Jason Kenney was born in Ontario and raised in Southern Saskatchewan, where he graduated from Notre Dame College. He did undergraduate studies in philosophy at the St. Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco.
Mr. Kenney was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as the Member for Calgary Southeast, and was re-elected with 65% of the vote in 2000. He has served in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet as Critic for Revenue, Finance, and currently Canada – US Relations.
Prior to seeking election, Mr. Kenney served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Taxpayers federation, an 80,000 member advocacy organization which promotes fiscal responsibility and democratic reforms. He previously served as the founding Executive Director of the CTS’s largest affiliate, the Alberta Taxpayer’s Association.
Mr. Kenney has been named one of Canada’s “100 Leaders of the Future” by Maclean’s magazine, “one of Canada’s leading conservative activists” by the Globe and Mail, and “one of 21 Canadians to watch in the 21st century” by the Financial Post Magazine.