Mark Eyking was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000. He has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and as the Liberal Party’s critic on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Eyking has served on several Standing Committees, including International Trade and Agriculture. He also worked on the Agricultural Task Force.
He was a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in 2001/2002. During that time the committee visited countries that are predominantly Muslim to try and foster better relationships.
Before Eyking ran for federal office, he and his wife spent 20 years running a successful vegetable farm. They were award a Cape Breton Business Excellence Award and an Outstanding Young Farmers of Nova Scotia Award for their work on the farm.
In his community, Eyking has volunteered his time with numerous organizations including St. Joseph’s Church, the Millville Community Centre and the Cape Breton Federation of Agriculture.
He has a diploma in business from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and studied at the University of Davis in California, focussing on sustainable agriculture. He has helped implement sustainable agricultural practices in Central America.
He and his wife Donna have four children. Eyking’s parents emigrated to Canada from Holland in 1960.