Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Edward Fast

The Honourable Edward Fast

Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

Government of Canada

Ed Fast was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.

Prior to his appointment to the Ministry, Mr. Fast served as a member of the standing committees on Canadian Heritage and on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Mr. Fast’s Private Member’s Bill C-277 to amend the Criminal Code to increase the maximum sentence for luring children over the Internet for sexual purposes from 5 to 10 years in prison, received Royal Assent in 2007 and became the law of Canada.

In 1985, Mr. Fast was elected to the Abbotsford School Board and served two terms. In 1996, he was elected to Abbotsford City Council where he served for nine years. During that time, he served variously as deputy mayor and chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission.

After graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982, he started his own law firm, Linley Welwood.

Mr. Fast and his wife, Annette, have lived in Abbotsford for over 29 years and have four daughters.

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