Nomination Date: 15/12/2017
David Sweet is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Flamborough-Glanbrook. He has served in the House of Commons since 2006, re-elected three times as MP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale — one of the ridings that was redrawn in the 2013 electoral boundary changes to form Flamborough-Glanbrook.
At their first caucus meeting following the October 2015 general election, Conservative MPs elected MP Sweet as the first elected Conservative National Caucus Chair for Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
During his tenure on the government side of the House from 2006 to 2015, MP Sweet served as Vice-Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, as well as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.
MP Sweet has earned a reputation as a hard-working, accessible and effective MP who delivers for his constituents. He is connected to the communities he represents – attending hundreds of civic, charitable and community events each year. Since 2006, he has helped secure over $1.1 billion in federal investments for the greater Hamilton area – including many community infrastructure projects in Flamborough and Glanbrook.
MP Sweet’s policy work includes a focus on international human rights which is reflected in his committee associations on Parliament Hill and his numerous statements in the House of Commons. MP Sweet has been outspoken on human rights abuses in Iran, Iraq, China, Tibet, among the Rohingya in Myanmar and more as a member of the House of Commons Sub-Committee on International Human Rights.
MP Sweet is a founding member of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA) and, since 2011, has also served as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, which works to establish strong relations between the Canadian Parliament and the Israeli Knesset. In this role, MP Sweet has spoken to local, national and international audiences.
In 2012, the Hamilton Jewish Federation honoured MP Sweet with the Holocaust Education Committee Humanitarian Award for his work.
MP Sweet is also a strong advocate for victims’ rights. MP Sweet’s private members’ bill, An Act to Bring Fairness for Victims of Violent Offenders, received all-party support in the House of Commons and became law in April 2015.
Prior to his election to Parliament, David Sweet owned his own management consulting business – which operated for 17 years offering training services for a variety of corporate, public and not-for-profit sector clients. His consultancy leveraged his frontline business experience leading a large real estate brokerage in Mississauga during the 1980s building boom and the successful tow truck business he and his wife operated in Mississauga from 1978 to the early 1980s.
In addition, David Sweet served as President of two national not-for-profit organizations in the early 2000s.
MP Sweet continues to be a fitness and outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hiking, cycling, swimming and running. A favourite summer pastime is riding his motorcycle and participating in a number of charity rides each year.
MP Sweet was inducted as a Knight in the Order of St. George in April 2014. Dating back to 1326 in Europe, the Order of St. George is focused on charitable works, particularly surrounding wounded and fallen military personnel. In Canada, the Order of St. George supports veterans care at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, the Royal Canadian Artillery, Royal Canadian Sea, Air and Army Cadet Corps and more.
MP Sweet and his wife, Almut, live in Ancaster, Ontario. Together they have six grown children living in Ontario and Manitoba and four grandchildren.