Windsor, Ontario , Canada
|| March 25, 1971
Aug 16, 2008 08:51pm
|Info||Jeff Watson was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Essex in June, 2004 and re-elected in January, 2006 as a member of the Conservative Government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Jeff is the first Conservative elected in the riding of Essex in 46 years. He also has the distinction of being designated by the Library of Parliament as the first autoworker elected to the Parliament of Canada. |
Jeff understands from personal experience the devastating toll that plant closures and the resultant job losses have on Canadian workers, their families, and their communities. He is also acutely aware of the plight of Essex County and Ontario producers due to trade injury. Maintaining well-paying jobs, protecting the family farm and environmental concerns, particularly the quality of our land, air and water for future generations are Jeff's top priorities as MP for Essex.
In this Parliament, Jeff re-introduced a Private Member's Bill calling on the House to reverse a tax increase for Canadian seniors receiving US social security benefits that was imposed by Paul Martin when he was Finance Minister. This legislation is the fulfillment of a long-standing campaign promise Jeff made to seniors in Essex & Windsor. His Bill received unanimous support at 2nd Reading and has been referred to the Finance Committee for review.
Jeff' served on the Standing Committee on the Environment & Sustainable Development for two and a half years before being appointed in the fall of 2006 to the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure & Communities. More recently, he served on the Special Legislative Committee convened by Parliament to review Canada's Clean Air Act. The Bill was referred back to the House on March 30th, 2007. He is also, Chair of the Government Auto Caucus, and a member of the All-Party border Caucus, the Canada-UK and Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Groups and the Canada-Israel Friendship Group.
Jeff's early passion for government led to his studying political science and history at the University of Windsor. Following his studies, Jeff worked as Executive Assistant and Marketing Director for an internationally known promotions company, whose presentations included eight Super Bowls.
Jeff later joined Daimler Chrysler Canada and spent six years on the line at the Trim Division at Daimler's Windsor Assembly Plant, including three and a half years at the Pilette road plant before it closed.
In 1997 and 2000, Jeff ran federally against the Right Honourable Herb Gray garnering the most votes ever by a conservative against the then 40-year incumbent.
Post election 2000, Jeff spent the next few years analyzing Canadian politics as a guest commentator for CBC Windsor. He re-entered the political ring in 2004, winning the Conservative nomination for the riding of Essex and going on to defeat a Liberal Cabinet Minister. Jeff was successful in his re-election bid in 2006, achieving both an increase in his overall vote and his percentage of the vote.
Jeff and his wife Sarah have been married for ten years. They have four children, Sophie 9, Emma 8, Elijah 4, and Thaddaeus 2. The Watsons make their home in Amherstburg, Ontario.