Erin O'Toole, MP
Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister
Erin O’Toole is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Durham (Ontario) and the Official Opposition
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development. He was first elected to Parliament
in a 2012 by-election and re-elected in the 2015 general election. In the previous government he served
as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and in cabinet as Canada’s Minister
of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. O’Toole brings a unique set of experiences to his role in Parliament. A graduate of the Royal Military
College of Canada, he served twelve years in the Canadian Armed Forces flying on the Sea King
helicopter as a tactical navigator in support of Royal Canadian Navy operations in Canada and abroad.
He transferred to the reserves and attended law school at Dalhousie University, following which, he
worked as a corporate lawyer in Toronto at two national law firms and as in-house counsel for a large
consumer goods company and the largest private sector employer in Eastern Ontario.
After he left the military and began his corporate career, Mr. O’Toole also devoted a large portion of his
time to causes he was passionate about. He was a founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which
has raised awareness and significant funds for programs supporting members of the military, veterans
and their families. He was also a director of the Vimy Foundation and the Churchill Society, which
promoted public awareness and debate about our parliamentary democracy. A Rotarian and member of
Treble Victor and the Royal Canadian Legion, Erin has been proud to lead and follow on a series of
charitable and other projects to help build his community and country.