|Member of Parliament|
for South Shore—St. Margarets
|Assumed office |
September 20, 2021
|Preceded by||Bernadette Jordan|
|Shadow Ministers for Innovation, Science, and Industry|
October 12, 2022 – Present
|Preceded by||Ed Fast|
|Shadow Ministers of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard|
November 9, 2021 – October 12, 2022
|Preceded by||Richard Bragdon|
|Succeeded by||Clifford Small|
|Born||November 4, 1961|
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Residence||St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia|
|Alma mater||Saint Mary's University|
Perkins holds an MBA from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University. He worked on the political staff to Canadian Conservative Minister the Honourable Barbara McDougall during the two terms of the government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. After the 1993 federal election Rick worked for two financial services companies CIBC and Newcourt Credit Group before co-founding the investor relations firm Genoa Management. He left this firm to become retail executive and business strategist. His most notable business achievement was the hostile takeover he engineered of Liquor Stores North America, which was the largest publicly traded retailer of beverage alcohol in North America. He served on the Board of Directors and senior management of this company. He previously ran in Scarborough—Agincourt for the Progressive Conservatives in the 1997 Canadian federal election and in South Shore—St. Margarets for the Conservatives in the 2019 Canadian federal election.
44th Canadian Parliament (2021–present)
In the 2021 Canadian federal election, Perkins defeated Liberal incumbent and Ministers of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Bernadette Jordan.
On November 9, 2021, Perkins was named Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard by Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole. Upon assuming the role Perkins was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, as well as a member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
In March 2022, Perkins was one of 313 Canadian officials barred from entering Russia. The Russian ban was in response to new Canadian economic sanctions targeting Russian officials and entities following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February. In response to ban, Perkins stated on social media that he would “wear this [ban] as a badge of honor” as he continues to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
During the 2022 Conservative Party of Canada leadership election Perkins endorsed hopeful leadership candidate Jean Charest and was further named co-chair of the campaigns national advisory board. Following Pierre Poilievre’s victory in the leadership race, Perkins immediately congratulated him on becoming the new party leader. In a post-leadership interview with the National Post Perkins stated that the Conservative caucus was now “totally united” behind Poilievre despite what the tone of the leadership contest might have indicated."
Upon becoming the new leader, Poilievre kept Perkins on as the fisheries critic until October 12, 2022, until he was then replaced by Newfoundland MP Clifford Small. Perkins then became the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science, and Industry, replacing former critic Ed Fast. Upon assuming the new critic position, Perkins was named Vice-Chair of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry and Technology, and was further appointed to the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure for the Standing Committee on Industry and Technology. Perkins remains a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard as well.
2020 Mi'kmaq lobster dispute
Perkins was an outspoken critic of Minister Bernadette Jordan's handling of the 2020 Mi'kmaq lobster dispute. Perkins called on her to respect the Supreme Court’s R v Marshall decision, which stated that the Mi’kmaq treaty rights could be regulated and that the Mi'kmaq were not guaranteed an open season in the fisheries. Jordan's handling of the dispute and subsequent criticism played an important role in her electoral defeat.
After defeating Jordan in the 2021 Canadian federal election, Perkins stated in an interview with Global News that he would seek to "find a path forward that [would] bring everyone under the same set of rules and the same regulation through DFO."
|2021 Canadian federal election: South Shore—St. Margarets|
|New Democratic||Olivia Dorey||9,541||19.08||+3.16|
|Total valid votes||50,004||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||400|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2019 Canadian federal election: South Shore—St. Margarets|
|New Democratic||Jessika Hepburn||8,361||15.92||−0.91||none listed|
|People's||Robert Monk||667||1.27||New||none listed|
|Veterans Coalition||Jason Matthews||125||0.24||New||none listed|
|Christian Heritage||Kevin Schulthies||124||0.24||New||$234.83|
|Total valid votes/expense limit||52,518||100.0||$109,434.66|
|Total rejected ballots||439||0.83||+0.40|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|1997 Canadian federal election: Scarborough—Agincourt|
|Progressive Conservative||Rick Perkins||7,115||17.8||−3.4||$41,232|
|New Democratic||Doug Hum||2,512||6.3||+4.0||$15,398|
|Total valid votes/expense limit||39,913||100.0||$104,574|
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