Ron McKinnon was elected to the House of Commons to represent Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam in the 2015 General Election. Active in politics for many years, Ron ran as a Liberal candidate for the 2008 General Election and for Port Coquitlam City Council in 2011.
As a member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and the Standing Committee on Health, he studied complex legislation such as Medical Assistance in Dying and the Cannabis Act, and participated in a number of studies, such as Pharmacare, Human Trafficking, Access to Justice, Support for Jurors, and Antimicrobial Resistance.
Recognizing that British Columbia is seized by an opioid crisis, Ron introduced a Private Members Bill, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. His legislation became law in May 2017 after receiving unanimous all-party support in both House of Commons and Senate. The new law is saving lives by encouraging people to call 911 in the event of a drug overdose. It provides immunity from prosecution for possession of controlled substances when someone calls for medical assistance in the instance of a drug overdose.
Ron is also keenly interested in his community’s cultural scene. Prior to his election, he was a successful business owner and computer systems analyst to major firms in Canada, the US, and overseas. In the 1970s, he worked as a meteorological technician for Environment Canada’s Atmospheric Environment Service.
Ron has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and an honours diploma in Computer Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is married to Christine and has two daughters, Katherine and Sarah.
Ron McKinnon, MP
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House of Commons
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