Member of Parliament
Brucewas first elected to the House of Commons in January 2006 and was re-elected in October 2008. He served as Chair of the Standing Committee for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development from the fall of 2008 until the dissolution of the 40th Parliament in March of 2011, and served previously on Committees for the Status of Women; Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics; and Industry, Science and Technology.
He was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole in June of 2011.
Prior to his election,Bruceworked in his family’s tourism business. He was among the 5th generation of his family to own and operate a tourism business on Sparrow Lake since the family first developed a livelihood there in 1884. He is past-President of Bayview Wildwood Resorts Limited and The Cottages at PortStantonon Sparrow Lake.
Throughout his career,Brucewas actively involved in promoting and advocating for the
tourism industry and his local community. He served on the Board of several tourism
organizations including the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Resorts
Ontario, and Tourism Ontario.Bruceserved as Councillor in the Township of Severn
from 1999 to 2003, as a member of the Rotary Clubs of Orillia and Washago, and Board
member of the Orillia Community Futures Development Corporation from 1997 to 2001.
Bruceand his wifeHeatherlive near Coldwater with their two daughtersValerieand
Lauren. Brucehas two adult children, each with their own families and they live and
work in the community.