Member of Parliament
Peter served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1962-1966.
In 1966, he joined Unelco Systems, a Quebec-based electrical systems manufacturer, in their Toronto Marketing Office, and then was transferred to Edmonton in 1972 to open and manage their Alberta Office. Of note, was his successful campaign that caused Edmonton to be the first city in Canada to require smoke detectors in all rental living units.
Peter began his own business in 1974, Systems by Sentron (Canada) Ltd., which over the next 23 years was a successful electrical systems manufacturer and distributor throughout Western Canada.
Peter, concerned for Canadian unity, was in Quebec City for the 1995 referendum. Following this, he founded the Special Committee for Canadian Unity, Western Canada chapter, which led him into public life. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 and appointed Chief Critic for Veterans Affairs where he spearheaded many major veterans’ issues, such as Ortona Veterans’ Christmas, Hong Kong Veterans concerns, Merchant Navy Veterans concerns, major repairs to the Vimy Memorial, and, was present for the return of the Unknown Soldier.
In 1999, he was the first MP to recognize in the House of Commons the genocide committed by the USSR against Ukrainians.
Peter has been an election observer in several countries, including ten times in Ukraine, where he was also present for the entire Orange Revolution and spoke to approximately 500,000 Ukrainians in Independence Square (Maidan Square). He returned in December 2013 to support and again speak to 500,000 Ukrainians during EuroMaidan. For several years, Peter has called for a discussion on the unification of Orthodox churches in Ukraine. In May 2014, for 30 days, and again in January 2015, Peter returned to Ukraine, culminating his meetings with 80 plus church and political leaders. These included His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Constantinople, President Yushchenko in Ukraine, and many others to discuss the issue for the Government of Canada.
His work in Foreign Affairs includes several major reports on the countries of Turks and Caicos, Haiti, Ghana, and Ukraine. In 2012, Peter spearheaded an international war veterans motorcycle event ‘The Ride to Remember’ in Ottawa to Trenton to Toronto.
An advocate for the homeless and affordable private sector housing, he has published two books on the matter, Housing Affordability: An Edmonton Concern and a National Challenge in 2000 and Housing Affordability: Still an Edmonton Concern and a National Challenge in 2008.
Peter has written many articles for publications such as Cité Libre, Embassy, Esprit de Corps and Alberta Report as well as, for 10 years, a monthly 750 word column in Edmonton Sports Scene.
Peter’s work has widely been recognized, being awarded such distinctions as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Ukrainian Special Community Award, an award from the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, and several awards for his work for the homeless.
Peter and his wife, Lorraine, have two daughters, a son-in-law, and three granddaughters.