Ed Holder

Proven Leadership for a Strong Canada

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Ed Holder

Ed Holder was elected Member of Parliament for London West on October 14, 2008 and then re-elected on May 2, 2011. His background includes a successful career in business as well as extensive community involvement.

Ed has lived in London for the past 30 years. He founded Ontario West Insurance, which later merged with Stevenson & Hunt Insurance Brokers Ltd., where Ed became a partner in 1995, and President in 1999. During his time as President, Stevenson & Hunt expanded into three other cities and grew to 160 employees to become one of the largest Canadian insurance brokerages in the country. Stevenson & Hunt was recognized in 2005 by the City of London and the London Economic Development Corporation for “industry leadership in providing innovative and unique value to the marketplace and making an outstanding contribution to the economic well being of London.“

Truly committed to his community, Ed has volunteered countless hours for dozens of local groups including the Rotary Club of London, United Way of London & Middlesex, Business Cares Food Drive, Sunshine Dreams for Kids, Y Fore Kids YMCA charity fundraising, St. John Ambulance, Theater London Foundation and New Year’s Eve at Victoria Park. He has also served as President of the Board of the London Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Board of the London Convention Centre and served on the Board of Governors of the University of Western Ontario. In 2012, Ed was appointed to the national Board of Directors for the Sunshine Foundation of Canada

Ed received the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contributions to compatriots, the community and to Canada. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of St. John Ambulance. He also received the Jack Burghardt Community Service Above Self award from the Rotary Club of London. In 2011, Ed received the St. John Ambulance Service Medal for this committed service. During the year long celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the Throne, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
As a newly elected Member of Parliament, Ed was honoured to be chosen to serve on the Standing Joint Committee for the Library of Parliament (2008-2009), Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (2009-2011), Standing Committee for the Status of Women (2011-2012) and the Standing Committee on International Trade, an important committee for London, and for Canada. In February 2012, he was appointed to the Standing Committee for Transport & Infrastructure. In 2013, Ed was appointed to the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Science and Technology. In 2011, he was elected Chair of the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Group and serves as Vice-Chair of the ParlAmericas Inter-Parliamentary Group.

Ed was also the Chair of the Southwest Ontario Caucus, a member of the Conservative Auto Caucus, Conservative Community Relations Caucus, Conservative Financial Services Caucus, and the Aerospace Caucus. As well, he is involved with over 25 Parliamentary Associations and Friendship groups including: the Canada – United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, the Inter-parliamentary Forum for the Americas, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Canada-Portugal Friendship group, the Canada-Lebanon Friendship Group – to name a few. On March 19, 2014 Ed was appointed to cabinet as Minister of State (Science and Technology).

Ed is committed to being a strong and well-respected representative for Londoners in Ottawa.

Ed and his wife Judite have a daughter, Claudia, and two beautiful granddaughters. Judite and Claudia are both entrepreneurs and owners of two very successful businesses – Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut and Gammage Flowers, Canada’s oldest flower shop.

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Hon. Rob Nicholson condemns Russian attacks in Syria

  October 2, 2015 – The Hon. Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., made the following statement:   “Like our allies, I am deeply concerned with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and particularly with the recent attacks by the Russian air force that led to civilian casualties. I am also disappointed that Russia’s military […]


The Hon. Chris Alexander and the Hon. Kellie Leitch Announce Measures to Stop Barbaric Cultural Practices Against Women and Girls

  The Hon. Chris Alexander and the Hon. Kellie Leitch Announce Measures to Stop Barbaric Cultural Practices Against Women and Girls   Today, Conservative Party candidates Chris Alexander (Ajax) and Dr. Kellie Leitch (Simcoe-Grey) announced new measures that a re-elected Conservative Government would take to stop child and forced marriage, and other barbaric cultural practices against […]


PM Harper extends Best Wishes on China National Day

Ottawa, Ontario – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark China’s National Day:   “Today marks an occasion to acknowledge the Canada-China relationship, which is marked by ever-increasing two-way trade and people-to-people ties.   “China is Canada’s second-largest single-country trading partner and, in 2013, trade between the two countries reached a […]


Open Letter to Canadian Public Servants

For Immediate Release   Ottawa, ON – Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the following open letter to Canada’s public service:   Since coming to office, our Conservative government has made life more affordable for Canadian families and protected Canada’s fragile economy in the midst of the most severe global recession in a generation.  We have […]


Minister Oliver Highlights Conservative Plan to Cut Payroll Taxes

    September 30, 2015 For immediate release OLIVER HIGHLIGHTS CONSERVATIVE PLAN TO CUT PAYROLL TAXES Today the Honourable Joe Oliver touted the Conservative Government’s plan to cut payroll taxes by more than 20 percent on job-creating small businesses in 2017. “By dramatically reducing payroll taxes, Canadian workers will see their take-home pay increase and […]


Canada Proud

Friends, During the London West debate on AM980 news yesterday my Liberal opponent Kate Young made a startling announcement. She is not as proud to be Canadian as she used to be. At first, I thought I had been mistaken, but no, having listened back to the audio she said it. My pride in Canada […]



  Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper touted his plan for affordable, responsible homeownership in Canada. He announced that a re-elected Conservative Government would aim to add more than 700,000 new homeowners to Canada’s rolls by 2020. “Homeownership provides Canadian families with financial stability and strengthens our communities,” said the Prime Minister. “Our Conservative government’s low-tax […]



    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that a re-elected Conservative Government would continue with its plan to crack down on human trafficking and support human trafficking victims. “I’m proud of our record to raise awareness and take action against the terrible scourge of human trafficking,” Prime Minister Harper said.  “We need to do […]


Conservatives denounce Liberal plan to weaken crime laws; raise taxes and run permanent deficits

  Vaughan, Ontario September 27, 2015     Today, Julian Fantino, Conservative candidate for Vaughan-Woodbridge, responded to Justin Trudeau’s pledge to repeal mandatory prison sentences for serious offences. “As a former police leader with over four decades of experience, I am appalled that Justin Trudeau believes that the rights of violent criminals and criminals that […]


Liberal Plan Means Ongoing Deficits and New Tax Hikes

  September 26, 2015   The Honorable Pierre Poilievre today outlined a $6.5 billion dollar increase in taxes contained in the Liberal costing document. The document itself points to such items as Pension Income Splitting, the Pension Income Credit and the Age Credit as ways in which taxes can be raised to meet their $6.5 […]


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London West


Since 2003, our London West stretches from the London city limits in the north and west to Dingman Creek, Southdale Road West, Wharncliffe Road South and Commissioners Road East in the south and Wonderland Road North, Oxford Street West, Wharncliffe Road North, the Thames River and the CN Rail line in the east.

London West was created in 1966. In 1996 boundaries were redrawn to take in part of London East and London-Middlesex. There was no change to the riding boundaries in 2004. Changes to the riding were made in 2013.

Facts and Figures

  • Population: 119,090
  • Average family income is $75,501
  • The workforce is made up primarily of professionals and service sector workers.

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