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Tom Kmiec

Tom Kmiec

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Shepard
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded bydistrict created
Personal details
Born (1981-07-31) July 31, 1981 (age 38)
Gdańsk, Poland
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Evangeline Kmiec
Children3
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta
Alma materConcordia University (2005)
Regent University (2014)

Tomasz "Tom" Kmiec MP (kuh-MICH; born July 31, 1981) is a Canadian politician who is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Calgary Shepard.

Early life and education

Tom Kmiec was born in Gdańsk, Poland. His family emigrated to Canada and settled in Quebec. Kmiec was raised in Quebec and went through the French education system as part of the Bill 101 reforms. In 2005, he moved to Calgary where he married his wife Evangeline; together, they are raising their three children, Maximillian, Jolie, and Enoch.

Kmiec graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a bachelor degree in Political Science. He then received his Master's degree in American Government with a concentration in Terrorism and Homeland Security from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.[1]

Career

Kmiec started his career as an intern in the office of then Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, Stephen Harper. Kmiec has since worked for cabinet ministers federally and provincially in Alberta in portfolios including: finance, immigration, sustainable resource development, and national defense.

Kmiec was elected in the 2015 Canadian federal election for the riding of Calgary Shepard. Upon his election, he was named to the Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Kmiec created the "Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds", a parliamentary group aimed at establishing dialogue between Canadian and Kurdish lawmakers and fostering positive relations between Canada and the Kurdistan Region.[2][3] Kmiec, along with NDP MP Gord Johns and fellow Conservative MP Michael Cooper traveled to Washington DC in March 2016 to meet with officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government.[2]

Kmiec was named deputy critic for foreign affairs for the Conservative Party of Canada on October 16, 2016 in a shadow cabinet shuffle by Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose.[4][5]

Kmiec was manager of policy and research with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and worked for the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. This work received national coverage in the Globe and Mail and Maclean's magazine.

Kmiec is an advocate for the Kidney Foundation and served on the board of the southern Alberta chapter.

On August 13, 2018, Kmiec’ s daughter, Lucy-Rose Evangeline Winfield Kmiec, died 39 days after her birth. Lucy-Rose was born with Trisomy 13, a rare chromosomal disorder also known as Patau Syndrome. Following her death, Kmiec shared an emotional tribute to his daughter in the House of Commons. “Her short life was energetic and eventful. It has made me realize that life is much more than prizes, certificates and public recognition. Her great success is the incredible warmth she brought to my family and how she's been able to mature her older siblings into responsible caretakers without a spoken word” Kmiec stated.[6]


Pipelines and Energy Jobs

Since being elected in 2015, Kmiec has worked closely with Conservative caucus colleagues and interested parliamentarians from other parties to champion the construction of new pipelines by the private sector to get Canadian energy resources to new markets.

In the fall of 2016, Kmiec helped start the Alberta Jobs Taskforce in response to the growing energy jobs crisis in Alberta after unemployment reached 200,000[7]

Later, on November 27th, 2017, Kmiec became the first MP to ask for an emergency debate in Parliament on the energy sector job-loss in Alberta. In his request, he outlined his disappointment with the Liberal government’s inaction on the Alberta recession.[8]

On April 18th, 2018, Kmiec moved a motion at Parliament’s finance committee asking to set aside 4 meetings to understand the impact of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline cancellation on Canada’s economy and consider whether the federal government should use its constitutional powers to ensure that the pipeline is built. The Liberal MPs on the committee rejected the motion.[9]


Supporting Canadians With Rare Diseases and Disabilities

Kmiec is a vocal supporter for improving the government’s processes to ensure that all Canadians living with a disability or a rare disease receive the benefits they are entitled to.[10]

On March 21st, 2018, he tabled his first Private Member’s Bill, Bill C-399 the Fairness for Persons with Disabilities Act, that aims to improve and expand access to the Disability Tax Credit.[11]


Housing Affordability

Kmiec is an outspoken critic of barriers to housing affordability facing young Canadian families. He has been vocal in questioning the Liberal government’s mortgage lending rules and increases to mortgage insurance fees charged by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).[12] 

Kmiec has repeatedly called for a full parliamentary review of the B-20 Mortgage Stress Test, that was introduced by the Liberal government in January 2018. He has published a series of articles on the topic and has moved two motions at Parliament’s finance committee asking for a study of the mortgage lending rules.[13] The Mortgage Stress Test is estimated to have prevented 100,000 Canadians from purchasing a home, slowed mortgage growth by nearly 12 percent, and will delete some 200,000 jobs from the economy by 2021.[14]


Electoral record

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Tom Kmiec 43,706 65.90 –9.62
Liberal Jerome James 16,379 24.66 +17.47
New Democratic Dany Allard 4,532 6.82 –4.31
Green Graham MacKenzie 1,734 2.61 –2.95
Total valid votes/Expense limit 66,351 100.0     $237,526.38
Total rejected ballots 208
Turnout 66,559
Eligible voters 93,794
Conservative hold Swing –13.54
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]

References

  1. ^ "About Tom". Tom Kmiec. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  2. ^ a b "Canadian MPs visit KRG Representation in Washington to discuss parliamentary group on Kurdistan". Kurdistan Regional Government – Department of Foreign Relations. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Other Inter Parliamentary Associations".
  4. ^ [gallery.mailchimp.com]
  5. ^ [www.tomkmiec.ca]
  6. ^ "Tory MP Honours Daughter He Lost After Only 39 Days". HuffPost Canada. 2018-10-15. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  7. ^ "Treat Alberta job losses as national crisis, MPs urge government". Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  8. ^ "The Speaker, "Request for Emergency Debate" on Feb. 28th, 2019 | openparliament.ca". openparliament.ca. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  9. ^ "Finance Committee on April 18th, 2018 | openparliament.ca". openparliament.ca. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  10. ^ "Disability Tax Credit | Tax Fairness Legislation | MP Kmiec". Fairness For Persons With Disabilities Act. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  11. ^ [www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca]. "Cost Estimate for Bill C-399 "Fairness for Persons with Disabilities Act"". PBO-DPB. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  12. ^ SUN, Toronto; Opinion; Columnists; Email, Share KMIEC: Liberal failures block young Canadians from home ownership Tumblr Pinterest Google Plus Reddit LinkedIn; Tumblr; Pinterest; Plus, Google; Reddit; LinkedIn (2019-03-16). "KMIEC: Liberal failures block young Canadians from home ownership | Toronto Sun". Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  13. ^ June 19, Tom Kmiec Updated:; 2018 (2018-06-19). "Opinion: Let's study impact of mortgage stress tests on home ownership | Edmonton Journal". Retrieved 2019-08-27.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  14. ^ June 21, Calgary Herald Updated:; 2018 (2018-06-21). "Kmiec: Mortgage changes reduce chance of owning a home | Calgary Herald". Retrieved 2019-08-27.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  15. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Calgary Shepard (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  16. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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