You are invited to join the Macdonald Cartier Club VIRTUALLY via Zoom, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m.
To Hear: The Honourable Candice Bergen, MP for Portage-Lisgar and Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
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Biography: Candice Bergen
The Hon. Candice Bergen was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and was re-elected in the 2011, 2015 and 2019 elections, representing the riding Portage-Lisgar in Manitoba. On November 20th, 2015, Candice was appointed to the Opposition Shadow Cabinet as Critic for the Natural Resources Portfolio. On September 15, 2016 Candice was appointed as Conservative House Leader by Interim Conservative Leader, Rona Ambrose. In August 2017, she was reappointed as the Conservative House Leader by the Party’s new leader, Andrew Scheer. Most recently, Candice was appointed by the new Conservative Leader the Hon. Erin O’Toole, as Deputy Leader.
In 2015, Candice served as Canada’s Minister of State for Social Development having previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety. In her role as Minister of State for Social Development, she worked with all provinces and territories to ensure Canada’s affordable housing programs were fair to taxpayers and sustainable for those families needing support. She also reformed the government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy towards an evidence-based Housing First approach that is producing measurable results in reducing homelessness. As the lead Minister responsible for the Office of Disability Issues, Candice ensured families and Canadians living with disabilities were supported through world-leading programs such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan, Opportunities Fund and Enabling Accessibility Fund.
Candice is also strong advocate for rural issues and has been recognized throughout the country for her determined efforts to put an end to the wasteful, ineffective long-gun registry when the Conservative Party won a majority government in 2011.
Candice brings extensive experience in both the business and political communities. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, she worked in the financial planning industry, and was the Manitoba Campaign Manager for Stephen Harper’s leadership bid for the Conservative Party of Canada. She has also acted as an advisor to several Members of Parliament and served as Chief Organizer for the Conservative Party of Canada in Manitoba.
Candice is also committed to her community and has done extensive volunteer work within Manitoba. She has dedicated her time to various youth groups and has worked with at-risk youth as well adults in correctional facilities. She has also volunteered with the palliative care program at her local hospital, Boundary Trails Health Centre.
Born in Morden, Manitoba, Candice now resides in Oak Bluff, Manitoba