John Williams was first elected to the House of Commons on October 25 th, 1993. He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as the Treasury Board Critic for the Reform Party Caucus and appointed to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts. During the 35 th Parliament, Mr. Williams was also a member of the Sub-Committee on the Business of Supply, the Parliamentary Working Group on the Reform of the Estimates, an associate member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Deputy House Leader for the Reform Party.
Re-elected to the House of Commons on June 2 nd, 1997, Mr. Williams was re-appointed Treasury Board Critic, and was elected Chairman of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Mr. Williams was a member of the Sub-Committee on Improved Financial Reporting to Parliament of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (Phase II), and Chairman of the Sub-Committee on International Financial Reporting Guidelines and Standards for the Public Sector of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
John Williams is the author of The Waste Report, a periodic publication on government waste, which is now a well-known critique of lack of accountability and mismanagement in government.
Re-elected on the Canadian Alliance platform November 28, 2000, Mr. Williams garnered 59.5% of the popular vote. Mr. Williams was re-appointed Treasury Board Critic (November 2000-March 2002).
He was also re-elected as Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on Public Accounts and he is Chair of the Sub-Committee on Combating Corruption. On February 19 th, 2002 Mr. Williams was elected Vice-President of the Canadian Section of Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA.). Mr. Williams is also Co-Author with Carolyn Bennett, M.P. (St. Paul) of the report entitled “Measuring Quality of Life: The Use of Societal Outcomes by Parliamentarians”, dated November 2001. Mr. Williams is a member of the Liaison Committee of the House of Commons. He is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Centre, a non-government organization focused on developing good governance.
In October 2002, Mr. Williams was elected Chair of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC). GOPAC is an organization, which Mr. Williams founded to bring together Parliamentarians from around the world who want to lead the fight against corruption which is one of the most serious challenges facing societies today.
In 2004 the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party merged to form the Conservative Party of Canada. Prior to being elected as a Member of Parliament, Mr. Williams was a Certified General Accountant and had his own private practice in the City of St. Albert. In July 1999, he was recognized by the Association and was named a Fellow of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.
John Williams was married to Carol (dec'd. 1998) and has two sons, Munro (b.1978) and Allan (b. 1980). Mr. Williams was an Elder (ret'd) of the Strathcona Presbyterian Church in Edmonton.
First elected to the House of Commons in 1993.
John Williams was married to Carol (dec'd. 1998) and has two sons, Munro and Allan.