David Anderson (Saskatchewan politician)

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David L. Anderson
MP
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Official Opposition Critic for Agriculture
In office
September 15, 2016 – August 29, 2017
Leader Rona Ambrose
Andrew Scheer
Preceded by Chris Warkentin
Succeeded by Luc Berthold
Member of Parliament
for Cypress Hills—Grasslands
Assumed office
November 27, 2000
Preceded by Lee Morrison
Personal details
Born (1957-08-15) August 15, 1957 (age 61)
Frontier, Saskatchewan
Political party Conservative (2003-present), Canadian Alliance (2000-2003)
Spouse(s) Sheila Anderson
Children Amy and Andrew
Residence Frontier
Profession businessman, farmer
Cabinet Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

David L. Anderson MP (born August 15, 1957 in Frontier, Saskatchewan) is a Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada representing Cypress Hills—Grasslands, a position he has held since 2000. He was a member of the Canadian Alliance from 2000 to 2003. He is a businessman, and a farmer. He has received broad based support being re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011 with significant margins.

Anderson served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of Canada of former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and, having been reelected in the Parliamentary riding of Cypress Hills-Grasslands in the 42nd Parliament of Canada, serves as the Opposition Critic for Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the Official Opposition led by interim Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in the House of Commons of Canada of the Parliament of Canada.

Anderson is a founding and steering committee member of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Early years

Anderson was born in Frontier, Saskatchewan and graduated from Frontier High School in 1975. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Regina, and then earned a Masters of Divinity at the Canadian Theological Seminary in 1990.[1]

Personal life

Anderson married his wife Sheila in 1982. They have two adult children, Amy and Andrew, and two grandsons, Josiah and Ellis. Anderson is an active businessman and farmer, he has been farming for over 30 years.[2]

Municipal politics

Anderson served on the Eastend School Division Board from 1994 to 2000, he was a School Board Trustee from 1994-1997 and Chair from 1997 to 2000.[3]

Federal politics

Anderson entered federal politics in 2000, and has represented the federal riding of Cypress Hills-Grassland ever since.

37th Parliament

On November 27, 2000, Anderson was elected as a Canadian Alliance Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Cypress Hills—Grasslands. Anderson won the seat with 18,593 votes – 61.6%, defeating Liberal candidate Marlin Bryce Belt, NDP candidate Keith Murch and Progressive Conservative William Caton.

Anderson was a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food and its Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.

As a member of the Official Opposition, Anderson served as Critic of the Canadian Wheat Board and Associate Critic of Agriculture.[4]

From 2006 to 2010, Anderson served as Chairman of the National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa. He has been committed to raising awareness of the need to protect religious freedom around the world, hosting annual Parliamentary Forums on Religious Freedom. In addition, Anderson worked with fellow MP Bev Shipley to present and pass Motion 382, which unanimously declared the Parliament of Canada's support for religious freedom around the world.

38th Parliament

On June 28, 2004, Anderson was re-elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Cypress Hills-Grasslands. He won the seat with 18,010 votes – 60.63%, defeating Liberal candidate Bill Caton, NDP candidate Jeff Potts and Green Party candidate Bev Currie.[5]

Anderson was a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Anderson introduced Private Member’s Bill, Bill C-285 – An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (exclusion of income received by an athlete from a non-profit club, society or association). Bill C-285 did not come into force, the last stage completed was second reading and referral to committee in the House of Commons.[6]

As a member of the Official Opposition, Anderson served as Critic of the Canadian Wheat Board.[4]

39th Parliament

On January 23, 2006, Anderson was re-elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Cypress Hills-Grasslands. He won the seat with 20,035 votes – 66.47%, defeating Liberal candidate Bill Caton, NDP candidate Mike Eason and Green Party candidate Amanda Knorr.[7]

Anderson was a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

During the 39th Parliament, Anderson was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Parliamentary Secretary (for the Canadian Wheat Board) to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

40th Parliament

On October 14, 2008, Anderson was re-elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Cypress Hills-Grasslands. He won the seat with 17,922 votes – 64.35%, defeating Liberal candidate Duane Filson, NDP candidate Scott Wilson and Green Party candidate Bill Clary.[8]

Anderson served as a member of Standing of Natural Resources and the Subcommittee on Food Safety of the Stranding Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Anderson was appointed Parliament Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board.

41st Parliament

On May 2, 2011, Anderson was re-elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Cypress Hills-Grasslands. He won the seat with 20,555 votes – 69.8%, defeating Liberal candidate Duane Filson, NDP candidate Trevor Peterson and Green Party candidate Helmi Scott.[9]

Anderson has served as a member of the Legislative Committee on Bill C-18, the Subcommittee on Bill C-38 of the Standing Committee on Finance, the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and its Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.[10]

Anderson served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board until September 19, 2013, when he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.[10]

42nd Parliament

On October 19, 2015, Anderson was re-elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Cypress Hills-Grassland. He won the election with 25, 051 votes- 69.2%, defeating Liberal candidate Marvin Wiens, NDP candidate Trevor Peterson, and Green Party candidate William Caton.[11]

On November 20, 2015, Anderson was named the Opposition Critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet.

