Alex Nuttall was a city councillor in Barrie, Ontario before entering federal politics, first elected at the age of 21 making him the youngest councillor ever elected in that city. He also worked as a commercial account manager at a local credit union between 2013 and the federal election. Nuttall says federal politics has always been his goal and organizers say he spent the year before the nomination gathering supporters around the riding.
His main policy focus is fiscal accountability. Nuttall grew up in subsidized housing and says he learned along the way that a strong work ethic is the secret to creating opportunity. He also supports lowering taxes for small businesses to give them the chance to grow.
During the campaign he spoke out about the cleanup of Lake Simcoe. Nuttall has been active in the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority.
He was named the opposition critic for Federal Development for Southern Ontario by interim leader Rona Ambrose. He says that his focus in this role will be on economic development and job growth for the region particularly in terms of manufacturing. He also plans to work with municipal leaders across the country to hold the federal government to account.
He is currently a the Official Opposition Critic for the new Sharing Economy, and the Deputy Critic Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
He won the his riding by 86 votes after a judicial recount.
He is married with one son.