Erin O’Toole was born in Montreal. He enrolled in the RCAF when he was 18 and attended the Royal Military College. He did basic training in Chilliwack, BC; got his wings in Winnipeg, MB; and served out of Halifax, NS. Erin participated in search and rescue missions as a tactical navigator.
He is bilingual. After 12 years of service, Erin retired from the military and spent the next decade working in the private sector as a corporate lawyer. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the True Patriot Love Foundation, a charity that serves veterans and military families across Canada.
He has been elected 3 times in Durham (2012 by- election, 2015 and 2019). He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade before becoming Minister of Veterans Affairs, a beleaguered file he successfully turned around within 10 months at the end of the Harper government. For the last two years, Erin served as Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs. Erin is married to Rebecca and they have two children, Mollie & Jack.
Not The Typical Career Politician
In his thirties, Erin became a leader in the business sector, honing his skills in advocacy and the law and engaging with leaders across industries.
Erin’s time spent working in business revealed the critical roles of entrepreneurs and small business owners in creating jobs.
"We don't need a typical career politician, but someone who can take charge and return the country back to prosperity. We need a leader that is proud of our industries and understands them."
His Heart Has Always Been With Everyday Canadians like You
Family and service to others are the reasons Erin gets up every day.
He’s volunteered with the Royal Canadian Legion and the Rotary Club. He’s helped in creating the Clarington Youth and Community Leadership Programme, and raised funds to build schools in Africa.
He was also a founding member of the Board of Directors to a charity to support veterans, the True Patriot Love Foundation, which he has worked to raise millions of dollars for.
Erin O’Toole’s Speech Introducing the Conservatives’ Plan to Secure the Future