Diane Finley was first elected to Parliament in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015.
Diane serves as the Member of Parliament for the beautiful riding of Haldimand-Norfolk, home to over 150 kilometers of Lake Erie shorelines, the historic Grand River, Canada’s most agriculturally diverse farm land and some of the friendliest, hardworking and industrious people in all of Canada.
In April 2016, Diane was Named Official Critic – Innovation, Science and Economic Development following her time as Deputy Critic in this portfolio since November 2015. Diane also serves as the Conservative Caucus Liaison to the Conservative Party of Canada. This included her playing a significant role in conducting a cross-Canada post-election review of the Conservative Party Campaign, as well as her participation on the Leadership Election Organizing Committee that sets and monitors the rules for the Conservative Party to elect its new leader.
When first elected in 2004 Diane was named Official Critic for Agriculture and Agrifood and from 2006 to 2015 she served in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Cabinet: from 2006 to 2015 as Minister of Human Resources & Skills Development Canada, Minister responsible for CMHC, Citizenship & Immigration Canada, and Public Works & Government Services Canada and as Canada’s Receiver General. Diane also served as Regional Minister for Southwest Ontario from 2008 to 2015.
Ms. Finley began her professional career as an administrator at the University of Western Ontario’s French Immersion School.
Prior to her election, she held several senior positions in both the public and private sectors encompassing health care, transportation, agricultural equipment manufacturing, printing and publishing, and aviation.
Ms. Finley has a Bachelor’s degree in Administrative Studies and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.