Wayne entered politics in 1993 when he was officially elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Malpeque, P.E.I. He was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 2011 & 2015.
In Parliament, Wayne has served as Solicitor General of Canada, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Oceans, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Agri-Food with special responsibilities for the Rural Secretariat, and is currently the critic for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Wayne has also had the pleasure of being the former author of the Easter Report and serving as Co-Chair of the Liberal Party Task Force on Agriculture
On the national and international fronts, Wayne was National President and CEO of the National Farmers Union for 11 years, he was advisor to the Trudeau administration for the federal export agency, Canagrex, and was an advisor to the Minister of Agriculture at the FAO Conference in Rome in 1983. He was an invited participant under the European Community’s Visitors Program examining Common Agricultural Policy and International Agricultural Trade Issues in 1987 and toured New Zealand examining the impact of Farm Policy and Free Trade Issues in 1988.
In 1990, Wayne was an advisor and panelist for the Tri-national Exchange on Agriculture, the environment and Free Trade Agreements with Canada, the United States and Mexico.
In 1991, with the Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food, Wayne was an advisor and delegate to GATT discussions in Geneva and Brussels. He also served as panelist to a Congressional briefing on NAFTA in Washington in March 1993.
In Wayne’s role as Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture and Rural Development, he traveled across Canada conducting round table discussions on the farm income crisis. This resulted in his report, “Empowering Canadian Farmers in the Marketplace”.
Wayne and his wife Helen, a nurse, live in North Wiltshire and have two grown children, Kimberley and Jamie.
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Hunter River, Prince Edward Island
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