Jason Kenney is the Minister of Employment and Social Development, Minister for Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast.
Minister Kenney served as president and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation prior to his election to the House of Commons in 1997. He is a former chairman of the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights, and served in several positions in Opposition, including as finance critic and deputy house leader. Minister Kenney became parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Harper in 2006 and secretary of state for multiculturalism and Canadian identity in 2007.
As Canada's longest-serving Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (2008-2013), Minister Kenney implemented comprehensive reforms to Canada's immigration, refugee and citizenship programs.
He was appointed Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism in 2013, with a mandate to ensure that Canadians are well-prepared to participate fully in the labour market of the future. He chairs the Cabinet Committee on Operations, is the regional minister for Southern Alberta, and sits on the Cabinet committees for Social Affairs and Planning and Priorities.
Minister Kenney has been voted the "best overall" and "hardest working" MP by his colleagues in Maclean's Magazine's annual survey of parliamentarians.
2014 Symposium: Our Canada