Durham MP Erin O’Toole appointed to Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada

Bowmanville, ON — Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of Durham Member of Parliament Erin O’Toole to the cabinet position of Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada. Minister O’Toole was sworn in at Rideau Hall this afternoon.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve our veterans and appreciate the Prime Minister’s confidence in me,” said Minister O’Toole. “From the age of 18 when I joined the military out of high school up until today, the men and women of the Canadian Forces, their families, and our veterans, have always been a very important part of my life.”

“My continued commitment to the Durham riding will remain a top priority. I have an experienced and capable team and we will continue to work hard on behalf of our communities and constituents,” said Minister O’Toole.

Minister O’Toole brings some unique experience to this portfolio. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 12 years and has been a passionate advocate for military families and veterans for many years. He is a member of Branch 178 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Bowmanville and served on the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada, his alma matter. ‎He was one of the founders of the True Patriot Love Foundation and has worked alongside many passionate Canadians over the years, supporting our veterans and preserving Canada’s military history.

Minister O’Toole was elected on November 26, 2012 in a by-election and was appointed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade in September 2013. Born and raised in Bowmanville and Port Perry, Minister O’Toole lives in Courtice with his wife Rebecca and children Mollie (8) and Jack (3).

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Minister Erin O'Toole being greeted by The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, with the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper looking on.

Image left to right- The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D. Governor General of Canada. Looking on – The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister.

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