Paul Forseth is the Member of Parliament for the federal riding of New Westminster-Coquitlam-Burnaby, and is the Conservative Party Senior Critic for the Treasury Board (Minister Reg Alcock).
He is Vice Chair of the Government Operations and Estimates Standing Committee.
First elected in 1993, Paul has since been re-elected in 1997 and 2000. His riding of 122,000 population covers all of New Westminster, the western half of Coquitlam, and a portion of east Burnaby, British Columbia. New constituency boundaries are in place for this election.
He has served in a variety of portfolios including Justice, Finance, as well as Environment. He has been Senior and Deputy Justice Critic, Senior and Deputy Environment Critic, Deputy Revenue Critic, and Senior Immigration Critic.
As Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Paul worked hard to make the Minister of Justice accountable for the Government's questionable record on youth crime, as well as victim's issues.
In his current role as Senior Treasury Board Critic, Paul monitors the activities of various government Ministries, as well as maintaining a seat on two Committees, the Committee of Public Accounts and the Committee of Government Operations and Estimates.
During his time as Immigration Critic, Paul was instrumental in reviewing the operations of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration and greatly influenced its Parliamentary reports in late 2001 and early 2002 when new legislation was being proclaimed. He was significantly responsible for a new enhanced Party policy on Immigration that was passed at the Edmonton National Party Assembly April 2002.
Formerly, he was a member of the Standing Committee of Finance. In his previous role as both Senior and Deputy Environment critic, Paul showed determination in defending environmental concerns within the bounds of the possible, under the principles of sustainable development and the analysis of good science. Paul formerly chaired the special Party Leader advisory group on the Environment.
He has also represented Canada internationally at the Council of Europe, at the OECD and the OSCE.
First elected to the House of Commons in 1993.
Bachelor of Education, University of British Columbia.
Certificate of Public Administration, University of Victoria.
Married to Maureen. They have two adult children.