Peter Kent was first elected to the House of Commons representing Thornhill in 2008 and sworn into Cabinet as Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the Americas.
Re-elected in 2011, Peter was appointed Canada's Environment Minister and served in that capacity until July, 2013. In October, 2013 Peter was elected Chair of the House Standing Committee on National Defence. In October, 2015 Peter was again re-elected as MP for Thornhill and appointed Deputy Critic for Foreign Affairs. In Summer, 2016 Peter was appointed as Critic of Foreign Affairs. In September, 2017 Peter was appointed Shadow Minister of Ethics.
Prior to his election to the House of Commons, Peter was a broadcast journalist, having spent more than 40 years working as a writer, reporter, producer, anchor and broadcast executive in Canada, the United States and around the world.
He covered stories that shaped the 20th Century, including momentous events such as , the Vietnam and Cambodian conflicts and recovery, decades of conflict, uncertainty and hope in the Middle East (Yom Kippur War 1973, Intifadas, Operation Moses, Iraq/Iran War), Ethiopian famine, transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, South Africa’s transition from the apartheid era to Mandela’s presidency, the overthrow of Idi Amin, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.
Peter won a number of awards over the course of his career, including the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also a member of the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.
A passionate believer in community involvement, Peter actively supports a number of charitable organizations. He has served as a mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and was on the Toronto cabinet of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He remains involved with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Peter is married to Cilla. They have a daughter, Trilby, son-in-law, Daniel, grandchildren, Clea and Tristan.
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Born: Canadian Army Hospital Bramshott, Sussex, England 1943
Both parents serving with Cdn Army overseas
Father: Edmonton Regiment, I Corps
Mother: Nursing Sister, OR, Plastic Surgery support
Elementary School: Medicine Hat, AB
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts (Met Lady Baden Powell)
High School: Calgary (Viscount Bennett)
Sea Cadets, HMCS Tecumseh, (HMCS Comox several summers)
Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Venture, Naval Dockyard, Esquimalt
Royal Canadian Army Reserve, RCASC, 150 Coy, Calgary
Alberta Wheat Pool (Patronage Dividend Section)
Travis Mud and Chemicals (Purchasing Agent: drilling fluids, gas plant chemicals)
40 Years Plus in Journalism: reporter, cameraman, producer, anchor, management
CJOR, CFUN, CFCN, CTV National News (Quebec, Ldn bureaux)
Global TV (twice), CBC (writer, producer, anchor The National, correspondent Africa)
CBC The Journal (writer, producer, reporter, co-anchor)
NBC TV News (Miami, New York, Washington, London, Moscow, etc)
Montitor TV (Boston, reporter, anchor)
Revealed political colours 2005 after taking Global Sunday to produce special coverage of CPC first policy convention in Montreal, spring 2005. Became Candidate one month later.
First political race: Toronto St Pauls 2006 General Election. (unsuccessful)
Second election: Thornhill 2008 General Election. (elected)
Re-elected: Thornhill 2011
Served in Cabinet: Minister of State Foreign Affairs (Americas) 2 years
Minister of Environment 2 1/2 years
Chair, House Standing Committee on National Defence
Vice-Chair: Canada Israel Interparliamentary Group
Chair: Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong
Re-elected: Thornhill 2015
Critic: Foreign Affairs 2016-17
Shadow Minister: Ethics 2017 to date.
Contesting 2019 election. (Oct 2019)