About Pat

  • Elected the MP for Winnipeg Centre in 1997; re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011
  • Chair of  the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics 
  • Critic of Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • A leader in the NDP fight against government waste and corruption, Pat is also a founding member of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
  • Has worked successfully on such issues as eliminating trans fats from manufactured foods, raising awareness about the danger of asbestos-laden Zonolite insulation, and fighting against the outrageous interest rates and fees charged by ‘fringe’ banks and payday lenders
  • The Assembly of First Nations honoured him with the spiritual name ‘Soong-Wi-Wi-Itong’ (‘Strong Eagle Speaking Spirit’) for his work for Aboriginal rights in Ottawa, including fighting for compensation for survivors of Canada's Residential Schools
  • As Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, Pat helped strengthen the Federal Accountability Act, adding tough new measures to fight patronage
  • A former miner, carpenter and unionist, Pat is an ardent defender of workers’ rights and he achieved bankruptcy protection for workers’ wages with his Workers First Bill