About Kerry-Lynne

July 15, 2013: Appointed as Minister of National Revenue

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, PC, Q.C., M.P.
Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East (British Columbia)

Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay was first elected to the House of Commons in May 2011 as the Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East.

Ms. Findlay was appointed Minister of National Revenue in July 2013. The CRA is one of the largest federal government departments. As Minister, she oversees: 51 Tax Services Offices and Tax Centres<http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/cntct/tso-bsf-eng.html> across the country; 43,000 employees nationally; and a $4.3 billion budget. Under her guidance, the CRA has been active in the reduction of red tape for small business, and has undergone an attitudinal shift from an audit-focused organization to a partner in compliance.

Prior to being appointed Minister of National Revenue, Ms. Findlay was Associate Minister of National Defence from February to July 2013 where she was responsible for overseeing military procurement, including delivery of the CH-147F Chinook helicopter, on time and within budget.

From May 2011 to February 2013, Ms. Findlay also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada. There she was responsible for spearheading the passage of several justice reform bills through the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

As MP, Ms. Findlay has worked cooperatively to secure funding for many infrastructure and community improvements in both Delta and Richmond, including:

*         $10 Million multi-party participation for Fraser River Secondary Channels dredging in Steveston and Ladner - underway as of January 2014

*         Construction of the 41B Street overpass over Deltaport Way$19.9 Million for grade-separation overpass on Deltaport Causeway over railroad tracks

*         $250,000 for restoration and rehabilitation of Harris Barn in Ladner

*         $250,000 to restore and rehabilitate Seine Net Loft at Britannia Heritage Shipyard

*         $60,300 for new elevator at Delta Sport Development Centre

*         $55,000 contribution to Lions Picnic Shelter at North Delta Community Park Solar hot water systems at community pools

*         Wharf repairs in Steveston

*         $13,000 for the Tsawwassen Lawn Bowling Club upgrades.

*         Flood mitigation projects in Delta-Richmond East

Ms. Findlay has been proud to bring other federal investments to the riding, and assist constituent businesses through bureaucratic red-tape to succeed and create jobs in Delta-Richmond East, including:

*         $700 Million RADARSAT contract for MacDonald Dettweiler and Associates in Richmond; and $11.4 Million to MacDonald Dettweiler and Associates for support of Unclassified Remote Sensing Situational Awareness capability of the Joint Space Support Project;

*         Secured Ministry of Health certification sufficient to overcome significant  and new European Union restrictions to allow Phyton Biotech to continue to export critical ingredients for cancer drugs; and

*         $4.4 Million Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative re-payable loan to Avcorp to help develop new metal-bonding processes for use in aircraft component construction - over 150 direct and indirect jobs created.

*         $13.3 million repayable contribution to Richmond's Norsat International Inc. The contribution, being made through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), supports a research and development project aimed at improving the company's line of satellite terminals, microwave components and radio frequency antennas.

Throughout her career, Ms. Findlay has distinguished herself as a lawyer and as a community leader, achieving regional, provincial and national recognition as a passionate advocate and articulate debater. She has represented clients at every level of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, and been actively involved in the mediation of multi-party disputes in complex situations. Along the way she has mentored many junior men and women in the legal profession and worked for improvements in access to justice and court reform. Ms. Findlay is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable lawyers regarding aboriginal land and resource management issues, and as a sought after speaker on portfolio topics as well as legal and women's issues.

Ms. Findlay resides in Delta, BC with her husband Brent, and is the mother of four children.