Don Valley West
Rob Oliphant was first elected as the MP for Don Valley West in 2008 but lost the 2011 election. After being re-elected in 2015, Oliphant has been appointed the co-chair of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying.
He has previously served as the Liberal Party’s critic for Veterans Affairs and for Multiculturalism.
An ordained United Church minister, Oliphant has worked to bridge faith and cultural organizations. He was a founding member of Affirm Canada, an organization that advocates for LGBTTQ rights. He also promotes interfaith dialogue between Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations.
Oliphant has also advocated for better treatment of seniors, better public housing and better programs targeted at at-risk youth. As an advocate for public health, Oliphant has served as CEO of the Global Allergy and Asthma Society of Canada, as well as serving on the governing council of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada.
Oliphant has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, and spent time working as an accountant.
He later enrolled in the Vancouver School of Theology and became an ordained Minister, before earning his Doctorate of Ministry. He has served at the Eglinton St. George chapter of the United Church for the past decade.
Before running for office, Oliphant worked as an advisor in the office of Ontario Premier David Peterson.
Oliphant is married to Marco Fiola, the chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Ryerson University.