Cheryl Gallant was first elected in Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke as a Canadian Alliance MP in 2000. She was named by Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose as the Official Opposition Critic for Regional Development for Northern Ontario, she previously held this critic portfolio in the 37th Parliament.
Gallant is an advocate for both CFB Petawawa and the Chalk River nuclear facility, both of which are in her riding. In the past she has been outspoken against abortion and in support of the Christian right.
In April 2012 she placed second in the Hill Times annual survey for best constituency MP.
Before entering politics, Gallant was the Chair of the City of Pembroke Downtown Development Commission and a member of the city’s Economic Advisory Committee. These roles gave her a focus on job creation and low taxes for small business.
As an MP, Gallant has served as the Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition and as a member of numerous Standing Committees, including National Defence and Veteran’s Affairs. Gallant was also elected Chair of the Canadian-NATO Parliamentary Association and has represented Canada in the NATO assembly.
Gallant has a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Western Ontario. She did postgraduate work in biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacology and environmental chemistry and worked at the University of Toronto doing biochemistry research.
Gallant is married with four daughters. She and her husband owned a business together with Gallant acting as Chief Administrative Director. She has also worked as an insurance executive.