Alan Tonks was first elected to the House of Commons in November 2000.
In February 2004, Mr. Tonks was appointed to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and to the Standing Committee on Transport. Previously, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment.
Since 2000, Mr. Tonks has been a member of several standing committees including environment and sustainable development, human resources, skills development, and social development. He was a member of the Prime Ministerís Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues.
From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Tonks was the mayor of the City of York. He served as chair of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto from 1988 - 1997. As Metro Chairman, he also served on the Toronto Transit Commission, the board of directors of GO Transit and the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board.
After the amalgamation of the City of Toronto in 1997, Mr. Tonks was elected as the first Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Toronto Services Board.
Over the years, he has been a strong supporter of community organizations across Toronto. He has been the recipient of two prestigious awards Ė the Lions Club International Foundationís Melvin Jones Fellow and the Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellow (Level 2).
Alan holds an honours B.A. and an M.A. in political economy from York University as well as Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto. He and his wife Cecile live in Toronto and have three children.