The Honourable Ed Fast was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and was re-elected in 2015, 2011 and 2008. He had previously served for two terms as an Abbotsford School Trustee and for three terms as a member of Abbotsford City Council.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Ed practiced corporate and commercial law for 24 years.
In this 42nd Parliament, Ed serves as the Critic Responsible for the Environment and Climate Change.
On May 18, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed to his cabinet to serve as Minister of International Trade. He is responsible for the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, which is implementing the most ambitious trade plan in Canada's history and is deepening Canada’s trade and investment relationships in large, dynamic and fast-growing economies around the world. Since 2006, Canada has concluded trade agreements with 39 different countries, bring to 44 the number of partners with which our country has preferred trade relationships. Ed's top trade priorities include bringing into force Canada's free trade agreements with the European Union and Ukraine and a modernized agreement with Israel, and concluding trade negotiations with India and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Currently he is serving as the Official Opposition Critic for the Environment and Climate Change.
Prior to his appointment to cabinet, Ed chaired the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights. In 2011, he was appointed Queen's Counsel for British Columbia, and more recently was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to his community and country.
As the Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, Ed has delivered unprecedented federal support to his city. Projects like the McCallum and Clearbrook Rd. Interchanges, Abbotsford Airport expansion, Mill Lake spray park, border crossing improvements and record investments in youth crime prevention reflect Ed's ongoing work to make sure that Abbotsford's social and transportation needs are not neglected.
Ed and his wife, Annette, have lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia, for over 33 years. They have four daughters, two sons-in-law and six grandchildren.