Brian was born and raised on a fourth generation family farm southwest of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He graduated with degrees in Arts and Education from Brandon University, where he was a member of the U of B Bobcats basketball team.
Brian taught high school in rural Manitoba and later founded Pallister Insurance and Financial Services in 1980. Based in Portage la Prairie, this company grew to be a leader in farm estate and retirement planning, with offices across southern Manitoba.
Brian was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in October 1992.
He introduced, as a Private Memberís statement, the resolution that became Manitobaís Balanced Budget, Debt Repayment and Taxpayer Protection Act. Brianís commitment to protecting taxpayers helped Manitoba earn the distinction of having the toughest balanced budget legislation in Canada. With what came to be known as the ďPallister Clause,Ē the Province of Manitoba passed law to cut Cabinet Ministersí salaries by 20 per cent in the event they didnít balance the books in any given year. Manitoba has since passed four consecutive balanced budgets and the province has entered its eleventh year of a tax freeze..
While Minister of Government Services, Brian reduced waste, duplication and overlap in government services, improving service and
cost-effectiveness through teamwork and better communication within the department.
During his tenure, Manitoba achieved the lowest-cost government in Canada. Brian served as chair of the Manitoba Governmentís Advisory Panel on Business Regulations, where he worked aggressively to reduce barriers facing small business job creation.
A financial and estate planner by profession, Brian advocated MLA pension reform. Turning down the government pension himself, he worked to replace the existing plan with an RRSP option comparable to plans offered in the private sector.
Brian was elected to the House of Commons in December, 2000. He has served as Senior Opposition Critic For Regional Equity, Foreign Affairs, Indian Affairs and Northern Development and is presently the Critic for Human Resources Development Canada.
Brian demonstrates solid community values: giving freely to his community and province through professional, charitable and recreational activities with the Canadian Insurance Agentsí Advisory Council; Canadian Life Underwriters School; Portage and District Chamber of Commerce, Manitoba Chair of the Brandon University Foundation and as coach and executive member of various sports teams. He is a member of the Brandon University Basketball Hall of Fame, is a former Manitoba Mixed Curling Champion and has recently been elected to the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame. Brian is a 49-year-old father of two; married to Esther, dad to Quinn and Shawn.
Elected to the House of Commons in December 2000.
Founded Pallister Insurance and Financial Services.
Degrees in Arts and Education from Brandon University.
Brian is a father of two; married to Esther, dad to Quinn and Shawn.