A Strong Voice For Northern Ontario
Greg Rickford was born on September 24, 1967 in Paris, Ontario. Instilled with the values of hard work and public service from a young age, Greg has earned degrees in common and civil law from McGill University, and an MBA from Laval University.
Those values brought Greg to the remote First Nations communities of Northern Ontario where he worked as a nurse and lawyer. Greg’s experience lead him to understand the large and remote riding of Kenora needed a strong voice in Parliament or face being further isolated.
Running in his very first election, Greg made improving economic and infrastructure conditions for First Nations in the area one of his central campaign themes. Greg was the first Conservative MP ever elected in the 84-year history of the Kenora riding winning by just over 2000 votes against the incumbent Member of Parliament.
On May 2nd, 2011, Greg asked voters in the federal riding of Kenora if they would re-elect him to be their strong voice in Ottawa.
The voters showed their confidence in Greg and increased his vote by 20%.
The Prime Minister shares their confidence, appointing Greg to Cabinet in 2013 as the Minister of State (Science and Technology) and the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). In 2014, he was promoted as the Minister of Natural Resources while retaining his responsibilities for FedNor.
Previously, Greg had served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor).
Greg and his wife Janet have two daughters, Abigail Mae and Poppy Kate.
Greg is a diehard Leafs fan who also loves college football and professional baseball. An avid sport shooter, fisherman and yoga enthusiast, Greg's favourite place in the world is his home on Lake of the Woods.
Greg is asking for your support to help re-elect him so he can continue to be a strong voice for Kenora and Northern Ontario.