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, for over 38 years. They have four daughters, four sons-in-law and ten grandchildren.