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Friday, Jun. 25, 2004

Harris, Dick

British Columbia, Cariboo - Prince George, Conservative Party of Canada

Richard M. (Dick) Harris is the sitting Member of Parliament for the riding of Prince George-Bulkley Valley, British Columbia.

A three-term MP, he was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 as a member of the Reform Party of Canada. He had served on the Reform Executive Council from 1991-1993 and was Chairman of the Reform Fund Canada and directed the business arm of the party.

Prior to being elected, Dick was a self-employed businessman in the tire industry and has a strong background in small business.

He has been actively involved in the community and in minor sports. He hosts the Annual Dick Harris Special Olympics Charity Golf Classic and in particular is a strong supporter of the B.C. Special Olympics.

In Parliament, Dick has served a Vice-chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Prior to that he had served a Chief Opposition Whip and on Commons committees on Aboriginal Affairs, Government Operations and Transport-as a member of the sub-committee on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

His Private Membersí initiatives led to Bill C-82, which toughened up a number of penalties for impaired driving and, Bill C-18 (impaired driving causing death).

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