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January 13, 2021

Ottawa Must Add Magnitsky Sanctions & Financial Penalties on Businesses to Protect Human Rights in Xinjiang Province

St. Stephen, New Brunswick – New Brunswick Southwest Member of Parliament John Williamson issued the following statement in response to Ottawa’s announcement of measures to address human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China: “In July 2020, I called on the federal government to take a firm stand and hold Beijing accountable...

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December 01, 2020

Erin O’Toole responds to Fall Economic Statement

  OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, today released the following statement in response to the Trudeau government’s Fall Economic Statement: “Without a plan for vaccines, there can be no plan for the economy. “Canadians have only asked one thing of this government:...

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November 11, 2020

Erin O'Toole commemorates Remembrance Day

  OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Erin O'Toole, Leader of Canada's Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, today released the following statement recognizing the sacrifice of all who served and those who continue to serve Canada:"This year, Remembrance Day may look a little different from what we're used to. COVID-19 has...

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November 04, 2020

Conservatives Pass Motion to Support Small and Medium Sized Businesses

  Ottawa, ON – Pat Kelly, Conservative Shadow Minister for Small Business and Western Economic Development, and Philip Lawrence, Shadow Minister for National Revenue, released the following statement regarding the passage of the Conservative motion to support small and medium sized businesses: “Today, with the passage of our motion in the House of Commons, Conservatives...

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John Williamson

Meet Your MP

A New Brunswick native from old St. Andrews & Charlotte County families (Williamson, Leighton & Collins), John Williamson has been active in federal politics throughout his life. From joining the Progressive Conservative Party during the 1988 election and volunteering locally for PC Member of Parliament Greg Thompson in the 1990s, to being a part of the team that helped lay the groundwork for the Conservative comeback in 2006, and serving on the national committee that planned and organized the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race that elected its leader Andrew Scheer.

John represented New Brunswick Southwest in the House of Commons in the 41st Parliament (2011-2015) and was an active Member of Parliament at home and in Ottawa. His parliamentary voting record demonstrates that he constantly put the interests of New Brunswick Southwest voters first.

During his time in office, John secured numerous local infrastructure projects for the riding (roads, wharves, federal buildings & upgrades), successfully led efforts to reform gold-plated pensions for Members of Parliament, introduced a Private Member's Bill to eliminate lifetime parliamentary pensions for federal politicians convicted of criminal malfeasance, and voted with Conservative colleagues to end the Liberal's wasteful and ineffective Long-Gun Registry.

In the 2015 federal election, John’s campaign had the highest Conservative vote — 38.6% — of all 32 ridings in Atlantic Canada. It wasn’t enough to get over the top and the Liberals won by a mere 2,031 votes, but it was a clear signal the local Conservative campaign in New Brunswick Southwest was strong.

Immediately after the 2015 election, John began writing a regular Telegraph Journal column and worked for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS). His columns were also printed in the Financial Post newspaper.

In 2016, John started an organization called Canadians for Affordable Energy with a mandate to... Read Bio