Chief Government Whip

Chief Government Whip and Minister of State

Gordon O’Connor
Carleton–Mississippi Mills (Ontario)

Gordon O’Connor was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. He was appointed Minister of National Defence in February 2006, Minister of National Revenue in August 2007 and Minister of State and Chief Government Whip in October 2008.

Before being elected to Parliament, Mr. O’Connor served Canada as a military officer for over 30 years, joining the Regular Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Armour Branch, and retiring at the rank of Brigadier General. One of Mr. O’Connor’s last appointments before retirement included responsibility for planning the future structure of the Canadian Forces.

Mr. O’Connor has also had an active career in the private sector, including time spent as the owner of a small business.

Mr. O’Connor has received degrees from Concordia and York universities.

Mr. O’Connor has been a resident of Kanata for over 20 years. He is married and is the father of two children.


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