Honourable Van Loan has developed a wealth of diverse experience through involvement in the community, in the Progressive Conservative Party, in his professional life as a lawyer and in the academic world.
He has served as the Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe since he was first elected in 2004. From 2006 to 2015, he held various positions within Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Cabinet, including:
- President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental
- Affairs and Minister of Sport (2006-2007);
- Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic
- Reform (2007-2008);
- Minister of Public Safety (2008-2010);
- Minister of International Trade (2010-2011); and
- Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (2011-2015)
Van Loan is the longest serving Conservative Government House Leader in history. As Government House Leader, he was responsible for advancing the government’s legislative priorities in the House of Commons. During this time, he oversaw the four most productive calendar years under the Harper Government, and during the 41st Parliament more Private Members’ bills became law than in any previous Parliament.
Van Loan was educated at the University of Toronto and holds a bachelor's degree, a Masters in International Relations and an additional master's degree in geography. He also graduated from York University's Osgoode Hall Law School and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1989.
Prior to his election to public office, Van Loan was a partner and Chair of the Planning and Development Law Group at the law firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (now Dentons) in Toronto, Ontario. Van Loan was also an Adjunct Professor of Planning at the University of Toronto.