First elected in 1993, Brenda Chamberlain was re-elected by the community of Guelph in 1997 and 2000.
Mrs. Chamberlain has served in various capacities in the House of Commons, including Chair of the Liberal Caucus Committee on Economic Development (1994-1997), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour (1997-1999), Chair of the Liberal Ontario Caucus (1999-2001) and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada with Special Emphasis on Public Service Reform and Métis and Non-Status Indians (2003-present). Brenda Chamberlain has served on many House Committees, including finance, health, industry and government operations.
Mrs. Chamberlain has achieved notoriety among her constituents and colleagues for making a difference on several issues. She forced Bell Canada to reverse its plans on 411 billing, and mandatory Touch Tone upgrades, and was successful in getting the McCrae Heritage Minute changed to include Guelph as Col. John McCrae’s birthplace.
Brenda Chamberlain also successfully fought to overturn the government’s proposed NHL funding, and delivered better VIA Rail service to Guelph. She has delivered substantial federal funding for the community over the years, including over
$117 million for the University of Guelph, $37.27 million for the Ontario Veterinary College, and $2.5 million for homelessness and affordable housing in the past four years alone. Recognizing the need to be responsible with Canadians’ tax dollars, since 1993 she has returned over $250,000 from her office budget.
Mrs. Chamberlain is married and a proud mother of three.