Mark Strahl was born and raised in Chilliwack. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1999 and they love living, working and raising their son here. Mark was first elected to the House of Commons on May 2, 2011 as MP for Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon. In his first term he served as a leading member on the Standing Committee on Health; Standing Committee on National Defence; Joint Standing Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations; and the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
Mark also served as the Chair of the British Columbia/Yukon Conservative Caucus and as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
Mark has placed a priority on meeting with and learning from his constituents, in his office, at local events and in the community. Locally, Mark has been a strong advocate on the issue of mental health care and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness. He also makes it a priority to honour the service and sacrifices of our veterans at the many local ceremonies held here each year.
Re-elected on October 19, 2015, as MP for the new riding of Chilliwack—Hope, Mark is now proudly serving the people of Chilliwack, Hope and surrounding areas as a member of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. Soon after the Federal Election, Mark served as Opposition Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
On September 15, 2016, Mark was appointed Opposition Critic for Natural Resources by the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Hon. Rona Ambrose.