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Hon. Erin O’Toole – Conservative MP for Durham, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Erin O'Toole is the Member of Parliament for Durham (Conservative) and the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Canadian Parliament. He was first elected in a 2012 by-election and re-elected in 2015. He previously served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and in cabinet as Minister of Veterans Affairs. Mr. O’Toole brings a unique set of experiences to his role in Parliament. A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, he served a total of twelve years in the Canadian Armed Forces and several years flying on the Sea King helicopter as a tactical navigator in support of Royal Canadian Navy operations in Canada and abroad. He transferred to the reserves and attended law school at Dalhousie University, following which, he worked as a corporate lawyer in Toronto at two national law firms and as in-house counsel for a large consumer goods company and the largest private sector employer in Eastern Ontario. After he left the military and began his corporate career, Mr. O’Toole also devoted a large portion of his time to causes he was passionate about. He was one of the founders of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which has raised awareness and significant funds for programs supporting members of the military, veterans and their families. True Patriot Love recently brought the Invictus Games to Canada, an initiative Mr. O’Toole championed as Minister. He was also a director of the Vimy Foundation and the non-partisan Churchill Society, which promoted public awareness and education about Canadian history and our parliamentary democracy respectively. A Rotarian and member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Erin has been proud to lead and follow others on a series of charitable and non-profit initiatives to help build his community and country. For this work he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Young Alumnus Award from Dalhousie University. He met his wife Rebecca while serving in Nova Scotia and together they are raising two children and one spunky yellow Labrador retriever.