First elected to the House of Commons in 1997. John McKay has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance with special emphasis on Public-Private Partnerships, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, a member of the Sub-Committee on Organized Crime, the Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and the Economic Development Caucus.
He has chaired Canada-Sri Lanka and Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Groups, the National Liberal Social Caucus on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, and the National Prayer Breakfast. He also chaired the Ontario Liberal Caucus from 2002 to 2004.
Mr. McKay obtained his Arts degree from the University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC). He went on to a Bachelor of Law degree at Queen’s University and began his 22-year private practice of law after completing the Osgoode Hall Bar Admission course.
He has held a number of leadership positions in the legal community. He is a past moderator of Spring Garden Church, Vice-President of an international development organization and a former member of the Advisory Council of Durham College. He is a Board member of the Doris McCarthy Art Gallery.
He is the recipient of the UTSC Alumnus of the Year Award 2000, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the University of Toronto Arbor Award.
Mr. McKay and his wife, Carolyn have five children.