Teulon, Manitoba , Canada
|| May 19, 1965
|Contributor||The Oncoming Storm|
Feb 20, 2009 05:09pm
|Info||James was raised on a farm near Inglis, Manitoba and is a graduate of Olds College in Alberta. James and his wife Kelly have three daughters; Cortney, Taylor, and Cassidy. The Bezan family farms near Teulon, Manitoba. In addition to being a cattle producer, James has held various positions in agri-businesses, as well as owning an export and consulting company. |
On June 28th, 2004, James was first elected to the House of Commons to represent the riding of Selkirk-Interlake. During his time in Opposition, James held positions of Associate Agriculture Critic and Executive Member of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association. With the support of his constituents, James was re-elected on January 23rd, 2006. Very proud to be in government, James was elected as Chair of Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food and Chair of the Canadian Section of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA).
James was again re-elected on October 14, 2008 to represent Selkirk-Interlake. James currently serves as Chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Chair of the Manitoba Conservative Caucus, and Chair of the Canadian Section of FIPA.
Following the 2008 General Election, James received two of Ukraine's highest awards for his historic contribution to the recognition of the Soviet-imposed Holodomor forced famine of 1932-1933 as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people. Ukraine's highest civilian award, the “Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise” was awarded to James on the basis of the decree of the President of Ukraine as his recognition of people who have made a historic contribution on behalf of Ukraine. James was also awarded the Holy Medal of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Rural development, environmental protection and agriculture have always been high on James’ list and he has consistently been an advocate for sustainable rural development and meeting the needs of the agriculture base.
While politics take up the majority of James’ time, being involved in the community is still very important to him. James offers his services as a member of the Stonewall Oddfellows and as a member and past director of the Teulon and District Lions Club. His family is also active in their church.