Ed Fast has been a Member of Parliament since 2006. In the last Parliament he served as Minister of International Trade and was in charge of Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy. The strategy aims to make the country’s economy more competitive by deepening trade ties around the world. He is currently the Official Opposition Critic for Environment and Climate Change.
As Minister, Fast was in charge of negotiating the Canada European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Trans Pacific Partnership. He was the longest serving trade minister in the Harper government.
In 2006 Fast introduced Bill B-277, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (luring a child). The bill, which received royal assent in 2007, increased the maximum sentence for luring children over the internet for sexual purposes.
Prior to becoming a cabinet minister, Fast chaired the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. He also served on the Standing Committees on Canadian Heritage, the Standing Committee on Transport and the Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communities.
Before being elected to the House of Commons he served two terms as a school trustee in Abbotsford and as a member of Abbotsford City Council. Fast is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. He practice corporate and commercial law for more than two decades.
He is married with four daughters and four grandchildren.