Peter Kent was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. After being re-elected in Thornhill in 2015 he was named the Conservative Party’s Deputy Critic for Foreign Affairs.
He has previously served as Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the Americas and Minister of the Environment. He also chaired the Standing Committee on National Defence.
Before running for office, Kent was well know as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He worked in journalism for more than 40 years as a writer, reporter, producer and anchor covering major events around the world. He is a member of Canada’s Broadcast Hall of Fame. Kent was also the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award, which honours exceptional journalism.
Kent was born in Bramshott, Sussex, UK where his parents were both service with the Canadian Forces, his father as army corps and his mother as a nurse. Kent himself was a Sea Cadet and a member of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Army Reserve.
Kent is active in the community of Thornhill, working as a mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and is involved with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.