Hon. John McKay, P.C., M.P., Scarborough-Guildwood

The Honourable John McKay was first elected as Member of Parliament in 1997. He was re-elected in October 2015 to serve his seventh term in the House of Commons.  He currently represents the constituency of Scarborough-Guildwood.  John is married to Carolyn Dartnell. They have five children, three grandchildren and are active members of The Peoples Church.

Current Roles:

  • Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
  • Chair of the Canadian Section of the Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board on Defence
  • Vice-President, Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association

Current Memberships in Parliamentary Associations and Interparliamentary Groups:

  • Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group
  • Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association
  • Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association
  • Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Associaiton
  • Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association
  • Canadian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly

Current Memberships in Parliamentary Friendship Groups:

  • All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity
  • Canada-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • Canada-Nordic-Baltic Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • Canada-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • Canada-Tamil Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds

 Appointment to Privy Council:  December 12, 2003


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queen’s University
  • Osgoode Hall Bar Admission Course 

Previous Roles:

  • Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, 2017
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence - 2015 - 2017 
  • Liberal Party of Canada Critic for the Environment - 2013 - 2015
  • Liberal Party of Canada Critic for Defence - 2011 - 2013 
  • Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations - 2010 - 2011
  • Senior Member of House Finance Committee - 2004 - 2010
  • Official Opposition Critic for Small Business and Tourism – 2008
  • Official Opposition Critic for Crown Corporations - 2006
  • Chair of the Canada-Caribbean Parliamentary Friendship Group - 2006
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, 2003 - 2006
  • Chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus - 2002 - 2004
  • Chair of the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group - 2001 - 2004
  • Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights - 2001 - 2003
  • Chair of the National Prayer Breakfast - 2001 & 2002

Private Members Bills over Parliamentary Career:

  • Successfully sponsored Bill C-293, An Act Respecting the Provision of Development Assistance Abroad and received Royal Assent on May 29, 2008.
  • Successfully sponsored Bill C-260, Amendment to Hazardous Products Act (fire-safe cigarettes) and received Royal Assent on March 31, 2004.  
  • Sponsor of Bill C-300, a bill respecting corporate accountability for mining, oil and gas companies in developing nations - 2009-2010.
  • Sponsor of Bill C-474, Transparency of Payments Made by Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations to Foreign Governments Act – 2013-2014.