Lisa Raitt

Lisa Raitt

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

AGE: 48

MP for Milton, Ont.

Former minister of natural resources, labour, and transport.

First elected to Parliament in 2008.


  • Opposed to screening newcomers for values
  • Opposed to Liberal plan for carbon pricing
  • Spending review of all government programs
  • Focused on “hard work, optimism, and self-reliance.”
  • Taxes: increase TFSA limit back to $10,000 per year, no federal tax on first $15,000 of personal income, reduction of corporate income tax rate from 10.5 to 9 per cent, and doubling of the Apprenticeship Incentive and Completion Grant to $4,000 per year
  • Support for supply management
  • Infrastructure spending to focus on economic growth, with more use of public-private partnerships
  • Promise to “restore principled foreign policy and strong support for our armed forces
  • Health: creation of a Canadian Autism Partnership and national dementia strategy, more funding to fight rare diseases, streamlining of federal health organizations
  • Conservative Party: more grassroots policy development and regional conferences, a “338 riding strategy” for 2019, more funding for riding associations
  • Democratic Reform: an elected and accountable Senate, free votes for MPs on non-confidence matters, MPs to select their own caucus representatives


Lisa Raitt discusses her strategy in the campaign’s final weeks, her potential path to victory, and her opposition to Kevin O’Leary. (April 5, 2017)

Here’s Raitt criticizing rivals Kellie Leitch and Kevin O’Leary — for their views on immigration and defence policy (Jan. 4, 2017):

Watch Raitt’s official campaign launch in Toronto (Nov. 3, 2016):