Leeds-Greenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
Gord Brown was first elected in 2004. He has been named the Chief Opposition Whip for the 42nd Parliament, and sits on the Board of Internal Economy.
As a parliamentarian Brown has introduced several Private Member’s Bills. Bill C-542, which did not pass before the dissolution of the house, would have provided EI benefits for working parents with critically ill children. The government then added elements of the bill to Bill C-44, which received royal assent in 2012. Brown’s Bill C393, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional-Release Act, which would have set mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with a concealed weapon.
Brown has served on many Standing Committees since his first election to Parliament including those for Canadian Heritage, Public Safety and Security and Industry, Science and Technology. Brown chaired two special committees reviewing specific legislation, first the Anti-Terrorism Act and secondly the committee reviewing Canada’s copyright legislation.
He has also served the Conservative Party as vice-chair and then chair of the Eastern Ontario Conservative Caucus.
Brown has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Carleton University and completed the Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.
Before being elected to the House of Commons he was a town councillor in Ganonoque, Ontario. He also served as president of the 1000 Islands–Ganonoque Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
He is married and has two sons.