Phil was elected to the House of Commons in 2008, re-elected in 2011, and re-elected to a third term in October 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Brantford-Brant.
Phil currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs in Parliament for the Official Opposition Conservative Party. He formerly served as the Treasury Board Critic and Deputy Finance Critic. In the previous session of Parliament, Phil was elected to serve as Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). He has also served as Chair of the Conservative Housing and Construction Caucus, and Vice Chair of the Conservative Post-Secondary Education Caucus.
As Brantford-Brant's federal representative, Phil is recognized as a hard-working constituency MP and a strong voice for his constituents in Ottawa.
He has been a tireless advocate for the growth of post-secondary institutions in Brantford and has helped deliver federal support for major projects like the new Laurier Brantford Research and Academic Centre and the Laurier Brantford - YMCA Athletics and Recreation Complex. He has worked hard to achieve funding for other important projects across Brantford and the County of Brant, including a new state-of-the-art water treatment plant and a new police station for Six Nations.
Phil is also well known for his popular community initiatives like his Passport Clinics, Community Shred Days, and the widely successful Hockey Night in Brantford which has raised over $500,000 to support local charities, since its inception six years ago.
Prior to entering politics, Phil owned and operated property development and construction companies that specialized in residential and commercial renovation work. In this capacity, he received numerous industry awards and served as President for both the Brantford and Ontario Home Builder’s Association.
A lifelong resident of Brant, Phil has demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to family, community and public service. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Brantford Police Services Board, Director of the Brantford Brant Regional Chamber of Commerce, Governor of Wilfrid Laurier University and Director and President of Lansdowne Children’s Centre.
Phil attended Brantford Collegiate Institute, received his undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1976 and completed graduate studies at Kent State University in Ohio on a hockey scholarship.
Phil and Nancy were married August 23, 1975 and are the proud parents of four grown children and four grandchildren.