Susan Whelan's roots in Essex County are deep and strong. She has been a member of the Metropolitan Hospital Foundation Committee, a director of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation and the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County. Ms Whelan is a law graduate of both the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit. First elected to the House of Commons in 1993, she has served the constituents of Essex with distinction in Canada's Parliament.
Since 2000, Ms Whelan has served as Canada's Minister for International Cooperation, chaired the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and the National Auto Caucus.
An active voice for her constituents, Ms Whelan’s hard work resulted in a commitment of $300 million from the federal and provincial governments to improve local border-related infrastructure. A tireless advocate for constituent causes, Ms Whelan has supported local environmental, heritage and municipal projects including several which will provide drinking water and sewer system improvements.
Ms Whelan is now Co-Chair of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Association, a group she led to Washington, D.C. in March, 2004, to push for progress on the BSE issue on behalf of Canada's cattle industry. She is also an active member of the Standing Committees on Health and the Standing Committee on Transport.
Ms Whelan has local, national and international experience that will enable her to represent the interests of Essex constituents like no other candidate possibly could.