· Member of Parliament for Palliser since 1997
· Serves as the NDP critic for Labour, Agriculture, Political Party Financing, Canadian Wheat Board, Western Diversification, Canada Post, Cooperatives and Sports
· Chair of the NDP Caucus in Ottawa
· Earned a degree in journalism from Carleton University
· Has worked for three Canadian newspapers and CBC TV
· A strong advocate for social change, has worked for two public sector trade unions and the Canadian Labour Congress.