Recently re-nominated by a huge majority in her riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Cheryl Gallant is an experienced member of the new generation of leadership that Canada has come to expect from Canada’s Conservative movement. In her first election, Cheryl was one of two Canadian Alliance MPs elected in the Province of Ontario, breaking an electoral stranglehold by another party that had held parts of her constituency for close to 70 years. She has the distinction of being the first female elected, federally or provincially to high office for the County of Renfrew. Cheryl is undefeated in 6 federal elections.
Prior to winning elected office, Cheryl Gallant was the Chief Administrative Director in a family-owned small business/professional practice with her spouse Jamie. Cheryl and Jamie have four daughters.
Active in her community as Chairperson of the City of Pembroke Downtown Development Commission, Cheryl witnessed first-hand the effects of excessive taxation on small business. As a member of the Economic Advisory Committee for the City, she sought to bring jobs to her community and re-vitalize the downtown core.
Cheryl’s values are rooted in small town Ontario where she was raised and educated and has lived all her life. In 1980, Cheryl was presented the Gold Standard of the Duke of Edinburgh Award by His Highness Prince Phillip, for her leadership skills, service to the community and excellence in physical fitness.
Cheryl Gallant attended the University of Western Ontario, successfully graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She did post-degree work in biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacology and environmental chemistry. She worked at the University of Toronto doing research in biochemistry. Prior to relocating to Pembroke, Cheryl was a group insurance executive with a major Canadian life insurance company.
As a veteran Member of Parliament, Cheryl has served the people in a variety of parliamentary roles. She had the privilege of sponsoring a private member’s Bill to protect the disabled from being exploited when qualifying for tax relief, legislation that was supported by all Members of Parliament. Currently she is the Dean of the Standing Committee on National Defence.
Cheryl Gallant is a strong defender of rural Canada and individual rights, including the right to own and enjoy private property, including firearms. As the M.P. for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Cheryl believes in community service. Never one to back away from a challenge, Cheryl is an effective voice for her constituency and all Canadians.