Mark Holland served as MP for Ajax from 2004 to 2011. After losing the 2011 election to Conservative Chris Alexander, Holland ran again and won in 2015. He has been named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
In his previous term as Member of Parliament Holland served as the Liberal critic for Natural Resources and for Public Safety and National Security. He served on several Standing Committees including as vice-chair of Public Accounts and and Public Safety and National Security.
As an MP, Holland presented a Private Member’s Bill, C-261, that would have lowered the voting age in Canadian federal elections to 16. The bill did not pass.
Before running federally, Holland was a councillor for the Regional Municipality of Durham and the City of Pickering. He also served as Acting Mayor for the City of Pickering. During this time he led the re-development of the city’s waterfront through the creation of the Millennium Waterfront Committee, and helped create the Youth Partnership Initiative to create opportunities for youth in Durham.
After his election loss, Holland served as Director of Health Promotion and Public Affairs for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and subsequently as Executive Director Ontario Mission and the National Director of Children and Youth for the foundation.
Holland has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Toronto. After graduating he worked as an assistant to Dan McTeague, the MP for Pickering—Scarborough East. He has also worked for the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Royal Bank of Canada and CIBC.
Holland has served as a member of the Durham Region Police Services Board and the Durham Region Finance and Administrative Committee, and vice-chair of the Ajax-Pickering Social Development Council and the Ajax-Pickering Block Parent program. He was a founding member of the Durham West Arts Centre.
Holland lives in Ajax with his three children.