Matt is the Conservative Member of Parliament representing Edmonton Riverbend. A longtime resident of south Edmonton, Matt is the former Member of the Legislative Assembly and also the youngest government provincial politician prior to May 2015.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Matt attended the University of Alberta, where he graduated in 2004. As an MLA, Matt introduced a private member’s bill entitled Compassionate Care Leave Legislation, the first of its kind in the history of Alberta. The legislation provides a leave of absence for an employee from his/her employer while taking care of a terminally ill loved one. Furthermore, he also had two of his motions pass unanimously in the Legislature Chamber. First, to provide support for playgrounds when new schools for young families are built in the province of Alberta. He also urged the provincial government to conduct a review of the childcare policy in the province. In addition to his MLA duties, Matt chaired the Capital Region Government Caucus, Youth Secretariat, was a member of the provincial Alberta Treasury Board and chaired Alberta’s Results Based Budgeting for Environment and Resource Stewardship.
On the local front, as an MLA, Matt fought hard and was directly involved in a number of initiatives for our community. Some of his initiatives included:
- Advocating for the community to cut through red tape and push for 41st Avenue interchange to alleviate traffic on 111 Street.
- Relentlessly pushing for schools to meet the needs of our growing communities in our city; resulted in 8 new schools in Southwest Edmonton.
- Focusing on keeping our community safe, Matt worked with Edmonton Police Services and Edmonton Fire Services to enhance their presence in our communities, including overseeing new fire hall in Rutherford community and police station in Windermere community.
As a federal MP under the leadership of Rona Ambrose, Matt served as the Opposition Critic for Western Economic Diversification. In that capacity, he became a vocal advocate of converting orphan wells across Alberta into geothermal production sites to diversify Alberta’s economy, get oil workers back on the job and to increase Canada’s renewable energy output. In February 2017, he tabled Motion 122 in support of this initiative. Matt also sat on the Standing Committees on Public Accounts and Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. In addition to his geothermal advocacy, Matt announced an initiative to fight for unemployed Albertans called the Alberta Jobs Task Force. He co-chairs the non-partisan group that focuses on policy solutions that support everyday Albertans.
Matt has recently been appointed the Shadow Minister of Science in Andrew Scheer’s shadow cabinet. In this new role, Matt plans to continue his work on geothermal energy and orphan wells, while exploring new avenues alongside Canada’s world class researchers. He will also sit on the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Matt is proud to have served provincially and continues to serve federally the community he was raised in, and where he now raises his own two daughters.