John Brassard is the first MP of the new Electoral District of Barrie-Innisfil and a member of the Shadow Cabinet, serving as the Deputy Opposition Whip in Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. After a distinguished nine-year / three-term tenure on Barrie’s City Council, John was elected to Parliament in October 2015.
For over thirty years, John served as a firefighter with both the City of York (now Toronto) and the City of Markham. During that time, he developed a great deal of expertise in labour relations through his service as an Executive Member of the Markham Professional Firefighter’s Association, including a three-year term as its President. John also has a background in business as a co-owner of a successful sports marketing company, a venture he founded with his father.
John has been happily married to his wife Liane for over twenty eight years. They have four children—Jeff, Courtney, Matt, and Mitch. The Brassards are a hockey family through-and-through, and they are never very far from the rink.
During his tenure on Barrie’s City Council, John was well-known for his wide-ranging constituency work and community involvement. He also served as chairperson on a number of committees, including Community Services, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Development Services, and Transit.
Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose appointed the newly elected Brassard as the critic for Urban Affairs in November of 2015. Less than a year later in October of 2016, Ms. Ambrose promoted the Barrie-Innisfil MP to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet as the Official Opposition Critic for Veterans Affairs.
On August 30, 2017, MP Brassard joined the House Leadership Team when he was appointed by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as Deputy Opposition Whip.
John Brassard understands the issues and challenges that confront communities across our country. As a Member of Parliament, he continues to work tirelessly to help all Canadians achieve a thriving and prosperous nation.