Andy Mitchell has long been a strong advocate for the needs of rural Canada and Northern Ontario within the Government of Canada. During his first term in office, he served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, where he authored the Think Rural Report, a comprehensive cross-country study undertaken to promote economic development in rural and remote areas of the country.
After being appointed Secretary of State for Parks in 1997, Mr. Mitchell introduced a new operating framework ensuring that Parks Canada was an effective and efficient agency. Mr. Mitchell continued to work in the best interests of our rural and remote communities, when he was named Secretary of State for Rural Development and the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario in 1999.
In December 2003, Mr. Mitchell was appointed Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He is deeply committed to working collaboratively with First Nation communities to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal Canadians.
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Mitchell had a long and successful career in the banking industry. Born in Montreal and educated in Ottawa, he resides in Gravenhurst, located in the Ontario riding of Parry Sound--Muskoka.