James Bezan was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2004. In 2015 he was re-elected in the newly created riding of Selkirk–Interlake–Eastman. He has been named the Official Opposition Critic for National Defence. Prior to the election he had been the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, active on military procurement and mental health issues in the Canadian Forces.
He has also served as chair of the Standing Committees on Agriculture and AgriFood, Environment and National Defence.
Bezan is a strong advocate for rural communities and the agricultural sector. Before running for office he worked in the livestock industry and still operates a family farm. He was a vocal advocate for the Conservative’s reform to the Canadian Wheat Board.
He was also a strong supporter of the dismantling of the long gun registry.
Bezan has been outspoken on the issue of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and was sanctioned by the Russian government, along with 12 other Canadian officials, in 2014. He has also been recognized for his work. He was awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (Ukraine’s highest civilian award) for his private member’s initiative in recognition of the Holodomor, a man-made famine created by the Stalin regime in Ukraine in 1932-33.
In 2013 Bezan table a Private Member’s Bill, C-478, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility), which empowered the courts to set parole ineligibility for a period of up to 40 years for those convicted of abducting, sexually assaulting and murdering a victim.
Bezan has worked for his riding. He was instrumental in leveraging $35 million to protect Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg.
He is married with three daughters.