Lisa Raitt was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. She was the Official Opposition Critic for Finance, but resigned this role to run in the 2017 Conservative Party Leadership Election. Raitt placed 8th in the race, out of a field of 14.
Under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Raitt was the Minister of Transport. She was named to the position shortly after the train derailment in Lac Mégantic, which claimed the lives of 47 people and destroyed dozens of buildings. She also served as Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Labour under Harper.
Before being elected to Parliament, Raitt was president and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority. She had previously worked as the authority’s general counsel and harbourmaster. She was the first female harbourmaster of a Canadian port.
Raitt has a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University, a Master’s of Science, specializing in chemistry, from the University of Guelph and a law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1998. She was awarded the Dr. Harold G. Fox Scholarship and trained with barristers of the Middle Temple in London, UK.
In her law career, Raitt focused on intellectual property, commercial litigation and shipping arbitration.
Raitt is the mother of two boys. She is divorced from playwright David Raitt. She was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia where her father worked in the coal mines.