Official Kitchener Centre Conservative Party Candidate of Record
Stephen represented the voters in Kitchener-Centre faithfully since being elected as their MP in 2008 until 2015. In addition to serving on the House of Commons’ Environment, Justice and Human Rights, Fisheries and Oceans and Public Accounts Committees, Stephen has always made a point of being accessible to his constituents, both in and outside the office. He attended hundreds of community events while serving as MP for Kitchener-Centre, getting to know constituents and demonstrating support for the work done by our many excellent community groups.
As Member of Parliament Stephen hosted a pre-budget town hall meeting, a budget round table, annual New Years Levees, annual Seniors Information Fairs, Shredding Days for constituents and six passport clinics. Stephen was the author of Motion 312, in defense of human equality, calling for an up to date study of twenty-first century medical and scientific evidence relevant to the truthfulness or falsity of Canada’s 400 year old legal definition of human being.
Prior to being elected Stephen practiced law in Kitchener for almost 30 years, providing quality, affordable legal assistance to thousands of Canadians. He is grateful for the trust that many of his friends and neighbours have placed in his experience and judgment. Before completing his law degree in 1977, Stephen attended Wilfrid Laurier University, paying for tuition by working on assembly lines at MTD Products and Budd Automotive (known later as Kitchener Frame).
Over the years Stephen has also had the privilege of assisting many local organizations as a Board member or advisor. He was elected a School Trustee in Kitchener in 1994, 1997 and 2000, served with Big Brothers and Catholic Family Counselling (now Carizon), volunteered regularly with the Knights of Columbus and has been a lector at his church since 1967.
Stephen met his wife Sharon during law school at the University of Western Ontario. They were married in 1976 and have been blessed with three wonderful children, Nathan, Adam, and Laura, and three grand-children, and live in Kitchener, where Stephen was born and raised.