The new NDP MP for Regina–Lewvan, Erin Weir is an economist by trade. He has spent his career advocating for enhancements to Employment Insurance, CPP and OAS. He also wants to see increased investment in renewable power and public transit for a greener economy. He has been named the party’s critic for Public Services and Procurement Canada.
Prior to his election, Weir served as president of the Progressive Economics Forum and on the national board of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He has been involved in politics since a young age, serving as president of the Saskatchewan Young New Democrats. He has been active in riding association, provincial council and in provincial and federal campaigns. Weir served as the economist for Jack Layton’s 2008 campaign and has advised the party in numerous budget lockups.
Born and raised in the riding, Weir ran for the leadership of the provincial NDP in 2013. During the leadership campaign Weir proposed universal early learning and childcare.
Weir has degrees from the University of Regina, the University of Calgary and Queen’s University. He was the top graduate in economics at the University of Regina and the top graduate in policy studies from Queen’s. He has worked as an economist in the federal public service at Treasury Board, Finance and the Privy Council Office. He has also worked for the Canadian Labour Congress, the International Trade Union Confederation and the United Steelworkers.