Member of the Canadian Parliament
The Honourable John McKay P.C., M.P. is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Scarborough—Guildwood in Ontario, Canada. First elected in 1997, between 2003 and 2006 he served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, helping to oversee the tabling of two consecutive balanced budgets. He was sworn into the Privy Council on December 12, 2003 in his role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and carries the designations of Honourable and Privy Councillor (PC) for life. He is now serving as the Chair of the Public Safety and National Security Committee, Chair of the Canadian Section of the Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board on Defence, Chair, Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, and Vice-Chair, Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Association. He is the author of Bill C-293, the Development Assistance Accountability Act (Royal Assent, 2008), an Act requiring that Canadian foreign aid be exclusively targeted toward poverty alleviation. He was also the author of Private Members’ Bill C-300, the Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries Act (The Responsible Mining Bill, 2009-2010). In December 2018, Mr. McKay introduced his Private Member’s Bill C-423, the Modern Slavery Act which is awaiting further debate in the House of Commons. Mr McKay holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto at Scarborough, a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and completed the Osgoode Hall Bar Admission Course.