Member of Parliament
Kitchener – Conestoga
Harold Albrecht is a proud lifelong resident of the riding of Kitchener-Conestoga. He attended Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School and Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier University), before going on to the University of Toronto; attaining his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1973. He returned to Waterloo Region, opening a dental practice and operating it successfully for 27 years.
Before entering public service, Harold was an active member of the community, both locally and globally. He served as a Trustee for the Waterloo County Board of Education from 1978 to 1982, and as Chair in 1981-82. He was founding Pastor at Pathway Community Church in south Kitchener, and served there for six years.
In remote parts of Honduras and the Dominican Republic, Harold lent his professional skills to numerous relief efforts organized by the Christian Medical-Dental Society. Far too often, these visits by nurses, surgeons, dentists and opthamologists would provide the only medical service a village could access for months. Other international service assignments brought him to diverse countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Zambia, Nepal, and India.
Harold was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, narrowly defeating incumbent Lynn Myers. In the subsequent election of October 2008, Harold was re-elected with 49.2% of votes cast. In November of 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Harold Deputy Government Whip, and re-appointed him subsequent to the May 2nd 2011 election. In this role, Harold helped keep the Conservative Caucus organized and united; and ensured the House ran smoothly.
In January 2013, Harold was unanimously elected Chair of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development.
Harold is active in a number of Caucuses devoted to facilitating better understanding of specific sectors and causes. These include the Auto Caucus, the Energy Caucus, the Rural Caucus, and the Pro-Life Caucus. Harold also founded the Bio Caucus and is a co-founder of the Post-Secondary Education Caucus and the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative & Compassionate Care. He is also Chair of the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Chemical Caucus.
Harold lives on a farm in Wilmot Township. He is blessed with three married children and nine grandchildren. His wife of 39 years, Betty, passed away in May 2011.