Honorable John McKay
M.P., House of Commons,
John McKay was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Scarborough East in the 1997 federal election and re-elected in 2000 with 59.8% of the votes.
John has always lived in Scarborough East. He attended five local schools as well as the University of Toronto at Scarborough , where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating he attended Queen’s University where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree. After successfully completing the Osgoode Hall Bar Admission course, he went into the private practice of law.
He has assumed leadership positions in the legal community, serving with the Durham Bar Association (Past President), the County and District Law Association (Executive Member), the Canadian Bar Association (Real Estate Executive), and as a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Committee on Title Insurance.
John is also the past moderator of Spring Garden Church, Vice-President of CIDO (an organization devoted to community banking in developing nations), and a past member of the Advisory Council of Durham College. He is also active locally with the Heron Park and Scarborough College tennis clubs, with old timers hockey, and is an active golfer. John is married to Carolyn Dartnell and they have five children.
Among the positions John holds are:
- Chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus
- Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
- President of the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group
- Chaired the National Prayer Breakfast in 2001 & 2002
- Chair Canada Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group
- Chair of the National Social Caucus Sub-Committee on Homelessness and Affordable Housing
- Board Member of Doris McCarthy Art Gallery
- Board Member of Rouge Park Alliance
John is also the recipient of:
- UTSC Alumnus of the Year Award 2000
- Queen’s Jubilee Medal
- University of Toronto Arbor Award
John regularly debates in the House of Commons on a variety of topics. For speeches on Kyoto , Iraq , and other topics.