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, 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 much of western Canada.
He was first 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.
Peter has been an election observer in several countries, including seven times in Ukraine, where he was also present for the entire Orange Revolution. In 1999, he was the first MP to recognize in the House of Commons the genocide committed by the USSR against Ukrainians. He returned once again in December 2013 to give support and speak to 500,000 Ukrainians in Euromaidan Square, Kyiv. His work in Foreign Affairs includes several major reports on Caribbean Rim of Countries Opportunities, Haiti and Ghana. In 2012 Peter spearheaded an international war veterans motorcycle event “The Ride to Remember” in Ottawa – 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.
His work has been recognized with awards such 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.