The Honourable Don Boudria has represented the Ontario riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in the House of Commons since 1984. During his career in Parliament he has been Opposition Deputy Whip, Liberal Deputy House Leader, Deputy Whip and Chief Government Whip.
He was first appointed to cabinet on October 4, 1996, and has held several portfolios such as Minister for International Cooperation, Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
Mr. Boudria began his political career in 1976 when he was elected councillor for Cumberland Township. From 1981 to 1984, he represented the riding of Prescott-Russell in the Ontario Legislature.
Mr. Boudria holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Waterloo. Before entering politics, he worked as a federal employee, holding various positions.
Mr. Boudria is also the founding president of the Ontario section of the International Assembly of French-speaking Parliamentarians, which named him a Chevalier in 1988, Officier in 1994 and Commandeur in 1997.
Since February 2004, he has been Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages in the House of Commons since February 2004, and President of the Canadian Section of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA).
Mr. Boudria was born in Hull, Quebec in 1949. He and his wife Mary Ann have two children, Daniel and Julie, and three grandchildren.