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  Strahl, Chuck
NameChuck Strahl
Chilliwack, British Columbia , Canada
Website [Link]
Born February 25, 1957 (64 years)
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Last ModifedMonsieur
Dec 30, 2006 09:00am
InfoCharles "Chuck" Strahl

Charles "Chuck" Strahl, PC is a politician in British Columbia, Canada. He is a Member of Parliament in the governing Conservative Party of Canada, and is Minister of Agriculture and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board.

Strahl was raised in British Columbia's Interior, and worked for a private logging and road building company. He was first elected to office in the Reform Party sweep of the region in the 1993 election. He was re-elected in 1997 and 2000 elections, running as a member of the Canadian Alliance, which had replaced Reform, in 2000. He represents the Fraser Valley, a large riding in a primarily agricultural area of the province. He has held a number of shadow cabinet and committee positions. He is a member of the Chilliwack Alliance Church.

Strahl first rose to national prominence in the summer of 2001 when he was the leader and most outspoken member of a group of Canadian Alliance MPs opposed to the leadership of Stockwell Day. Strahl and a group of other MPs left the Alliance caucus and sat as members of the Democratic Representative Caucus and worked closely with the Progressive Conservative Party. Strahl's efforts were successful, and Day was ousted as party leader and replaced by Stephen Harper.

Strahl was viewed as a well-spoken and moderate member of the Canadian Alliance who could woo eastern Canada, but his leadership ambitions were frustrated due to his inability to speak French, as well as the lasting distrust amongst many colleagues over his rebellion in 2001. He attempted to launch a bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party, but could not secure enough financial or political support to launch a viable campaign. Strahl then supported Tony Clement in his failed leadership bid.

At the outset of the 38th Parliament of Canada, Strahl was appointed Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the Whole under the new rules brought about as a result of the minority government situation.

In August 2005, Strahl announced that he had been diagnosed with inoperable/terminal lung cancer as the result of exposure to asbestos many years prior.

In December 2005, Strahl was voted the "Sexiest Male MP" by other members of the House of Commons.

Despite his health problems, he successfully ran for re-election in the 2006 election. Although it was widely speculated that he would become Speaker of the new Parliament, he instead joined Stephen Harper's Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture on February 06, 2006.


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Oct 02, 2005 05:00pm News Chuck Strahl to run again despite lung cancer  Article Monsieur 
Sep 26, 2005 05:00pm General MP Chuck Strahl - diagnosed with inoperable cancer - says relationships important  Article Monsieur 
Aug 22, 2005 03:00pm News MP Chuck Strahl diagnosed with lung cancer  Article Monsieur 

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