Chuck Strahl was born in New Westminster, BC, and was a successful logging and road building contractor prior to his election to the House of Commons in 1993. He was elected in 6 consecutive elections before retiring from Parliament on the eve of the 2011 federal campaign.
During his Parliamentary career, Mr. Strahl filled a number of roles including Party Whip and House Leader, as well as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. As a member of the Privy Council, he served as Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. He was a member of Cabinet’s Planning and Priorities Committee, and was also Chair of the Cabinet’s Social Affairs Committee.
For 2012-13, Mr. Strahl was appointed Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, an independent review body that reports to the Parliament of Canada on the operations of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
After retiring from Parliament, Mr. Strahl completed the Director’s Education Program at Calgary’s Haskayne Business School, and subsequently joined the Board of Dominion Diamond Corporation, where he was Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee until the company was sold in 2017. He is also a Director of the Manning Centre (a not-for-profit political training and research organization).
Mr. Strahl is a Member of his local Rotary club, and also serves as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of The Royal Westminster Regiment.