Member of Parliament
New Brunswick Southwest
John Williamson was elected to the House of Commons in May 2011 and represents New Brunswick Southwest. He is currently a member of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee. He also sits on the executive committee of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group.
Raised in Fredericton and St. Andrews, John graduated from McGill University with a degree in Economics and Political Science. Later, as a Chevening Scholar, he completed a Master’s degree in Economic History at the London School of Economics. He was also named a senior fellow and fellow, respectively, with the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and the Fraser Institute. In 2009, John was appointed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Director of Communications and was responsible for overseeing government-wide communications.
Before entering politics, John was an editorial writer at the National Post and a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. Subsequently, he worked as National Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. In his role, he advocated on behalf of taxpayers across the country. He campaigned to lower personal and business income taxes as well as gasoline taxes and worked to uncover wasteful government spending. John has also written extensively on reforming the federal tax code and he hopes one day to see a reformed income tax system that is fairer, can be understood by ordinary taxpayers and easily completed in an afternoon.