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The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C.

The Honourable Rob Nicholson served his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ontario for more than 35 years as a Member of Canadian Parliament (MP), a school trustee, and a Regional Councillor.

A respected MP with a stellar political career, Rob Nicholson was first elected to Parliament in 1984 and, as the longest-serving MP when he retired in 2019, served under five Prime Ministers. He has also held several high-profile positions while in Parliament, including House Leader, when he was responsible for working with Opposition parties to gain support for the government’s legislative agenda and steering legislation through parliament.

During his first term in Parliament, Nicholson served as Minister for Science and Minister responsible for Small Business. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Most recently Nicholson was appointed Shadow Minister for Public Services and Procurement.

In February of 2015, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he served as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform. In February 2006 he was named Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada where he served until he was named Minister of National Defence in July 2013. In November 2015, Nicholson was named the Justice Critic for her Majesty’s Official Opposition.

In the 1993 election, the entire caucus except for two MPs was defeated, including Nicholson. He continued his public service, however, by serving in Municipal politics. He was elected as a school trustee for the Niagara Catholic District School Board in 1994 and elected to Niagara Regional Council later that same year. He was reelected to Regional council in 2000 and 2003.
In the 2004 election Nicholson was returned to Ottawa and served as MP until he chose not to run again in the 2019 election.

Nicholson has a law degree from the University of Windsor and is a member of the Upper Canada Law Society. He is married to Arlene and has three adult children.