Chuck Strahl was born in New Westminster, BC, and has lived in BC all his life. He was a successful logging and road building contractor prior to his election to the House of Commons in 1993. He was elected in 6 consecutive elections before retiring from Parliament on the eve of the 2011 federal campaign.
Mr. Strahl filled a number of Parliamentary roles while in Opposition from 1993 to 2006, including Party Whip and House Leader, as well as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. He played an active role in the reunification of the conservative movement, and continues to speak and write about the Canadian political scene.
As a member of the Privy Council, Mr. Strahl served in several senior roles in a Conservative government, including Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. He was a member of Cabinet's Planning and Priorities Committee, and was also Chair of the Cabinet's Social Affairs Committee.
After retiring from Parliament, Mr. Strahl completed the Director's Education Program at Calgary's Haskayne Business School, and subsequently joined the Board of Dominion Diamond Corporation, where he is Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. He is also a Director of the Manning Centre (a not-for-profit political training and research organization).
Mr. Strahl is a Member of his local Rotary club, and also serves as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of The Royal Westminster Regiment.Back to speakers