Bev Shipley

Bevin "Bev" Shipley (born June 22, 1947 in Middlesex Centre, Ontario) is a farmer and politician in Ontario, Canada who served as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Lambton—Kent—Middlesex from 2006 to 2019 as a member of the Conservative Party.

Bevin T. Shipley
Shipley in 2017
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
In office
January 23, 2006 – September 11, 2019
Preceded byRose-Marie Ur
Succeeded byLianne Rood
Chair of the Standing Committee on
In office
24 October 2013 – August 2, 2015
MinisterGerry Ritz
Preceded byMerv Tweed
Succeeded byPat Finnigan
Personal details
Born (1947-06-22) June 22, 1947 (age 73)
Middlesex Centre, Ontario
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Barb Shipley
ResidenceMiddlesex, Ontario

Shipley ran in the 2004 election for the Conservatives in Lambton—Kent—Middlesex but lost to incumbent Rose-Marie Ur of the Liberal Party of Canada by only 164 votes. Shipley won the seat in 2006 after Ur did not seek re-election, and was re-elected in 2008, 2011, and 2015. Shipley announced on July 9, 2018 that he would not be running in the 2019 federal election.

Political lifeEdit

Shipley has championed various agriculture-related causes during his time in Parliament, including his Prime Member's Motion M-460.[1] The motion called on Parliament to streamline the fertilizer regulations and approval processes with the United States. It has influenced sections of Bill C-18: Agricultural Growth Act.[2] Shipley also introduced a second Private Members' Motion M-382 on Religious Freedom. It passed by unanimous consent in the House of Commons and backed the creation of the Office of Religious Freedom.[3]

Shipley was chosen in 2011 by the Prime Minister to chair the South West Ontario Conservative Regional Caucus. He sat as a member on many standing committees, including Public Accounts and International Trade. In October 2013, he was elected as Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food.[4] The committee was involved in various studies, including Bill C-30: Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act and Bill C-18: Agricultural Growth Act. The committee also conducted a study of the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA).[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Shipley has lived in Middlesex County his entire life.[6] His interest in agriculture stems from having taken over his family farm. A graduate of the Centralia College of Agricultural Technology,[7] Shipley was elected as a councilor in Lobo Township in 1986 and as the Warden of Middlesex County in 1995. He was also the mayor of Middlesex Centre for six years.

Shipley is married to Barb Shipley (née: Stewart) and has three children. His father-in-law is Bill Stewart, former Minister of Agriculture for the province of Ontario (1961–1975).


  1. ^ "House Publications". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Legislative Summaries". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Motions". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Bev Shipley About". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. ^ "House Publications". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Bev SHipley Bio Video". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Bev Shipley Bio Page". Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2012.


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