Chuck Strahl, P.C.
Chuck Strahl was appointed on June 14, 2012, as a Member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), an agency which provides Parliament and the Canadian public with an external review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). SIRC also investigates complaints by individuals concerning CSIS and examines reports by Ministers relating to the national security of Canada.
Mr. Strahl was born in British Columbia in 1957 and was raised in the Fraser Valley. Prior to his election in 1993 as a Member of Parliament, he was a logging contractor.
The Honourable Chuck Strahl served as Member of Parliament for the riding of Chilliwack–Fraser Canyon in British Columbia from 1993 until his retirement from politics in 2011. He was first elected in 1993 and re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008, and eventually served as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
In 2004, Mr. Strahl was selected by his parliamentary colleagues to serve as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons and Chairman of Committees of the Whole. Prior to becoming Deputy Speaker, Mr. Strahl was Critic for Democratic Reform, for Northern Economic Development, for Cultural Industries, for the Deputy Prime Minister, for Industry and for the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
He was also Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and a member of the standing committees on Fisheries and Oceans, on Canadian Heritage, on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and on Natural Resources.
Mr. Strahl also served as Deputy Caucus Coordinator, Chief Whip of the Official Opposition and Official Opposition House Leader.
Since his retirement from politics, Mr. Strahl continues to be active working as a consultant on political, governmental and business strategies. In 2011, he was appointed as a Director of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and, in 2012, he was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute and completed the Directors Education Program at the University of Calgary.
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