James Rajotte was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 as the Member of Parliament for
Edmonton-Southwest, and was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Leduc in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
He currently serves as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance, a position he held during the 40th Parliament (2008-2011) and to which he was re-elected in 2011. The Committee conducts annual pre-budget consultations, reviews the Bank of Canada's Reports on Monetary Policy, and studies finance-related legislation such as Budget Implementation Bills.
In the 41st Parliament, the committee studied:
Canadian Renminbi Trading Centre
Emerging Digital Payments Systems
Impact of Low Oil Prices on the Canadian Economy
Income Inequality in Canada
Terrorist Financing in Canada and Abroad
Youth Employment in Canada
Bill C-25, An Act relating to pooled registered pension plans and making related amendments to other Acts
Bill C-28, An Act to amend the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada Act
Bill C-311, An Act to amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (interprovincial importation of wine for personal use)
Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations)
Bill C-462, An Act restricting the fees charged by promoters of the disability tax credit and making consequential amendments to the Tax Court of Canada Act
Pre-budget Consultations 2011
Pre-budget Consultations 2012
Tax Evasion and the Use of Tax Havens
Tax Incentives for Charitable Donations
In the 40th Parliament, the committee studied:
Pre-budget Consultations 2010
Retirement Income Security of Canadians
Tax Evasion and Offshore Bank Accounts
Tax Treatment and Characterization of Personal Services Businesses
Credit Card Interchange Fees and the Debit Payment System in Canada
Expenditure Plans for the fiscal year 2009-2010
Financial Priorities of the Federal Government
Pre-budget Consultations 2009
Study on Measures to Enhance Credit Availability and the Stability of the Canadian Financial System Tax Treatment and Characterization of Personal Services Businesses
In the 39th Parliament, he served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. This Committee conducted studies and produced reports on the Challenges Facing
the Manufacturing Sector; Counterfeiting and Piracy of Intellectual Property; the Impact of the Strong Canadian Dollar on the Economy; and the State of Science and Technology in Canada.
Mr. Rajotte introduced a Private Member's Bill (C-299) on Identity Theft (pretexting), a bill which was unanimously approved by the House of Commons during the 39th Parliament. In the 40th Parliament he introduced a Private Member’s Motion (M-574) on Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, which was unanimously adopted by the House of Commons in December 2010. In March 2012, his Private Member’s Motion (M-269), a motion to help improve Financial Literacy in Canada was also adopted
by the House of Commons.
He is currently Chair of the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-parliamentary
Association. He has served on many inter-parliamentary groups, including serving as past Vice-Chair of the
Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group, and past Chair of the Canada-Ireland Inter-parliamentary Group.
He received a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and a
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Rajotte was born and raised in Edmonton.