Peter Van Loan was first elected to the House of Common to represent York–Simcoe in 2004. He has been named the Conservative Party’s critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites.
Before the election in October 2015 Van Loan was the Government House Leader.
In 2014 Van Loan was one of 13 Canadian politicians banned from travelling to Russia by President Vladimir Putin.
Van Loan has also served as Canada’s Minister for Democratic Reform, Minister of Public Safety, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister for Sport and Minister of International Trade.
Before he was named to cabinet, Van Loan was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and served on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. As an opposition MP Van Loan was a member of the Standing Committee on Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Van Loan has been active in the Conservative Party for more than 30 years. He has served the party as a riding association president, campaign manager event organizer and trainer.
Between 1994 and 1998 he was president of the Ontario PC Party and between 1999 and 2000 he was the president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. In 2006 he served as Caucus Campaign Chair for the federal Conservatives.
Before running for office, Van Loan worked with the law firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP specializing in municipal and planning law. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Arts in international relations. He spent some time teaching at the University of Toronto in the Master’s Planning Program.
Van Loan was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998.