Wayne Easter

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The Honourable
Arnold Wayne Easter
Wayne Easter.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Malpeque
Assumed office
Preceded by Catherine Callbeck
Personal details
Born (1949-06-22) June 22, 1949 (age 66)
North Wiltshire, Prince Edward Island
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Helen Easter
Residence North Wiltshire, Prince Edward Island
Profession Farmer
Religion United Church of Canada [1]

Arnold Wayne Easter, PC, MP (born June 22, 1949), is a Canadian politician.

Before politics[edit]

Born in North Wiltshire, Prince Edward Island, the son of A. Leith Easter and Hope MacLeod, he was educated at the Charlottetown Rural High School and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Easter received an honorary doctorate of law degree from University of Prince Edward Island in 1988 for his work and contribution to agriculture and social activism on the national and international level. He was awarded the Governor General's Canada 125 Medal in 1992 for community service.[2] In 1970, he married Helen Arleighn Laird.[3] Easter operates a dairy, beef and grain farm near North Wiltshire. He is a former president of the National Farmers Union.

Wayne and his wife Helen live in North Wiltshire and have two grown children, Kimberley and Jamie.

Federal politics[edit]

Easter is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the electoral district of Malpeque in the province of Prince Edward Island since 1993.

Easter entered politics in 1993 when he was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Malpeque, P.E.I. He was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

He served in Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's Cabinet as Solicitor General of Canada from 2002-2003. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans from 1997–1999, and to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, with a special emphasis on rural development from 2004-2006.

From 2006 to 2014, Easter has served several critic roles. He was the critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Canadian Wheat Board from 2006-2011, International Trade from 2011-2013, and he currently serves as the Liberal Party critic for Public Safety.[4]

Easter currently holds the position of Vice Chair for the Canada- U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Association.


  1. ^ Lumley, Elizabeth (2005). Canadian Who's Who 2005. University of Toronto Press. p. 389. ISBN 0-8020-8907-0. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  2. ^ http://wayne-easter.liberal.ca/biography/
  3. ^ Lumley, Elizabeth (2005). Canadian Who's Who 2005. University of Toronto Press. p. 389. ISBN 0-8020-8907-0. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  4. ^ http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Wayne-Easter(43)/Roles

External links[edit]

26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada
Anne McLellan