First elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and re-elected in 1997 and 2000, Mr. Lastewka has served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and Chair of the Subcommittee on Committee Budgets of the Liaison Committee.
On December 12, 2003, Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed Mr. Lastewka to the position of Parliamentary Secretary of Public works and Government Services with special emphasis on Procurement Review.
Mr. Lastewka was appointed to three posts by former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien: Chair of the Task Force on Commercializing Government Science Research, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, and Federal Caucus Advocate for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
His career spans 30 years as an Industrial Engineer and Senior Executive at General Motors in St. Catharines, Windsor, and Oshawa. He served as Chair of the V-6 Engine Business Team at GM power train division and was responsible for five plants in Canada, United States and Mexico during his last six years at GM.
He is deeply involved with local organizations like the St. Catharines Museum. In 2003, he received the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Business Citizen of the Year award and the Friendship Award from the Royal Canadian Legion.
He is married to Carol and has two daughters, Tamara and Virginia.