Member of Parliament
Born in Claresholm, Alberta, Ted grew up in the rolling prairies and foothills west of Claresholm on his family’s farm. He was always interested in farming, and he and his wife, Sandy, ran their own farm for 30 years, raising their children along the way. They grew a wide range of grains, pulse crops and spices and have always been interested in adopting new farming technologies to improve soil conservation and efficiency.
Along with his community work with Lion’s Club International, working with the Grain Growers of Canada, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and the Agriculture, Food and Beverage Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade (SAGIT) has given him a strong background in agriculture, and international trade. Through his experience, Ted has been able to provide leadership on issues to do with trade, trade disputes and international cooperation.
Since his election to the House of Commons in June 2004, Ted has served in many positions including Official Opposition Critic for International Trade and International Development, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. Then in 2011, Ted was appointed as Minister of State (Finance).
Ted sees Macleod as a community that pulls together, and he continues to admire the strong resolve of its citizens as they support each other in times of crisis.
In politics as in business, he has learned that the decisions made by those in authority have a direct impact on lives, for better or for worse.
Always active, Ted continues to represent Canada at international conferences and was named “Hardest Working MP” by his colleagues from all sides of the House of Commons in 2009. He is proud to work hard on behalf of his constituents, and always enjoys attending events in the riding of Macleod.
Ted and Sandy have raised two children, and have five grandchildren.