Arnold Viersen was born in Barrhead, Alberta and grew up nearby in the rural community of Neerlandia with his five siblings. Following high school, Arnold apprenticed as an auto service technician and attained his journeyman ticket from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Arnold has also earned a business degree from the University of the Fraser Valley while continuing his automotive career.
In 2010, Arnold married Melissa Bredenhof and they currently live in Westlock County, close to his childhood home in Neerlandia. Arnold and Melissa have three children Aliyah, Seeley, and Jillian.
In October 2015, Arnold Viersen was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Peace River—Westlock, one of the largest districts in Canada and represents one third of Northern Alberta. Peace River - Westlock has a population of 108,095 and includes fourteen First Nations and three Metis Settlements.
As a member of the Official Opposition, Arnold Viersen is the Deputy Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development. He is passionate about advocating for the rights and concerns of rural families, farms and industries in Alberta and across Canada. Since 2015, MP Viersen has been a member of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
Arnold has actively advocated against online sexual violence and human trafficking. On March 8 2016, Arnold introduced Motion M-47 that instructed the Health Committee to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women, and men. Working across party lines, Arnold gained the support of the Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Bloc and Green parties and on December 8, 2016, Motion M-47 was unanimously adopted by the House of Commons. During the spring of 2017, the Health Committee studied the topic of Motion M-47 and tabled a report in the House of Commons on June 9, 2017.
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