Borys Wrzesnewskyj represented the riding of Etobicoke Centre from 2004 to 2011. He was defeated in the 2011 election before being elected in 2015. He is also a businessman, the owner of Future Bakery Ltd. and MC Dairy Ltd.
As an MP, Wrzesnewskyj was a member of several standing committees including the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and the Standing Committee on Transport.
Wrzesnewskyj is a third-generation Ukrainian-Canada. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Trinity College at the University of Toronto but after graduation gained an interest in human rights and pro-democracy work. He was actively involved in organizing a Canadian delegation to Ukraine to monitor the election during the Orange Revolution. He was credited by Prime Minister Paul Martin as the reason for Canada’s continued involvement in democracy-building in Ukraine.
Wrzesnewskyj has also self-financed missions to Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and Sudan. He also passed several Private Member’s Bills, including C-180 which amended the Criminal Code on hate propaganda, and Bill C-537, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (judicial interim release for offences involving firearms). Wrzesnewskyj has also been involved in controversy. In 2006 he stated publicly that the Canadian government should engage in talks with militant organizations, particularly Hezbollah. In 2007 he called for a judicial inquiry into the RCMP pension fund scandal and was instrumental in bringing it before the Public Accounts Committee.
In 2010, Wrzesnewskyj created the Roman Wrzesnewskyj Polish Endowment Fund for the preservation and development of advanced Polish language studies at the University of Toronto. He has also provided funding support for election monitoring, grants for archival research into Ukrainian history, especially around World War II and the Holocaust. The foundation also sponsors an internship for a Ukrainian in Canada’s Parliament annually.
Wrzesnewskyj has been awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise by the Ukrainian President for his distinguished services to the people of Ukraine; the Knight’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by Poland’s President for work on Canada Poland relations and the Estonian Canadian Medal of Merit for his outstanding contribution to Canadians of Estonian heritage.