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Parliament Hill Tourism Champions Overview: Key MP’s & Caucuses to Watch

posted on January 10, 2020

It’s a new year, and a pretty new parliament in Ottawa, which means to succeed tourism’s 2020 advocacy efforts, TIAC’s outreach and target audiences must reflect the reality, and anticipate the challenges, of the new political landscape.

Identifying key Ministers, Members of Parliament, Senators, and Committees to watch is part of the process to find “Tourism Champions” – in other words, those we hope to work closely with to advance tourism. In terms of criteria, we look at a few key measures, such as regions that see significant tourism activity, as well as key ministries and parliamentary caucuses that work on tourism related issues.

The tables below, show the information the TIAC team has been working hard to assemble and strategize on.


Table 1

The following MPs represent the areas in Canada with the greatest number of tourism businesses:


MP Name

Niagara Falls  

Tony Baldinelli

Vancouver Centre / Vancouver-Centre  

Hon. Hedy Fry

Vancouver East / Vancouver-Est  

Jenny Kwan


Hon. Steven Guilbeault

Spadina--Fort York  

Adam Vaughan


Blake Richards

West Vancouver--Sunshine Coast--Sea To Sky Country  

Patrick Weiler

Vancouver Kingsway  

Don Davies

Calgary Skyview  

Jag Sahota



Parkdale--High Park  

Arif Varani

Toronto Centre / Toronto-Centre  

Bill Morneau


Laurel Collins

Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie

Alexandre Boulerice

Calgary Centre / Calgary-Centre  

Greg McLean

North Vancouver  

Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson


Julie Dabrusin


Rob Morrison


Table 2

Ministries that work on issues related to tourism.

These ministers (and supporting parliamentary secretaries) are key targets for TIAC:



Melanie Joly

Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (responsible for tourism);

Marc Garneau

Minister of Transport

Catherine McKenna

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Maryam Monsef

Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Mary Ng

Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Filomena Tassi

Minister of Labour

Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Bernadette Jordan

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Steven Guilbeault

Minister of Canadian Heritage

Marco E. L. Mendicino

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Jonathan Wilkinson

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Bill Morneau

Minister of Finance


Table 3

While there are many Parliamentary Secretaries, the six (6) involved in the Economic Development portfolio are key to the tourism portfolio:

Parliamentary Secretary


René Arseneault

PS - Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Official Languages

Larry Bagnell

PS - Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Élisabeth Brière

PS - Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Terry Duguid

PS - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Terry Sheehan

PS - FedNor

Kate Young

PS - FedDev Ontario


Please note that these tables are not extensive. TIAC plans to engage regularly with a broad rage of parliamentarians, senators, and government officials in the months to come.