Member of Parliament
Born in New Glasgow, Peter obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University and went on to study Law at Dalhousie University. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1991. With strong family ties to the local area, Peter returned to New Glasgow to open a private law practice specializing in criminal and family law.
In 1993, he accepted an appointment as Crown Attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia. He prosecuted cases at all levels — from youth and provincial courts, to the Supreme Court of Canada.
First elected to the House of Commons in 1997, Peter has been re-elected ever since. He played a pivotal role in the creation the new Conservative Party of Canada and was named Deputy Leader. He has held numerous portfolios; most recently, he was appointed Minister of National Defence.
Active in his local community, Peter has volunteered with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program, the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club, and the YMCA.
A sports enthusiast, Peter plays rugby, baseball, football and hockey.