John Nater

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John Nater

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Perth—Wellington
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Gary Schellenberger
West Perth Municipal Councillor
In office
December 1, 2010 – December 1, 2014
Constituency Mitchell Ward
Personal details
Born 1984
West Perth, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Justine Nater (m. 2013)
Children 3
Residence Mitchell, Ontario
Alma mater Carleton University (2007)
Queen's University (2008)

John Nater MP (born 1984) is a Canadian politician. He is currently serving as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Perth—Wellington in the House of Commons of Canada.


Education and early life

Nater was born in Logan Township (now part of the Township of West Perth), and raised on a family pig farm. He attended Carleton University from 2003 to 2007 and earned a bachelor's degree in public policy and administration. After graduation, he subsequently received a master's degree in public policy at Queen's University in 2008. During this time Nater volunteered and later became special assistant to MP Gary Schellenberger.

Municipal Politics

In the 2010 Ontario municipal election, Nater was elected to the Council of the Municipality of West Perth as a representative for the Mitchell Ward. During his time on municipal council Nater served as chair of the Environmental Services Committee. In 2014 the committee began a project to build a new water tower in Mitchell.[1]

He did not run for re-election in the subsequent municipal election, as he planned to seek the Conservative nomination for Perth-Wellington, vacated due to the impending retirement of long-serving MP Gary Schellenberger.

Federal Politics

Nater won the nomination,[2] and was elected in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.[3][4]

From February 17, 2016 to September 18, 2017 Nater was named Vice Chair of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages.[5] During this time he was critical of the Liberal Government's decision to nominate Madeleine Meilleur as Official Languages Commissioner. Nater frequently called the nomination partisan and questioned the Liberal Governments appointments process.[6]

During the 42nd Canadian Parliament Nater earned a reputation as an expert on Parliamentary Procedure.[7]

On March 23, 2017 Nater made an intervention in the House of Commons on the Question of Privilege raised a day earlier by Lisa Raitt and Maxime Bernier. Nater argued there was sufficient grounds for a Prima Facie question of privilege. On April 6, 2017 Speaker Geoff Regan ruled there was. However, during debate on the motion following the ruling the Liberal MP Alexandra Mendès moved a motion to proceed to orders of the day, ending the debate and with it the opportunity to address a violation of Members' rights.[8]

On April 7, 2017 Nater made another intervention asking the Speaker to revive the previous motion. Citing extensively from previous speakers rulings and the rules of parliamentary procedure Nater argued that the Government's motion to move to orders of the day during a debate on a motion of privilege "is an extremely dangerous precedent that denies members their fundamental right to vote" [9]

On April 11, 2017 Regan ruled in favour of Nater and invited him to once again move a motion to refer the issue to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.[10]

On August 30, 2017 Nater wast named Official Opposition Shadow Secretary for Interprovincial Trade and the Sharing economy.[11]

On September 19, 2017 Nater was named a member of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.

On January 28, 2019 Nater introduced a bill to amend the Criminal Code. Inspired from an criminal incident in Stratford the intention of the bill was to better protect young people and people with disabilities from sexual exploitation.[12]

Electoral record

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Nater 22,255 43.0 -11.5
Liberal Stephen McCotter 19,420 37.5 +19.5
New Democratic Ethan Rabidoux 7,756 15.0 -6.3
Green Nicole Ramsdale 1,347 2.6 -2.0
Christian Heritage Irma DeVries 794 1.5 -0.2
No affiliation Roger Fuhr 217 0.4
Total valid votes 51,789 100.0  
Total rejected ballots  
Turnout 51,789 68.1% +4.6%
Eligible voters 76,097
Conservative hold Swing -15.5%
Source: Elections Canada

Further reading


  • Brock, Kathy L.; Burbidge, Matthew P.J.; Nater, John L. (2010). "13: A Resilient State: The Federal Public Service, Challenges, Paradoxes, and a New Vision for the Twenty-First Century". In Dunn, Christopher (ed.). The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration (2nd ed.). Toronto: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19542983-1.
  • Spicer, Zachary; Nater, John L. (2013). "Legislative Dissent without Reprisal? An Alternative View of Speaker Selection". The Journal of Legislative Studies. 19 (4): 505–525. doi:10.1080/13572334.2013.812356.


  1. ^ "Taps turned on at west end water tower". The Mitchell Advocate.
  2. ^ Laura Cudworth (November 9, 2014). "Mitchell's John Nater ready to build campaign team for next federal election". Stratford Beacon-Herald.
  3. ^ Rice, Steve. "Pupil takes over from teacher as local MP". Stratford Beacon Herald. Stratford Beacon Herald. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  4. ^ Rice, Steve. "Hard work won riding, Nater says". Stratford Beacon Herald. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  5. ^ "LANG - Election of Vice-Chairs".
  6. ^ "Publication Search".
  7. ^ Times, The Hill (10 July 2017). "How a farm boy from Logan Township became one of the biggest procedural nerds in the House - The Hill Times".
  8. ^ "Debates (Hansard) No. 161 - April 6, 2017 (42-1) - House of Commons of Canada".
  9. ^ "Debates (Hansard) No. 162 - April 7, 2017 (42-1) - House of Commons of Canada".
  10. ^ "Debates (Hansard) No. 164 - April 11, 2017 (42-1) - House of Commons of Canada".
  11. ^ "Team".
  12. ^

External links

  • "John Nater, M.P."
  • "Members of Parliament: John Nater".
  • "Phd Students: John Nater". Department of Political Science, Western University.
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