Garry Breitkreuz was born October 21, 1945, and was raised on a farm near Springside, Saskatchewan. He attended a one-room country school near the farm where he grew up. His high school education was completed in Yorkton. He has six years post-secondary education, including a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan.
Garry taught for twenty-four years, including three years teaching math and chemistry at a college in Cameroon, West Africa; two years as principal on an Indian Reserve in northern Saskatchewan; eighteen months teaching math and sciences on the remote island of Malaita, part of the Solomon Islands. The remainder of his teaching experience was spent teaching various subjects and grades in and around Yorkton. Seven of those years, Garry also spent farming.
Since his election in 1993, Garry has held four different critic assignments. At present, he is the Official Opposition Deputy House Leader and Official Opposition Critic for Firearms and Property Rights, and he currently sits on the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as well as the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
As Firearms Critic, Garry has worked tirelessly to uncover the exorbitant costs of the federal Liberal government’s gun registry program. He also has formerly served as deputy critic for Aboriginal Affairs; deputy critic to the Solicitor General; and critic for Unemployment Insurance.
Garry has also worked on such issues as: agriculture and grain transportation, native self-government and land claims, victims’ rights, and Justice and prison reform, to name a few.
Garry was elected to the House of Commons in October 1993, for the riding of Yorkton-Melville in eastern Saskatchewan, and was re-elected in the 1997 and 2000 general elections.