Canadian Wheat Board comment controversy

In October 2011, Anderson mocked Canadian Wheat Board officials on his official Conservative party website[12] by posting a video that national leader of Canadian Inuit Mary Simon immediately denounced for the repeated use of a racial slur.[13] In the video, an animated character uses a pejorative term, Eskimo, which is considered derogatory towards aboriginal peoples in Canada, to suggest that the Canadian Wheat Board officials and the Inuit sound foreign and make no sense.[14][15][16]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David Anderson 25,050 69.2 -1.37
Liberal Marvin Wiens 5,381 14.9 +9.06
New Democratic Trevor Peterson 4,783 13.2 -7.60
Green Bill Caton 993 2.7 -0.08
Total valid votes/Expense limit 36,207 100.0     $233,911.43
Total rejected ballots 99 0.27 -0.03
Turnout 36,306 71.99 +4.89
Eligible voters 50,426
Conservative hold Swing -5.22
Source: Elections Canada[17][18]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David L. Anderson 20,555 69.8 +5.4 $39,752
New Democratic Trevor Peterson 6,248 21.2 +5.4 $9,855
Liberal Duane Filson 1,838 6.2 -7.1 $27,813
Green Helmi Scott 788 2.7 -3.9 $517
Total valid votes/Expense limit 29,429 100.0   $94,253
Total rejected ballots 79 0.3 0.0
Turnout 29,508 67.1 +4
Eligible voters 43,997
Conservative hold Swing +6.25
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David L. Anderson 17,922 64.4 -2.1 $51,570
New Democratic Scott Wilson 4,394 15.8 -1.1 $5,879
Liberal Duane Filson 3,691 13.3 +0.4 $23,849
Green Bill Clary 1,840 6.6 +2.8 $4,012
Total valid votes/Expense limit 27,847 100.0   $91,352
Total rejected ballots 81 0.3 0.0
Turnout 27,928 63 -3
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David L. Anderson 20,035 66.5 +5.8 $42,285
New Democratic Mike Eason 5,076 16.8 +0.3 $12,076
Liberal Bill Caton 3,885 12.9 -5.8 $3,553
Green Amanda Knorr 1,141 3.8 -0.4
Total valid votes 30,137 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 85 0.3 -0.1
Turnout 30,222 66.5 +3
Conservative hold Swing +5.8
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David L. Anderson 18,010 60.6 -9.9 $35,176
Liberal Bill Caton 5,547 18.7 +6.1 $29,831
New Democratic Jeff Potts 4,901 16.5 –0.4 $17,512
Green Bev Currie 1,243 4.2   $805
Total valid votes 29,701 100  
Total rejected ballots 117 0.4 +0.1
Turnout 29,818 63 -2
Conservative hold Swing -8.0
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Alliance David L. Anderson 18,593 61.6 +12.5 $33,948
New Democratic Keith Murch 5,101 16.9 -2.5 $14,293
Liberal Marlin Bryce Belt 3,791 12.6 -8.7 $722
Progressive Conservative Bill Caton 2,676 8.9 -1.3 $7,462
Total valid votes 30,161 100  
Total rejected ballots 90 0.3 0.0
Turnout 30,251 65 -2.4
Alliance hold Swing +10.6

References

  1. ^ "Anderson, David – Saskatchewan, Cypress Hills, Conservative Party of Canada". The Globe and Mail. 28 June 2004.
  2. ^ "Cypress Hills - Grasslands – 2008 Results". CBC News.
  3. ^ "Cypress Hills - Grasslands – Riding Info". CBC News.
  4. ^ a b "Anderson, David, B.A., M.Div". Parliament of Canada.
  5. ^ "Official Voting Results – 2004". Elections Canada.
  6. ^ "Private Member's Bill – C-285: An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (exclusion of income received by an athlete from a non-profit club, society or association)". Parliament of Canada.
  7. ^ "Official Voting Results – 2006". Elections Canada.
  8. ^ "Official Voting Results – 2008". Elections Canada.
  9. ^ "Official Voting Results – 2011". Elections Canada.
  10. ^ a b "Members of Parliament – David Anderson – Roles". Parliament of Canada.
  11. ^ "Federal Election 2015: Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding results".
  12. ^ "Official website for David Anderson".
  13. ^ "National Inuit Leader Denounces Racist Slur Included in Animated Video on MP Website". Archived from the original on 2011-12-06.
  14. ^ "David Anderson would seem to have a lot of free time - Macleans.ca". 24 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Saskatchewan Conservative MP David Anderson's Wheat Board Video: 'You're Talking Eskimo'". HuffPost Canada.
  16. ^ "'Talking Eskimo' wheat board video sparks controversy".
  17. ^ "Voter Information Service - Who are the candidates in my electoral district?". www.elections.ca.
  18. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Official site for David Anderson
  • David Anderson - Facebook
  • David Anderson - Twitter
  • David Anderson - Youtube
  • How'd They Vote?: David Anderson's voting history and quotes
  • David Anderson (Saskatchewan politician) – Parliament of Canada biography
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