Mark Strahl was raised to believe that public service is an honour and a privilege. His grandfathers both served Canada in the Canadian Armed Forces, and his father served as a Member of Parliament from 1993 to 2011. Mark is running for re-election because he wants to continue serving the people of Chilliwack and Hope and be their voice in Ottawa by taking the common sense of the common people to the House of Commons.
Mark was born and raised in Chilliwack. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 16 years and they love living, working and raising their 10 year old son here.
Mark was elected to the House of Commons on May 2, 2011. He has served as a leading member on the Standing Committee on Health; Standing Committee on National Defence; Joint Standing Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations; and the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
At 37, Mark has been promoted by the Prime Minister twice since his election. Mark was named the Chair of the British Columbia/Yukon Conservative Caucus, which allowed him to ensure that BC’s voice was always heard in Ottawa. The Prime Minister then promoted Mark to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, which sees him leading the Conservative MPs on the Parliamentary Standing Committee, responding to questions in Question Period in the House of Commons, handling media responsibilities, and acting on behalf of the Minister on Aboriginal Affairs issues.
Mark has placed a priority on meeting with and learning from his constituents, in his office, at local events and in the community. Locally, Mark has been a strong advocate on the issue of mental health care and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness. He also makes it a priority to honour the service and sacrifices of our veterans at the many local ceremonies held here each year.
Mark believes that this election is about security: securing a strong economy by promoting growth, keeping taxes low and giving parents financial supports which allow them to choose the best way to raise their families; securing our homes and neighbourhoods by cracking down on violent crime and putting the rights of victims first; securing our future as a society and country by addressing the direct threat that terrorism poses to Canada and the world; and providing strong leadership on the world stage.