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April 22, 2021

Secure Canada’s borders

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement calling on Justin Trudeau to take action and secure Canada’s borders: “Throughout April, dozens of COVID-positive flights have been landing in Canada. With them, they have brought the risk of new variants,...

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April 19, 2021

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole on Justin Trudeau’s budget

Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued the following statement ahead of Justin Trudeau’s 2021 federal budget: “Across the country, Canadians were looking forward to beginning to re-open and to round the corner on COVID-19. But now, we find ourselves in Justin...

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April 15, 2021

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole announces climate change plan

  Ottawa, ON – Today, the Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, unveiled the Conservative climate change plan. Recognizing the important role Canada has in combatting climate change, the comprehensive plan will achieve substantially the same emissions reductions by 2030 as the government's current plan, while creating...

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April 13, 2021

New Board of Directors for the Abbotsford Conservative EDA

The Abbotsford EDA had their AGM March 27th, 2021. Due to Covid restrictions the AGM this year was a virtual, but well attended.After the AGM the new Board of Directors met briefly to choose their Executive for this next year.

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Ed Fast

Meet Your MP

The Honourable Ed Fast was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2019.   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.   

Between 2006 and 2011, he variously served as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights and as a member of the Transportation and Canadian Heritage committees.

He introduced and saw passed a Private Members Bill C-277, which doubled from 5 to 10 years in prison the maximum prison sentence for using the internet to lure children out of their homes for sexual purposes.

On May 18, 2011, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed to his cabinet to serve as Minister of International Trade.  He was responsible for the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, which implemented the most sweeping and ambitious trade plan in Canada's history. Among other things, Ed spearheaded the negotiation of free trade agreements with the European Union, South Korea, Colombia, Peru, Ukraine, Honduras, Panama and the original Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Today Canada has preferred trade relationships with 51 different countries.

In the fall of 2015, Ed became Canada’s longest serving Trade Minister. 

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 was subsequently awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to his community and country.

Ed and his wife, Annette, have lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia,... Read Bio