Archive for January, 2011

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Gerry Ritz

January 31, 2011

The Honourable Gerry Ritz is the Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminister, Saskatchewan.  He is a member of the Conservative party, and this will be his 5th term in Parliament.

He is the Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

He grew up on the family farm in Delisle, Saskatchewan.  After graduating from high school he held many different  positions including; sales, co-ownership of a community newspaper, general contracting as well as grain and ostrich farming.  He and his wife Judy have two children and three grandchildren.

As we pray for him, let’s pray at the same time for the farmers of Canada who are dealing with the current economic conditions.  Pray that this coming growing season would be prosperous and protected from drought.  For the Honourable Gerry Ritz, pray that he would be a voice and representative for farmers across Canada.  Pray that his family would be blessed.  Pray that he would be able to balance his family life with his political responsibilities.

You can learn more about the Honorable Gerry Ritz on his official website.

 

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Greg Rickford

January 30, 2011

The Honourable Greg Rickford is the Member of Parliament for Kenora, Ontario.  He is a member of the Conservative Party, and this will be his first term in Parliament.

He is a member of the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development committee and Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee.

His professional background includes work as a nurse, healthcare consultant, and lawyer.  As a nurse he worked extensively in Northern Ontario which included work in First Nation communities.  He attended Laval University in Quebec City where he earned his MBA.  He would further go on to study at McGill University and the University of Arizona to complete degrees in Common and Civil law.

He comes from a large family of 8 siblings.  Growing up, he and his family were involved in many community and church activities.  He is an avid fisherman and enjoys playing hockey, swimming and fitness training.

Pray that God would bless his time in Parliament.  A relative newcomer to politics, pray that he would quickly learn everything he needs to be effective.  Pray that other Parliamentarians would support him and provide wisdom and insight into the Parliamentary process.  Pray that his faith would continue to be a constant strength even in times of testing.  Pray that he would have time for rest and leisure.

You can learn more about Greg Rickford on his official website.

 

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Lee Richardson

January 29, 2011

The Honourable Lee Richardson is the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, Alberta.  He is a member of the Conservative Party, and this will be his 4th term in Parliament.

He is the Chair of the International Trade committee.

Before entering the federal legislature he was involved in politics as a civil servant.  He was the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Prime Ministers office, and also acted as an advisor to the PM on Western affairs.   From 1979 to 1983 he was the Chief of Staff for Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed.  He served as the director of the 1988 Olympics.  He was first elected to Parliament in 1988, was defeated in 1993, but went on to win the next three elections.

He is a widower with three children.

As we pray for him, let’s pray that he continues to prosper in all that he does.  Pray that he would be a man who seeks wisdom, especially as he chairs the International Trade committee.  Pray that he would continue to be a voice for the West in Ottawa.  Pray that he would be blessed with many friends,  and would have time to spend with his family.  Pray that his many years of experience would be utilized by the Government.

You can learn more about Lee Richardson on his official website.

 

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Pierrette Ringuette

January 28, 2011

The Honourable Pierrette Ringuette was appointed to the Senate by P.M. Chretien in 2002 and represents New Brunswick.  She is a member of the Liberal Caucus.

Ms. Ringuette has been a forerunner in her life.  She was the first female Francophone to be elected in the provincial assembly of New Brunswick, serving in crucial roles over that career.  She then was the first female Francophone from N.B. elected to the Federal Government serving the constituency of Madawaska-South.  During her time as an M.P. she was very involved in official language issues and was a key developer of policy within the Liberal Party.

Ms Ringuette was born in 1955 and has one daughter. She is a member of the National Finance and Banking, Trade and Commerce Senate committee.

Let us thank God for this industrious and capable woman who has devoted herself to public service.  May the Lord give her wisdom to serve well along with colleagues of all party backgrounds and may she leave a lasting legacy for good in our Senate.

You can learn more about Ms. Pierrette Ringuette on her personal website.

 

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Blake Richards

January 27, 2011

The Honourable Blake Richards is the Member of Parliament for Wild Rose, Alberta.  He is a member of the Conservative party, and this is his first term in Parliament.

He is a member of the Agriculture and Agri-Food committee as well as the Heritage committee.

He grew up in Wildrose, Alberta on the family farm.  He worked in the agriculture and the oil industries before attending the University of Calgary where he received a degree in Political Science.  He spent 7 years working as a constituency assistant for MP Myron Thompson.  After that experience he built up a real estate business before deciding to enter federal politics.

He and his wife Tara have one son, Quinn.

Pray that his family would be blessed during his time in Parliament.  Pray that he would be able to balance his role as MP, Husband and Father.  Pray for wisdom as he brings his experience to the Agriculture committee.  Pray that he would be able to represent the voice of farmers in the west.

You can learn more about Blake Richards on his official website.

 

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Nancy Greene Raine

January 26, 2011

The Honourable Nancy Greene Raine was appointed as a Senator by P.M. Stephen Harper at the beginning of 2009.  She represents the region of Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay in B.C.  and is a member of the Conservative Caucus.  Ms Raine is well known as a record-winning Canadian Ski Champion, a member of the Sports Hall of Fame and the Order of Canada.

She was very involved with the establishment of the Whistler-Blackcomb Resort where the winter Olympics are being held, then in creating the Sun Peaks resort near Kamloops, and recently has held the position of Chancellor at the Thompson Rivers University since 2005.

Nancy is married to Al Raine with whom she has partnered on her many life achievements.

Let’s pray for Ms. Green Raine.  Let’s pray for blessing on her marriage and on her influence for good in our nation with her standing now as as Senator.

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Scott Reid

January 25, 2011

The Honourable Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, Ontario.  He is a member of the Conservative Party, and this is his 4th term in Parliament.

He has been the Deputy House Leader of the Government between 2006 and 2008.  He is the Chair of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. Mr Reid is also a member of the Procedure and House Affairs committee.

Before entering politics he had an extensive career as journalist, author and scholar.  He has authored two books; Lament for a Notion and Canada Remapped. He is often called upon for his expertise on democracy and the Canadian constitution.  Every year he contributes the $20 000 pay raise that MP’s received in 2001 to buy defibrillators for schools and arenas.

Pray that he would continue to be a light on Parliament Hill.  Pray that his generosity would be an example to others.  Pray that he would have wisdom as he deals with issues of International Human Rights.

You can learn more about Scott Reid on his official website.