International Development & Human Rights

Garnett Genuis

Nomination Date: 15/12/2017

Garnett Genuis is the Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park–Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta, Canada. Since his election in 2015, he has gained a reputation for being among the most outspoken parliamentarians, having spoken more than 100,000 words in the Chamber during his first year in office – more than all three major party leaders combined.

Always ready to speak, he is a tireless advocate for human rights and religious freedom, both domestically and abroad, and is a vocal proponent of Alberta’s interests in Ottawa.

At age 15, he began writing a column for Sherwood Park News for which he continues to be a regular contributor as an MP. His columns also appear regularly in the Fort Saskatchewan Record, and he has written columns for the National PostMacleansThe Post MillennialHuffington PostPolicy OptionsThe National Telegraph, and Catholic World Report.

He currently serves as the Shadow Minister for International Development and Human Rights. He previously served as the Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism and for Canada-China Relations and also as the Deputy Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Shadow Minister for Human Rights and Religious Freedom. In these various roles, he has worked to raise awareness about international human rights violations and promote a return to Canada’s principle-based foreign policy, as well as to advance a conservative vision of freedom and pluralism. Here at home, he has also given speeches on the carbon tax, pipelines, firearms, supporting people with disabilities, the “me too” movement, and many other hot topics. In 2017, MP Genuis was voted Maclean’s Parliamentarian of the Year by his peers across party lines.

Recently, MP Genuis sparked an emergency debate in the House of Commons concerning the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma and has also presented a private member’s bill to combat trafficking in human organs. He serves as an International Patron of Hong Kong Watch and a co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China.

MP Genuis holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University and a Masters of Science in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. Prior to his election, he worked in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Garnett is married to Rebecca, a family doctor of Pakistani-Goan origin, and they have four young children. He also cites his grandparents as major influences on his life – his maternal grandmother was a Holocaust survivor and his grandfather was an engineer who worked for Syncrude.

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