John Reynolds was born in Toronto, grew up in Montreal and spent many happy childhood summers at his grandparents’ home in Barrie, Ontario. He has lived in every province from Quebec west and now calls beautiful British Columbia his home province where he lives with his beloved wife Yvonne.
John Reynolds left a career in sales and marketing to seek election as a Progressive Conservative in the British Columbia riding of Burnaby-Richmond-Delta in 1972. Not expected to win, John surprised pundits and politicians alike when he took a historically Liberal stronghold in the general election of that year. He was re-elected in 1974 and served as an MP until the following election choosing at that time to return to private life.
During his hiatus from politics, John became one of the most-listened to radio talk show hosts in British Columbia where he challenged guests and listeners alike to think about the issues of the day and to get involved in the affairs of their city, province and nation.
In 1983, the people of West Vancouver-Howe Sound asked John to return to politics and to run for the Social Credit Party provincially. He was persuaded and subsequently elected as an MLA in 1983 and again in 1986. During that period John served as Speaker of the Legislature, Minister of the Environment and chaired many committees of the Legislature. Some of those committees included Regional and Economic Development, Native Affairs, Cultural Heritage, Vancouver International Airport and the BC/Yukon Boundary Commission, to name just a few.
After leaving provincial politics John returned to private business until once again he was called on by the Reform Party Constituency Executive of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast to seek the nomination in 1997. John was described by a senior spokesman for Preston Manning as “star candidate, both regionally and nationally.” He was elected and served as Official Opposition Critic for Citizenship & Immigration, Fisheries & Oceans and Justice and Chief Opposition Whip.
John Reynolds answered the call again in the federal election of 2000 and was re-elected and immediately re-appointed Chief Opposition Whip. Among his other duties he sat as a member of the House Affairs Committee and on the Board of Internal Economy which manages the House of Commons budget.
In 2001, John was elected Leader of the Canadian Alliance Party and Official Opposition Leader in the House of Commons, a position he served well and with distinction. When Stephen Harper was elected leader, he immediately appointed John as Official Opposition House Leader, the job he holds today. He has also served as Co-Chair of the Stephen Harper Leadership Campaign and is today Co-Chair of the Conservative Party of Canada 2004 Election Campaign.
In his spare time, and he has very little, John likes nothing better than spending time with his beloved Yvonne, or on the golf course, or in a boat off the coast of his beautiful and rugged British Columbia fishing for salmon or halibut. When they can, both John and Yvonne like to gather their family of seven children and nine grandchildren so they can dote on and spoil the grandchildren.
John Reynolds is a star candidate and politician and is liked and respected by Members of Parliament from all political parties. His network of friends stretches around the world and they were all pleased and proud when John was awarded the Queens Medal in 1978 and 2003 for his outstanding contribution to Canadian public life.
First elected to the House of Commons in 1972.
Over 20 years of Federal & Provincial political experience.
Married to Yvonne. They have seven children and nine grandchildren.
Campaign manager John Aisenstat, 604-809-1180