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Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, PC, DSJ, QC, BA, JD

Date of Birth: January 12, 1955
Political Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Designation: 43rd Minister of National Revenue of Canada
Career Start: 2011
Residence: South Surrey, British Columbia
Education: Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from the University of British Columbia in 1975, Juris Doctor (JD) from UBC in 1978

Life Story

Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay (born January 12, 1955) is a Canadian politician, who grew up primarily on Vancouver Island, graduating as a boarder at Crofton House School in Vancouver, and started UBC at age 16. During her 7 years of study at UBC in History, Political Science, and Law, she also served as President of her AGD Sorority Chapter and chaired Law School committees. Kerry-Lynne then established a successful law practice in downtown Vancouver in civil litigation, family and employment law, aboriginal land issues, and mediation appearing in all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada.

She currently practices in these same areas, serving clients primarily from Surrey, Delta, Richmond and Vancouver with her own firm, KFindlay Law Group, on 152nd St at 17th Avenue across from Semiahmoo Mall.

She was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1999 after having served as the elected President of the 10,000 member BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

Kerry-Lynne is a BC India Business Network Advisory Board member, and Past President of the Little House Society, a house of support and healing for those touched by substance use disorder. She also serves as Treasurer of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, providing service dogs to the blind, and support dogs to kids with autism and veterans with PTSD.

She is an active member of Rotary International, (2018-19 Club President), South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce, Surrey Board of Trade, and the Canadian Bar Association.

In the past Kerry-Lynne has served as a BC Government appointed member of Delta Police Board, providing civilian governance, accountability and oversight to the Delta Police Department.

Political Career

In 2011, Kerry-Lynne was elected as the Member of Parliament for Delta Richmond East, a riding that no longer exists.  She was appointed by the Prime Minister as Minister of National Revenue, and previously as Associate Minister of National Defence, and Parliamentary Secretary to Justice. She also served as a member of several high profile Cabinet committees including Treasury Board. Among other achievements, she was awarded the Golden Scissors Award in 2015 by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) for leadership in cutting red tape for Small Business.

She represented the electoral district of Delta—Richmond East as a member of the Conservative Party. She was appointed and sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice on June 1, 2011 and as Associate Minister of National Defense on February 22, 2013. She served as the Minister of National Revenue from July 15, 2013 until November 4, 2015. In 2017, Findlay announced her candidacy as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the South Surrey—White Rock by-election.

All the promises made by the party

  • Repeat Bill C-69
  • End the shipping ban in northern British Columbia
  • Clarify roles of proponents and governments in consultations
  • End foreign-funded interference in regulatory hearings
  • Provide certainty on approval timelines and schedules
  • Will effectively remove federal portion of income tax from EI maternity and EI parental benefits by providing a non-refundable tax credit of 15 per cent for any income earned under these two programs
  • Remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from home heating and energy bills
  • Establish a single tax return for Quebec, administered by the province
  • Set emissions standards for major emitters that produce more than 40 kilotonnes per year of greenhouse gases, requiring them to invest in private-sector research and development of green technology.
  • Establish a green patent credit that will reduce the tax rate to five per cent on income that is generated from green technology developed and patented in Canada.
  • Incorporate traditional knowledge of First Nations into efforts to address the impacts of climate change. Expand Export Development Canada programs to issue more green bonds that provide financing for the development of emissions-reducing technologies.
  • Create a two-year green homes tax credit for homeowners to help pay for energy-saving renovations.
  • Review and update the invasive alien species strategy for Canada, as well as the invasive species action plans.
  • Review and modernize air quality standards and regulations, with a focus on urban airsheds.
  • Re-establish an advisory panel that gave hunting, angling and conservation groups input on policies and programs on conservation.
  • Negotiate regulatory changes that would increase the energy efficiency of cross-border trucking while encouraging research and development in eco-friendly modes of transportation.
  • Renegotiate the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States [source]Ensure that the system prioritizes people facing genuine persecution [source]Put an end to illegal border crossings at unofficial points of entry like Roxham Road by changing the Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S. [source]Improve credential recognition and providing low-skilled workers with a path to residency and improving language training.
  • A “total reset,” as Scheer put it, of Canada’s relationship with China, including a reduced reliance on trade with the country and new partnerships with others—especially “like-minded democracies in the Indo-Pacific region”

Honors/ Awards

  • Paul Harris Fellow
    Date: 2018 & 2019
    Honour Issuer: Rotary International and Rotary Foundation
    Honour Description:
    The naming of a Paul Harris Fellow recognizes a Rotarian’s tangible and significant assistance for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
  • Dame of the Sovereign Order of St. John’s of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller
    Date: June 2017
    Honour Issuer: Sovereign Order of St. John’s of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, Vancouver Commandery
  • 2016 International Distinguished Citizen Award – Field of Public Service
    Date: July 2016 Honour Issuer: Alpha Gamma Delta International Women’s Fraternity
  • CFIB Golden Scissors Award
    Date: January 2015
    Honour Issuer: Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
  • CHS Alumnae Life Achievement Award
    Date: March 2012
    Honour Issuer: Crofton House School for Girls, Vancouver, BC
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Service to Canada
    Date: March 2012
    Honour Issuer: Governor General of Canada on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Cecilia I. Johnstone National Canadian Bar Association Award
    Date: August 2011
    Honour issuer: Canadian Bar Association
  • Woman of Distinction [Management, Professions & Trades
    Date: May 2001
    Honour Issuer: YWCA of Greater Vancouver
  • Queen’s Counsel
    Date: November 1999
    Honour Issuer: Attorney-General of British Columbia, Ujjal Dosanjh
  • Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay Honors and Awards 

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