Erin O’Toole is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Durham in Ontario. He was elected to Canada’s Parliament in a by-election in 2012 and re-elected at the 2015 general election. Previously, he served as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade.
Born in Montreal, Erin was raised in Bowmanville and Port Perry, Ontario as the oldest of five children. After graduation from Bowmanville High School, he joined the Canadian Forces and enrolled at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and was commissioned as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
During his service to Canada, Erin conducted anti-submarine, maritime surveillance, search and rescue and naval support operations as a helicopter Air Navigator. While serving in Nova Scotia, Erin was promoted to the rank of Captain and has been decorated for his faithful service. Erin continues to be a member of Branch 178 of the Royal Canadian Legion and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Courtice. He and his family volunteer extensively with several organizations supporting Canada’s servicemen, women and their families.
"I believe that I have the experience and track record to help our Conservative team win back the trust of Canadians. From my years in uniform and my time in the private sector, to my experience as an MP and Cabinet Minister, I’ve learned what it takes to lead, and to succeed."
Upon completion of his service in the regular forces in 2000, Erin transferred to the Canadian Forces reserves and continued serving as a training officer while he earned his law degree (LL.B) at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Erin returned to Ontario to practice law in a variety of corporate settings, giving him a broad understanding of business issues. As a litigator for Stikeman Elliott, in-house counsel for one of the world’s largest consumer products companies, Procter & Gamble, and then a private practice lawyer at Heenan Blaikie, Erin got a firsthand appreciation for issues related to manufacturing, trade and competitiveness for Canadian businesses.
Erin now lives in Bowmanville, Ontario with his wife Rebecca and their children Mollie and Jack. Inspired by the long and respected political career of his father, John O’Toole (Ontario MPP, 1995-2014), Erin felt the call to serve Canada beyond the military in the 2012 election. His family is actively involved in their community through sport, volunteerism and the arts.