Dr Colin Carrie, BSc (Hons),
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health
Colin Carrie was elected to the House of Commons in June
2004 and re-elected in January 2006, October 2008, and May
In 2008 Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed him to serve
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. He was
reappointed to this position on May 25, 2011. From 2006 to
2008, Colin served as Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Industry.
Following his appointment as Parliamentary Secretary,
Colin resumed his membership on the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Health. In the most recent
Parliament, he has worked on several important
health-related issues, resulting in the passage of
An Act to Amend the Tobacco Act.
This new law effectively prohibits the sale of certain
flavoured tobacco products (“cigarellos”) which are
marketed to young people.
Colin has also worked on efforts to modernize the
Canadian Consumer Products Safety Act for the first
time in over 40 years. As Parliamentary Secretary, he
has participated in efforts to recognize foreign medical
credentials for newcomers to Canada, made targeted
efforts to reduce the amount of sodium in foods, and
worked to increase HIV/AIDS research and funding. He has
been a constant advocate for several important health
issues including autism, obesity, Hepatitis-C victims,
and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
(FASD). While serving in the opposition during the 38th
Colin re-introduced Bill C-420, An Act to Amend the
Food and Drugs Act, which advocated for greater
choice in personal health care and natural health
product availability for Canadians.
his time in office,
Colin has remained committed to
ensuring that Oshawa’s automotive industry, which has faced
very significant challenges in recent years, remains the
pride of our city. Shortly after his election in 2004, he
created the first ever Conservative Automotive Caucus and
served as its founding chair.
served as the
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry in the 39th Parliament,
Colin and his colleagues spearheaded an unprecedented study into the state
of Ontario’s manufacturing industries. He helped draft key recommendations
which underpinned the Committee's landmark report entitled
"Manufacturing: "Moving Forward - Rising
to the Challenge". Colin was also
instrumental in developing the federal government's
Automotive Action Plan,
another first at the federal level.
The son of a career Naval officer, Colin grew up in several
cities across Canada, settling in Oshawa when he was 15.
A graduate of Oshawa’s RS McLaughlin CVI, Colin earned a
bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of
Waterloo and graduated from the Canadian Memorial
Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1989.
Prior to entering Parliament, Colin co-owned and operated
one of Durham Region’s leading chiropractic and wellness
clinics in Oshawa. He
a past executive member of the Durham Chiropractic Society,
former chair of Spinal Health Week and former Director of
the Oshawa Federal Progressive Conservative Riding
Colin and his wife Elizabeth have three young children.
parliamentary profile (courtesy House of