Robert Oliphant was elected to the House of Commons on October 19, 2015, representing the riding of Don Valley West. He previously served in that position from 2008 until 2011.
Serving as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security until 2017, Rob was then elected to his current role as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Rob also serves as the Co-Chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.
During his first term in office he served as Official Opposition Critic for Veterans Affairs and for Multiculturalism. He was a member of the Standing Committees on Veterans Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration, as well as Public Safety and National Security.
Most recently, Rob was the President and CEO of the Asthma Society of Canada, a national health charity with educational, advocacy and support programs for 3 million Canadian children and adults with asthma and related allergies.
Rob received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and worked in industry as a Systems Accountant. An Ordained Minister in the United Church of Canada, he has a Masters of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology, at the University of British Columbia and served congregations in Newfoundland, Quebec, Yukon and Toronto. He earned a Doctorate from the Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago in 2008.
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