Matt is the Conservative Member of Parliament representing Edmonton Riverbend and the current Shadow Minister of Health. 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:
- Pushing for local, provincial and federal funding for the Terwillegar Drive expansion to an expressway.
- 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 was appointed as the youngest member in Andrew Scheer’s shadow cabinet, as the Shadow Minister of Science and the Shadow Minister of Innovation, Science & Economic Development. In September of 2018, Matt assumed the role of Shadow Minister of Infrastructure, Communities & Urban Affairs. In these roles, Matt continues his work on enhancing support for infrastructure in communities, research and science alongside Canada’s world class researchers, promotion for enhanced open access policies for federal dollars and strong private/public investment in Canada’s innovation sector. He was the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and was a member of the Standing Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure.
In January 2020, Matt was named the Shadow Minister of Health. In this role, Matt works with Canada’s health stakeholders on pertinent files, including Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) and national pharmacare. He is also a member of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health.
Additionally, Matt has taken a leading role in advocating for:
- support for Mental Health initiatives with a particular focus on addressing the stigma of mental health in young men, through his annual Father’s Day awareness event in Ottawa;
- increased advocacy for young girls involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related fields of study and work by co-sponsoring an event with LEGO on parliament Hill to raise awareness;
- eradication of polio by sponsoring the largest petition polio in the history of Canada to increase awareness of the countries and jurisdictions where polio is still rampant;
- chaired the Alberta Jobs Taskforce that encouraged policy changes that would enhance the ability to get Albertans back to work during an economic downturn.
- Named Best Constituency MP and Top Up-and-Comer by his Parliamentary colleagues in 2016 and 2017.
Matt is proud to have served both provincially and federally for the community he was raised in, and where he now raises his two daughters, Molly and Lily, and son Hugh.