The Hon. Scott Brison, Member of Parliament for King-Hants and Member of the Privy Council, was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party. He joined the Liberal Party of Canada in December 2003. On December 12, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on Canada-US relations.
Mr. Brison was born in 1967 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. He attended Dalhousie University where he received a Bachelor of Commerce (finance). In 1987, Mr. Brison established his first company, University Rentals Limited. Four years later, he became the North American sales manager for a NewYork company, Aquarius Coatings.
He first entered politics in 1997 when he successfully ran for the riding of Kings-Hants in the general election. As a member of he Progressive Conservative caucus from 1997 to 2003, he served as the opposition critic for foreign affairs, international trade, finance, national revenue, industry, and finance. He has also sat on a number of committees including the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, the Standing Committee on Finance and the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
In 2000, he stepped aside to allow Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark to run in a by-election for Kings-Hants. Mr. Brison won back his seat a few months later in the federal election of November 2000. That same year, he was named vice-president of investment banking at Yorkton Securities in Toronto.