First elected in 1988, Derek Lee has been re-elected in 1993, 1997, and 2000 with one of the highest levels of electoral support in Canada.
Mr. Lee’s most active political work may be found in the areas of justice and criminal law, national security, parliamentary reform, regulatory process and inter-cultural ethics. In the most recent Parliamentary Session, Mr. Lee was Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Government Caucus on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and International Cooperation. He was also a member of both the Standing Joint Committee for Scrutiny of Regulations and the Subcommittee on National Security.
Mr. Lee is recognized as an expert in the area of Parliamentary procedure and reform and has published two works in this area. In 1999, he wrote The Power of Parliamentary Houses to Send for Persons, Papers and Records.
Regionally, Mr. Lee is a strong advocate for environmental initiatives. In 2002, he was the driving force behind the federal government’s decision to set aside 7,000 acres of federal airport lands as protected green space on the Oak Ridges Moraine. He has worked tirelessly for the preservation of the Rouge Valley park system and serves as a voting member of the Rouge Park Alliance.
Born in Halifax, Mr. Lee obtained a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an LL.B from Queen’s University and Osgoode Hall. Prior to entering politics, Mr. Lee was a practicing lawyer.