Wayne Easter

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The Honourable
Wayne Easter
PC MP
Wayne Easter.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Malpeque
Assumed office
October 25, 1993
Preceded by Catherine Callbeck
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance
Assumed office
February 4, 2016
Preceded by James Rajotte
Personal details
Born Arnold Wayne Easter
(1949-06-22) June 22, 1949 (age 67)
North Wiltshire, Canada
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Helen Easter
Alma mater Nova Scotia Agricultural
College
Religion United Church of Canada[1]

Arnold Wayne Easter, PC MP (born June 22, 1949), is a Canadian politician who was the elected member of parliament for the riding of Malpeque since 1993.

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, 2011, and 2015.

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.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Wayne Easter 13,950 62.08 +19.68
Conservative Stephen Stewart 3,947 17.56 –21.54
New Democratic Leah-Jane Hayward 2,509 11.17 –3.46
Green Lynne Lund 2,066 9.19 +5.32
Total valid votes/Expense limit 22,472 100.0     $169,506.34
Total rejected ballots 102 0.45 +0.01
Turnout 22,574 79.05 +1.58
Eligible voters 28,556
Liberal hold Swing +20.61
Source: Elections Canada[5][6]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Wayne Easter 8,605 42.40 -1.79 $47,363.15
Conservative Tim Ogilvie 7,934 39.10 -0.18 $62.426.68
New Democratic Rita Jackson 2,970 14.63 +4.96 $5,426.11
Green Peter Bevan-Baker 785 3.87 -2.99 $1,367.33
Total valid votes/Expense limit 20,294 100.0     $69,634.73
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 90 0.44 -0.16
Turnout 20,384 77.47 +6.06
Eligible voters 26,311
Liberal hold Swing -0.80
Sources:[7][8]
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Wayne Easter 8,312 44.19 -6.29 $51,835.54
Conservative Mary Crane 7,388 39.28 +4.65 $56,705.00
New Democratic J'Nan Brown 1,819 9.67 -0.57 $5,225.01
Green Peter Bevan-Baker 1,291 6.86 +2.21 $3,626.22
Total valid votes/Expense limit 18,810 100.0     $67,177
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 113 0.60 +0.01
Turnout 18,923 71.41 -3.69
Eligible voters 26,498
Liberal hold Swing -5.47
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Wayne Easter 9,779 50.48 -1.42 $51,121.23
Conservative George Noble 6,708 34.63 +2.13 $52,989.45
New Democratic George Marshall 1,983 10.24 +0.15 $3,388.31
Green Sharon Labchuk 901 4.65 -0.85 $2,925.11
Total valid votes/Expense limit 19,371 100.0     $62,210
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 114 0.59 -0.17
Turnout 19,485 75.10 +2.09
Eligible voters 25,945
Liberal hold Swing -1.78
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Wayne Easter 9,782 51.90 +3.28 $49,256.92
Conservative Mary Crane 6,126 32.50 -13.28 $52,127.38
New Democratic Ken Bingham 1,902 10.09 +5.86 $3,055.96
Green Sharon Labchuk 1,037 5.50 +4.15 $2,989.44
Total valid votes/Expense limit 18,847 100.0     $60,645
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 144 0.76
Turnout 18,991 73.01
Eligible voters 26,010
Liberal hold Swing +8.28
Change for the Conservatives is from the combined totals of the Progressive Conservatives and the Canadian Alliance.
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Wayne Easter 8,972 48.62 +3.53
Progressive Conservative Jim Gorman 7,186 38.94 -2.05
Alliance Chris Wall 1,263 6.84 +3.53
New Democratic Ken Bingham 781 4.23 -6.39
Green Jeremy Stiles 250 1.35
Total valid votes 18,452 100.00
Liberal hold Swing +2.79
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Wayne Easter 7,912 45.09 -16.03
Progressive Conservative Jim Gorman 7,194 40.99 +9.80
New Democratic Andrew Wells 1,863 10.62 +6.21
Reform Stephen Livingstone 580 3.31
Total valid votes 17,549 100.00
Liberal hold Swing -12.92
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Wayne Easter 10,579 61.12 +9.22
Progressive Conservative Garth E. Staples 5,399 31.19 -8.98
New Democratic Karen Fyfe 763 4.41 -3.52
Christian Heritage John Freddie Gunn 318 1.84
Green Jeremy Stiles 249 1.44
Total valid votes 17,308 100.00
Liberal hold Swing +9.1

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Catherine Callbeck
Member of Parliament
for Malpeque

1993–present
Incumbent
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada
2002–2003
Anne McLellan