Wayne Easter was first elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Malpeque in 1993.
Easter was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and raised on the family farm in North Wiltshire. He has a diploma from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. He was granted a certificate from the Canadian International Grains Institute in 1973.
In 1988, Easter received an Honourary Doctorate of Law degree from UPEI for his work and contribution to agriculture and social activism on the national and international level. He was awarded the Governor General’s Canada 125 Medal in 1992 for community service.
In Parliament, Easter has served as Solicitor General of Canada, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Oceans, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and AgriFood with special responsibilities for the Rural Secretariat, and Liberal Critic for Public Safety.
Easter was National President and CEO of the National Farmers Union for 11 years, and served as an advisor to the Trudeau administration for the federal export agency, Canagrex. Easter was an advisor to the Minister of Agriculture at the FAO Conference in Rome in 1983 and was an invited participant under the European Community’s Visitors Program examining Common Agricultural Policy and International Agricultural Trade Issues in 1987. In 1988 he toured New Zealand examining the impact of Farm Policy and Free Trade Issues.
In 1990, Easter was an advisor and panelist for the Tri-national Exchange on Agriculture, the Environment and Free Trade Agreements with Canada, the United States and Mexico and in 1991, with the Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food, he was an advisor and delegate to GATT discussions in Geneva and Brussels. He also served as panelist to a Congressional briefing on NAFTA in Washington in March 1993.
In his role as Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture and Rural Development, Easter traveled across Canada conducting round table discussions on the farm income crisis. This resulted in his report, “Empowering Canadian Farmers in the Marketplace”.
Easter and his wife Helen, a nurse, live in North Wiltshire and have two grown children.