Rob Anders was elected to the House of Commons on June 2, 1997 as a member of the Official Opposition for the Reform Party of Canada, in 2000 he was re-elected as a member of the Canadian Alliance. He served as deputy critic for Human Resources until 1998 when he was tasked as chief critic for Senate and Patronage. In 1999, he assumed the role of deputy critic for Citizenship and Immigration. Mr. Anders has now moved into the position of Official Opposition critic for National Defence.
Mr. Anders has sponsored and participated in many events protesting the Chinese government's occupation of Tibet, brutal repression of Falun Gong practitioners, and military intimidation of Taiwan.
He was responsible for drafting and organizing a letter campaign from Canadian Parliamentarians to the President of China, urging him to respect the basic freedoms of 70 million Chinese who adhere to the spiritual practice known as Falun Gong.
Mr. Anders also organized a call for democracy and religious freedom in Vietnam and helped bring together Canadian MP's and Senators with religious leaders from Vietnam.
As the official opposition's critic of Senate and Patronage Mr. Anders created and chairs the Elected Senate Action Team, a task force determined to advance the cause of Senate Reform in Canada.
He works closely with Alberta's two Senators-elect, Bert Brown and Ted Morton, urging the Prime Minister to respect the results of Alberta's 1998 Senate election.
Prior to election, Mr. Anders directed Canadians Against Forced Unionism (CAFU) a project of the National Citizens' Coalition (NCC) in Calgary. He founded the Laissez-faire club as a forum for political debate in 1995 and was a spokesperson for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Speaker's Bureau. Mr. Anders graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science where he was an active member of the Reform Party on campus and was involved with the debate and speech society.
Since then he has been supportive of a variety of organizations including: The Fraser Institute, the Alberta Taxpayers Association, the Progressive Group for Independent Business, Canadian Property Rights Research Institute, the National Firearms Association, Responsible Firearms Owners of Alberta, National Right to Work Committee, Focus on the Family, Canada Family Action Coalition, St Andrew- Caledonian Society, Canada Germany Parliamentary friends group, the Alberta Debate and Speech Association, Parliamentary friends of Tibet, and the Sir Winston Churchill Society.
Mr. Anders has appeared on national and local news programs like CBC 'Politics' with Don Newman, 'The Lead' with Alison Smith, and 'The Great Canadian Debate' with Michael Harris. He has debated a Senator on 'World Affairs - Public Policy Forum' with Bob McKeown, correspondent for Dateline NBC, and been on CBC National Radio. Mr. Anders is a regular guest on PBS and CBC Newsworld's "The Editors" with Keith Morrison.