Jonathan Wilkinson Canadian politician who has served as the minister of natural resources since 2021. A member of the Liberal Party, Wilkinson was elected as the member of Parliament (MP) for North Vancouver in 2015. He previously served as the minister of fisheries, oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard from 2018 to 2019 and minister of environment and climate change from 2019 to 2021. Before entering politics, Wilkinson was a constitutional negotiator and businessman who spent 20 years in the private sector, mainly with green technology companies.(born June 11, 1965) is a
Early life and educationEdit
Wilkinson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Saskatchewan and went on to be named the Prairies Rhodes Scholar in 1988, reading Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford. He earned master's degrees in international relations, politics, and economics from Oxford and McGill.
Wilkinson was an advisor to Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow and served in the provincial civil service from 1991 to 1995, when he joined Bain & Company's Toronto branch. In 1999, he relocated to Vancouver to work for QuestAir Technologies, a gas purification company and he became its CEO in 2002. In 2009, he became the senior vice-president for business development in Nexterra Systems, a biomass company. In 2011, Wilkinson became the CEO of BioteQ Environmental Technologies, a water treatment company based in Vancouver.
Wilkinson defeated Conservative junior minister Andrew Saxton by a nearly 2-to-1 margin amid the Liberal wave that swept through Greater Vancouver in the 2015 federal election. North Vancouver and its predecessor, North Vancouver—Burnaby, had been in the hands of a centre-right party for all but four years since 1979. He was reelected in 2019 by a reduced margin, but still bested Saxton by 16 percentage points in a rematch.
|2019 Canadian federal election: North Vancouver|
|Conservative||Andrew Saxton||16,908||26.87||-0.02||none listed|
|New Democratic||Justine Bell||10,340||16.43||+8.64||$40,432.73|
|People's||Azmairnin Jadavji||835||1.33||–||none listed|
|Total valid votes/expense limit||62,930||99.45|
|Total rejected ballots||349||0.55||+0.21|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2015 Canadian federal election: North Vancouver|
|New Democratic||Carleen Thomas||5,015||7.79||-9.06||$21,413.99|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||64,354||100.00||$220,823.27|
|Total rejected ballots||218||0.34||–|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+23.80|
|Source: Elections Canada|
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