Matthew James Arthur Jeneroux MP is a Canadian politician who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election. He represents the electoral district of Edmonton Riverbend as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada caucus.
|Shadow Minister for Infrastructure|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Michael Chong|
|Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Economic Development|
|Preceded by||Maxime Bernier|
|Succeeded by||Dan Albas|
|Shadow Minister for Science|
|Preceded by||Marilyn Gladu|
|Succeeded by||Michael Chong|
|Official Opposition Critic for Western Economic Diversification|
|Preceded by||Michelle Rempel|
|Succeeded by||Tom Lukiwski|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Edmonton Riverbend
|Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||James Rajotte|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-South West|
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||n/a (new district)|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Dang|
|Born||1981/1982 (age 37–38)|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Elizabeth Clement|
|Alma mater||University of Alberta (B.A. 2004)|
Early life and educationEdit
Jeneroux was born and raised in Edmonton and Sherwood Park, Alberta. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta. Prior to his work in provincial and then federal politics, Jeneroux worked for Health Canada and was an active community volunteer in Edmonton. He has two daughters named Molly and Lily.
Jeneroux was first elected to the provincial assembly in the 2012 provincial election. In spring 2013, one year after being elected, he introduced a private member's bill entitled Compassionate Care Leave Legislation (Bill 203). The bill has gone through royal assent and provides a leave of absence for an employee from their employer while taking care of a terminally ill family member.
In just three years, he had two of his motions pass unanimously in the legislature. First, to provide support for playgrounds when new schools for young families are built in the province of Alberta. He also urged the provincial government to conduct a review of the childcare policy in the province. He chaired the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices. He was defeated in the 2015 provincial election.
He also chaired the Capital Region Caucus, Youth Secretariat, and was a member of the Alberta Treasury Board committee. In addition, he chaired Results Based Budgeting for Environment and Resource Stewardship, chaired Results Based Budgeting for Wellness, a member of Public Accounts committee, co-chair of the Alberta Film Advisory Council and chair of the Government of Alberta's Youth Advisory Panel.
As a federal MP, Jeneroux is the Conservative Party of Canada Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Communities & Urban Affairs. He has served previously as the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Shadow Minister of Science and previously under Rona Ambrose, he served in the Shadow Cabinet as the Official Opposition Critic for Western Economic Diversification.
Jeneroux was named co-Chair of the Alberta Jobs Task Force, a federal Conservative caucus initiative that will collect information from Albertans affected by the current economic situation and produce a report to be tabled in the House of Commons.
In 2016, Jeneroux was voted as one of the Top 3 "Up and Comers" in Parliament by The Hill Times publication survey.
Jeneroux has also been a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, a Member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, vice-chair on the Standing Committee for Industry and is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.
Jeneroux was critical of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development in the press in calling for his government's long-awaited Space Strategy.
In February 2017, Jeneroux tabled a motion to promote the use of geothermal technology for the use in orphan and abandoned oil wells in western Canada. His motion, with support from the geothermal industry, called on the Government of Canada to examine ways to reduce the legislative burden on using geothermal technology within Canada.
Jeneroux was voted as the "Best Constituency MP in Canada" by his colleagues, staff & media in the May 2017 Hill Times Publication.
Jeneroux is also the chair of the Edmonton Region Caucus.
In partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada on Father's Day Jeneroux organizes an annual mental health advocacy event on Parliament Hill to support raising awareness for mental health concerns in young men and fathers. The event attracts stakeholders, Senators & Parliamentarians, and advocacy groups from across the country to champion ongoing awareness supports for young fathers.
Jeneroux also co-sponsored an initiative to encourage young girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields for an annual advocacy day on Parliament along with FIRST Lego League which showcased skills in LEGO and pushed for more policies geared to encouraging young girls to pursue careers in STEM related fields.
In November 2018, Jeneroux teamed with Kids with Cancer Society in Edmonton to raise money for their organization by sponsoring a breakfast cereal fundraiser, Corn Pops & Cocoa Puffs, with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Clement.
As Infrastructure Canada Shadow Minister, Jeneroux has also been one of the fiercest critics of Canada's Infrastructure Bank, going so far as calling for its cancellation. He did so publicly in an article published in the Financial Post where he calls it an outright failure of the Trudeau Liberals.
|2015 Canadian federal election: Edmonton Riverbend|
|New Democratic||Brian Fleck||9,846||17.05||-4.12||$44,795.24|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||57,740||100.00||$216,148.06|
|Total rejected ballots||178||0.31||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2012 Alberta general election: Edmonton-South West|
|Progressive Conservative||Matt Jeneroux||7,010||56.55%|
|New Democratic||Sylvie Porbaix||1,076||8.68%|
|Alberta Party||Bryan Peacock||257||2.07%|
|2015 Alberta general election: Edmonton-South West|
|New Democratic||Thomas Dang||11,729||53.0%|
|Progressive Conservative||Matt Jeneroux||6,319||28.6%|
|Alberta Party||Krishna Tailor||575||2.6%|
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- [dead link]
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- Turnbull, Sarah (June 13, 2018). "Space group takes to the Hill after Canada drops major NASA project". iPolitics. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
- Johnston, Scott (March 22, 2017). "Using abandoned oil wells for geothermal on Edmonton MPs federal budget 2017 wish list". Global News. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
- Ryckewaert, Laura (May 8, 2017). "Goodale voted Best Cabinet Minister in QP, Scrums in The Hill Times' 25th annual Politically Savvy Survey". The Hill Times. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
- "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Edmonton Riverbend (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates