Murray Calder was first elected 1993 in Wellington-Grey-Dufferin-Simcoe. He was re-elected in Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey in 1997 and 2000.
Long interested in military history and veterans issues, Mr. Calder is currently a member of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs. Through his Parliamentary career, Calder has held a number of posts relating to his other major interests: agriculture and rural affairs, trade, small business, and transport.
From February 2001 to February 2003, he was Chair of National Liberal Rural Caucus. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, and has been a member of the Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Transport committees.
Mr. Calder served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Affairs from January to December 2003. Throughout 2001, he was a member of the Prime Minister’s Caucus Task Force on Future Opportunities in Farming. He has worked to promote fuel ethanol as a member of the Minister of Environment’s Task force on Ethanol and in other capacities.
He currently operates a broiler chicken farm near Holstein with his wife Brenda, and children Kyle and Becky. He also owns The Shop, a welding and farm supplies company.
Prior to being elected, he served as the Liberal Party’s Chair of Farm Policy for Ontario from 1991 to 1993, and assisted in drafting the party’s agriculture policy.