John Cannis was first elected to the House of Commons on October 25, 1993 and was re-elected for a third time on November 27, 2000.
A dedicated representative of the riding of Scarborough Centre, Mr. Cannis served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and was a member of the Standing Committee of Industry. He has also served on the several standing committees. Mr. Cannis is currently serving as Vice-Chair on the Committee of Transport and Government Operations.
Mr. Cannis has also participated on various delegations representing Canada. In 2002, he led a successful trade delegation to Greece with corporate and community representation from across Canada. He was also part of the Canadian delegation to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Japan and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Since being elected to the House of Commons, Mr. Cannis has had the opportunity to participate actively in debates and vote according to the wishes of the majority of Scarborough Centre residents. As Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Cannis successfully guided four pieces of legislation through the House of Commons and Committee stages. Specifically, the Privacy Act, the Space Agency Act, the Canadian Tourism Commission Act and the Patent Act.
Mr. Cannis was raised and educated in Toronto. He and his wife Mary, of twenty-five years, have three children, Irene, Paul, Daniel; and son-in-law, Tony and grandson, George.