Prince George, British Columbia , Canada
|| September 06, 1944
Aug 01, 2006 06:54pm
|Info||Richard M. "Dick" Harris |
Dick Harris, Conservative Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George was re-elected to the House of Commons for his fifth consecutive term in the General Election of January 23, 2006.
Dick has served in several Parliamentary positions, most recently on the Standing Committee on Ethics and Privacy and the Standing Committee on Finance in 2005. As well, he is the leading spokesperson for the Official Opposition on the pine beetle issue. His experience and influence allowed him to win a $1 billion committment from Stephen Harper and a Conservative government to support BC's Pine Beetle Action Plan. Dick has served as Canadian Alliance Critic for Banks and Financial Institutions. He authored the Report on Banks and Financial Institutions, still used as a reference by the Conservative Party today. He also served the Party as Chief Opposition Whip from April-December 2001. He was Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, a position he held from 1997 to 2000.
Dick counts his work on the issue of impaired driving as one of his greatest achievements in the House of Commons. He successfully saw his Private Member's initiative passed into law - Bill C-82, which toughened up a number of penalties for impaired driving, and Bill C-18 (impaired driving causing death). In the most recent Parliament, Dick, sponsored Carley’s Law, intended to toughen the penalties for hit and run drivers who cause serious injury or death.
Dick Harris is a committed constituency MP, recognizing that serving his constituents is by far the most important part of his job. Over the past 13 years, Dick’s MP offices have assisted well in excess of 10,000 constituents with a variety of individual concerns. He knows who to work with, both in Parliament and the bureaucracy, to get things done. In addition, Dick has faithfully represented the overall views and opinions of his constituents at every opportunity while speaking and voting in Canada’s Parliament. In the most recent Parliament he led a 4-hour debate on the pine beetle issue, sponsored Carly's Law, and spoke on a number of issues. His attendance for votes was 92.6%. Through his survey mail-outs to constituents, he effectively stays up to date on constituency views and concerns.
Dick Harris has been actively involved in the community. In particular, he has been a strong supporter of the B.C. Special Olympics, and hosts the Annual Dick Harris Special Olympics Charity Golf Classic, raising over $225,000 to date.
Prior to first being elected to the House in 1993, Dick was a successful, self-employed businessman in the tire industry and he has a strong background in small business. He has lived and worked in Prince George and the central Cariboo area for over 46 years.