David Tkachuk

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David Tkachuk
Senator for Saskatchewan
Assumed office
June 8, 1993
Nominated by Brian Mulroney
Appointed by Ray Hnatyshyn
Personal details
Born (1945-02-18) February 18, 1945 (age 74)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Political party Conservative Party of Canada
Other political
affiliations
Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative Party,
Social Credit Party of British Columbia,
Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

David Tkachuk (born February 18, 1945) is a Canadian teacher, executive and politician. Tkachuk is a member of the Senate of Canada, representing Saskatchewan.

Life and career

David Tkachuk was born on February 18, 1945, to George and Pauline (née Berezowski) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He had a younger sister named Darlene who died in 2004. He is a second generation Canadian-Ukrainian as maternal grandparents were from the region of Sokal, Ukraine. The origin of his paternal grandparents is unknown.[citation needed]

Tkachuk graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts in 1965 and earned a teaching certificate in 1966. Tkachuk joined the Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative Party in 1974. He helped build the then-moribund organization into an electoral force that was able to form government in Saskatchewan under Grant Devine. Tkachuk served in the Premier's Office as Devine's principal secretary. Tkachuk also worked for the British Columbia Social Credit Party for one year.[citation needed]

Also a long time worker for the federal Progressive Conservative Party, Tkachuk was appointed to the Senate in June 1993 on the recommendation of Brian Mulroney weeks before his retirement as Prime Minister of Canada.

He served in the Senate as a Progressive Conservative and now sits as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. In March 2005, Conservative leader Stephen Harper appointed Tkachuk to the position of Senate Chair for the party's 2006 election campaign. Tkachuk previously served as co-chair of the Progressive Conservative's 1997 election campaign.

Tkachuk has been chairman of the John Diefenbaker Society since 1992, and was instrumental in arranging funding to keep the former prime minister's papers at the University of Saskatchewan's John G. Diefenbaker Centre. He also serves as president of Blackstrap Hospitality Corporation, and is on the board of Calian Technologies Ltd. He is also active in the Ukrainian community.

Controversy

Tkuchak was involved in the Mike Duffy scandal, serving as one of a three-member senate committee whose report sought to whitewash Duffy's fallacious claims for living expenses.[1]

Senator David Tkuchak while speaking to the pro-pipeline crowd at Parliament Hill on February 20, 2019, urged the group to "roll over every Liberal left in the country". He continued, "When they are gone, these bills are gone." Given that 10 people were killed in the terrorist attack in April 2018 in North York after being run over by a van, Member of Parliament for Willowdale Ali Ehsassi released a statement which condemned the Senator for inciting violence against Canadians and demanded that Senator Tkuchak be forced to resign and called for his removal from the Conservative Caucus.[2] CPC leader Andrew Scheer, who also attended the event, was criticized for failing to take action against Tkuchak, who has refused to apologize and claimed that he was speaking figuratively.[3]

References

  1. ^ "A look at some of the less familiar faces to appear in the Mike Duffy trial", The Canadian Press
  2. ^ Ehsassi, Ali (2019-02-23). "Please see my statement calling on @AndrewScheer to remove Senator David Tkachuk from Conservative caucus.pic.twitter.com/tKtElyKc2A". @AliEhsassi. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  3. ^ "Senator won't apologize for telling protesters to 'roll over every Liberal'"

External links

  • David Tkachuk – Parliament of Canada biography
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