Bob Nault is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kenora, where he serves 53 communities, including 42 First Nations. As one of the largest geographical ridings in the country, Kenora encompasses one third of Ontario’s land mass, and is approximately the same size as France.
Bob was first elected in 1988 and ran successfully afterwards in 1993, 1997, and 2000, furthermore serving as the Member of Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River for over sixteen years. He was the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from 1999-2003, and is a former Kenora City Councillor.
While serving in Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s Cabinet, Bob introduced a comprehensive program of reform and financial accountability measures for First Nations, which included increased federal investment in First Nations economic development from $25 million to over $125 million. To this day, Bob remains committed to improving the lives of First Nations people in Canada.
In 2004, Bob announced that he would be taking a break from politics and did not seek re-election in the 2004 election. During his time away from politics, he started his own business advising First Nations, high tech companies, and public sector organizations across the country on issues of governance, energy, and government relations.
In January 2015, Nault announced his intent to seek the Liberal Party of Canada nomination as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Kenora. On May 31, 2015, Nault was nominated as the party’s candidate for Kenora in the 2015 federal election. On October 19, 2015, MP Nault was elected for the fifth time, receiving close to 11,000 votes. He was successful in his race against former provincial NDP leader, Howard Hampton, and incumbent Conservative cabinet minister, Greg Rickford.
It is Bob’s experience, hard work, and tenacity which makes him a strong representative for the riding of Kenora. Bob’s talent for organizing and negotiating have earmarked his career and helped him get elected as Chairman of the United Transportation Union Local 431, and later as Vice-General Chairman of CP Lines West. In February 2016, he was elected Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee, as well as, Chairman of the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas.
Bob is happily married to his wife, Lana, and they are proud parents of their two children, Samantha and Daniel.
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