Harold Albrecht has been the Conservative MP for Kitchener-Conestoga since 2006. He is a lifelong resident of the region.
A dentist by trade, Albrecht ran his own practice in Kitchener for 27 years before becoming involved in federal politics. During that time he participated in several mission trips, using his professional skills to help those in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. During this time Albrecht also served as a Trustee for the Waterloo County Board of Education.
In 1999, Albrecht founded the Pathway Community Church where he acted as Pastor until 2005 when he took a leave of absence to run for election.
Albrecht is very active in Parliament. He is the Vice-Chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association and a member of both the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association and the Canada-Germany Interparliamentary Group.
He is also active in a number of caucuses which serve specific sectors, including the auto caucus, the rural caucus and the pro-life caucus. He is Co-Chair of the Chemical Caucus, founder of the Bio Caucus, and is a co-founder of the Post-Secondary Education Caucus and the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care.
In the 41st Parliament Albrecht presented a Private Member’s Bill calling on the government to develop a federal framework for suicide prevention. That bill, C-300, received royal assent on December 14, 2014. He has been vocal in his criticism of a US court ruling that overturned the conviction of a man who was accused of helping a Brampton teenager commit suicide.
Albrecht’s first wife Betty died the night of the 2011 election. He has since remarried and together he and Darlene Albrecht run a hobby farm.