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Ed Fast
Canadian politician

Ed Fast

Ed Fast
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Intro Canadian politician
Is Politician Lawyer
From Canada
Field Law Politics
Gender male
Birth 18 June 1955, Winnipeg, Canada
Age 68 years
Star sign Gemini
Politics Conservative Party of Canada
Peter A. Allard School of Law
University of British Columbia
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Edward D. "Ed" Fast PC QC MP (born June 18, 1955) is a Canadian Conservative politician, currently the Member of Parliament for Abbotsford. He was formerly the Minister for International Trade and as Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway under Stephen Harper.

Early life and career

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ed Fast grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982, Fast co-founded the law firm currently known as Linley Welwood. He was elected in 1985 and served two terms as an Abbotsford School Board Trustee. He was elected to Abbotsford City Council in 1996 and served for three 3-year terms. During that time, he served as Deputy Mayor and as Chair of the Parks Recreation & Culture Commission.

Federal politics

Fast was in the 2006 federal election with 63.27% of the vote as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Abbotsford on January 23, 2006. During his first term, Fast was appointed to the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and the Standing Committee for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Fast was also the Vice-Chair of the B.C. Conservative caucus.

In 2006, Fast introduced Private Member's Bill C-277 which doubles from 5 to 10 years in prison the maximum sentence for luring a child over the internet for sexual purposes. The Bill received royal assent on June 22, 2007. Only 2% of private member's bills are ever passed into law.

In the 2008 federal election, Fast received 30,853 votes, 63.3% of the total in Abbotsford. He served as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and as a member of the Copyright Modernization Committee. In May 2009, Fast introduced a motion in the House of Commons to rename the Huntingdon border crossing to "Abbotsford-Huntingdon Port of Entry". The official renaming took place on May 28, 2010, preserving the historical significance of the "Huntingdon" name while at the same time more accurately reflecting the location of the border crossing within the Fraser Valley.

From 2009–2011, Fast was the Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights.

Minister of International Trade

Fast was re-elected in the 2011 federal election with 32,493 votes, representing 65% of the popular vote. On May 18, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed Fast to Cabinet to serve as Canada's Minister of International Trade. Fast oversaw the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement with Europe. Fast also announced the Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA), Canada's first free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region. As Minister, Fast assumed responsibility of the Government of Canada's Global Markets Action Plan – a plan focusing on Canada's core strengths in priority markets through bold trade policy and vigorous trade promotion. He also released Canada's first International Education Strategy, a part of the Global Markets Action Plan to try and attract international talent.

On April 9, 2014, rising on a point of order, MP Dan Harris accused Fast of making a gun gesture and saying "boom" in the direction of Nicki Ashton during Question Period. Fast initially denied the claim in the House of Commons as completely false. Video from the House of Commons shows Fast making a pointing gesture. After the video circulated, Minister Fast admitted that he had made a pointing gesture with his hand, but said that his hand gesture was misinterpreted as shaped as a gun and aimed at a member of Parliament.

Personal life

Ed and his wife Annette have lived in Abbotsford for over 37 years and have four married adult daughters and eight grandchildren. In December 2016, Fast suffered a stroke, but recovered.

Electoral record

2019 Canadian federal election: Abbotsford
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 25,162 51.4 +3.13
Liberal Seamus Heffernan 10,560 21.6 -11.46
New Democratic Madeleine Sauve 8,257 16.9 -3.29
Green Stephen Fowler 3,702 7.6 +3.32
People's Locke Duncan 985 2.0
Christian Heritage Aeriol Alderking 270 0.6
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,936 100.0
Total rejected ballots 403
Turnout 49,339 65.9
Eligible voters 74,814
Conservative hold Swing +7.29
Source: Elections Canada
2015 Canadian federal election: Abbotsford
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 23,229 48.27 -18.61 $76,055.10
Liberal Peter Njenga 15,777 32.78 +24.08 $14,078.53
New Democratic Jen Martel 6,593 13.70 -5.54 $11,592.31
Green Stephen Fowler 2,416 5.02 +0.37 $2,578.52
Marxist–Leninist David MacKay 109 0.23 -0.30
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,124 100.00   $202,055.26
Total rejected ballots 202 0.42
Turnout 48,326 69.74
Eligible voters 69,299
Conservative hold Swing -21.35
Source: Elections Canada
2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 32,493 65.02 +1.70
New Democratic David Murray 10,089 20.19 +6.97
Liberal Madeleine Hardin 4,968 9.94 -6.34
Green Daniel Bryce 2,138 4.28 -2.17
Marxist–Leninist David MacKay 286 0.57
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,974 100.00
Total rejected ballots 225 0.45 -0.07
Turnout 50,199 59.67 +0.67
Conservative hold Swing -2.6%
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 30,853 63.32 +0.05 $79,097
Liberal Lionel Traverse 7,933 16.28 +3.61 $63,013
New Democratic Bonnie Rai 6,444 13.22 -3.75 $4,907
Green Karen Durant 3,141 6.45 +0.64 $833
Marijuana Tim Felger 358 0.73 +0.03
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,729 100.00 $86,855
Total rejected ballots 256 0.52
Turnout 48,985 59.00 -1.69
Conservative hold Swing +1.9
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 29,825 63.27 +1.90 $68,269
New Democratic Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson 8,004 16.97 +3.34 $6,955
Liberal David Oliver* 5,976 12.67 -7.27 $22,258
Green Stephanie Ashley-Pryce 2,740 5.81 +2.93
Marijuana Tim Felger 334 0.70 -0.13
Canadian Action Richard Gebert 173 0.36 $80
Marxist–Leninist David S. MacKay 86 0.18 +0.08
Total valid votes 47,138 100.00
Total rejected ballots 183 0.39
Turnout 47,321 60.69
Conservative hold Swing -0.72
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