, British Columbia , Canada
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|Info||James William Gouk was born in Toronto, Ontario on April 15th, 1946, and moved to British Columbia as a child. He has resided in the Castlegar area since 1976, and has represented the scenic federal constituency of Kootenay-Boundary-Okanagan (formerly Kootenay West - Revelstoke) in the House of Commons since the October 1993 election. He was re-elected in the June, 1997 general election; and again on November 27, 2000. |
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Jim worked for more than 22 years as an air traffic controller, 14 of those in Castlegar. He holds a commercial pilot’s licence. He has also owned and operated a residential construction company in the West Kootenay area, and worked for a time in the real estate profession.
Jim’s past political experience includes two terms as a Castlegar City Councillor. He was an active member of two Castlegar voters’ groups promoting more democratic and cost-effective local government: CURB (Citizens Unaccepting Rash Bureaucracy), and the Castlegar Non-Partisan Association (NPA). He was also a Director of the Crows Nest Highway 3 Association.
Jim’s community involvement is extensive. He is a past president of both the Castlegar Rotary Club and the High Arrow Shrine Club. In 1986, he cycled from Castlegar to Phoenix, Arizona to promote and raise funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus Program. Some of Jim’s other interests and hobbies include fishing, cooking, reading, competitive shooting, and golf.
During the 35th Parliament, Jim served as the Transport Critic for the Reform Party of Canada, travelling from coast to coast studying a wide variety of transportation issues of national and regional importance. With the formation of the 36th Parliament in 1997, Jim was appointed Reform Critic for Public Works and Government Services, which included responsibility for the Canada Post Corporation and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. In November, 1999, he removed himself from his critic responsibilities to devote more time to his constituency. He acted in a “troubleshooter” role for the Party, taking on special assignments as the need occurred. This included developing recommendations for changes to the legislation governing the operation of Corrections Canada, assisting on the Nisga’a Treaty legislation, and special assignments dealing with airport emergency response services and VIA Rail.
Following his re-election to the 37th Parliament, Jim was named chief Labour critic for the official opposition, a position he resigned on May 15, 2001. In April, 2002, he accepted a special project assignment to study the viability of and private sector interest in privatizing VIA Rail.
Jim and his wife Ann have two adult children - Warren and Wende.