister-of-health/
  11. ^ https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/from-apathy-to-panic-timeline-of-canadas-home-front-battle-against-covid-19/
  12. ^ https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/mps-issue-rare-summons-of-who-doctor-bruce-aylward-to-appear-before-house-committee
  13. ^ https://www.conservative.ca/liberals-must-use-pmprb-delay-to-ensure-canadians-can-access-life-saving-medications-jeneroux/
  14. ^ https://ipolitics.ca/2020/02/05/tory-mp-to-use-early-turn-introducing-legislation-to-expand-compassionate-care-leave/
  15. ^ https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/what-has-trudeaus-infrastructure-bank-achieved-a-recycled-loan-and-millions-in-expenses
  16. ^ Rabson, Mia (June 12, 2018). "Andrew Scheer Removes Maxime Bernier From Role As Innovation Critic". Huffington Post. The Canadian Press. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  17. ^ Turnbull, Sarah (June 13, 2018). "Space group takes to the Hill after Canada drops major NASA project". iPolitics. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  18. ^ "Conservatives Announce Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet and Critics". conservative.ca. November 20, 2015. Archived from the original on August 31, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  19. ^ "Conservatives launch Alberta Jobs Taskforce". Peace River Record Gazette. October 5, 2016. Archived from the original on October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  20. ^ Johnston, Scott (March 22, 2017). "Using abandoned oil wells for geothermal on Edmonton MPs federal budget 2017 wish list". Global News. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  21. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  22. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  23. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Edmonton Riverbend (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  24. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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