John Manley is our new minister of Industry
First elected in 1988 as MP for Ottawa South, John Manley has held a number of responsibilities within the Liberal caucus, including Science and Technology critic, co-critic for Finance, and most recently, critic for Transport.
As Liberal co-critic on Finance, he was vice-chair of the all-party House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and was chair of the Finance sub-committee studying the Bank of Canada. He introduced motions to implement an action plan to clean up and maintain the Rideau River. He also brought forward legislation to establish national standards and research into indoor air quality and led the opposition to the clawback of old age security and family allowance benefits.
He created Stop Hunger... Fast, an annual hunger awareness day in Ottawa South. John also fought the relocation of the Space Agency and National Energy Board from Ottawa.
Before entering politics, John was a partner in the Ottawa-based law firm of Perley-Robertson, Panet, Hill & McDougall, where he specialized in business and income tax law. He also lectured on taxation at the University of Ottawa's law faculty. In 1985-86 he was chairman of the OttawaCarleton Board of Trade - the youngest chairman in its 130year history. He has also been a director of the Ottawa-Carleton Economic Development Corporation, the Ottawa-Carleton Research Institute, the Ottawa Congress Centre, the Ottawa Arts Centre Foundation; and Youth Alcohol and Drug Community Action.
Born on January 5, 1950 in Ottawa, he obtained a BA in mathematics and political science from Carleton University (1971), after which he spent a year at the Université de Lausanne - École de Français moderne. In 1976 he completed a law degree at the University of Ottawa. John's distinction in law school enabled him to article as the legal assistant to Bora Laskin, then Chief Justice of Canada.
John and his wife Judith live in Ottawa South with their three children - Rebecca, David and Sarah.
Jon Gerrard is secretary of state (Science, Research and Development) Internationally known for his research work on blood cells, particularly blood platelets, the MP for PortageInterlake is one of Manitoba's most outstanding physicians. Previous to this, he was head of Pediatric I-IematologyiOncology at the Children's Hospital of Winnipeg and a professor with the University of Manitoba's medicine faculty. Honoured many times by national and international medical institutes, his expertise is regularly sought.
In 1993 Jon was honoured with a Teddy award from the Children's Hospital of Winnipeg Research Foundation, and in 1985 he received a Medical Research Council Scientist award. A former member of the Hematology Study Section of the National Institute of Health (USA), he also sat on the Cell Physiology Committee of the Medical Research Council of Canada.
He's also dedicated to the clinical care of young patients with cancer and blood disorders.
He has published more than 200 medical articles and is interested in aboriginal health issues.
Born on October 13, 1947 and raised in Saskatoon, he obtained a BA in economics from the University of Saskatchewan (1967); his M.D. from McGill University (1971); PhD from the University of Minnesota (1978); Certificate of Pediatrics from the American Association of Pediatrics (1976); and became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (pediatrics) in 1982.
Jon and his wife Naomi are involved in releasing injured hawks, owls and eagles back into the wild. In 1988, he coauthored The Bald Eagle: Haunts and Habits of a Wilderness Monarch.
Jon and Naomi have three children - Pauline, Charles, and Thomas.
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