Member of Parliament John Williamson has over 25 years of experience in public policy research and conservative movement activism. He was returned to Parliament in 2019 and is chair of the Atlantic Conservative parliamentary caucus and Labour critic in the Conservative shadow cabinet. John was also the MP for New Brunswick Southwest until 2015. Prior to his election to the House of Commons in 2011, he worked as Stephen Harper’s Director of Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister.
In 2016, John launched Canadians for Affordable Energy to promote the benefits of energy affordability. He was National Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) from January 2004 to September 2008, and CTF Ontario Director from September 2002 to December 2003. He has also worked for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, is a past Fellow with the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute. John is a former National Post editorial writer (1998-2001) and founding member of the newspaper’s editorial board.
He has a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics and earned a bachelor’s degree from McGill University.
In 2012, John met the love of his life, Kelly. Kelly Williamson is a Commander in the Royal Canadian Navy. John and Kelly are expecting their first child in July. They live in St. Andrews and have a Cairn terrier named Teddy.