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Jeff Watson

Jeff Watson was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Essex in June, 2004 and re-elected in January, 2006, October 2008 and May, 2011 as a member of the Conservative Government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In the fall of 2013, Jeff was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport.

Jeff is a veteran member of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure & Communities. He is also a member of the Government Auto Caucus, the Tourism Caucus and the All-Party Border Caucus. In addition, Jeff serves as director of the Canada-Israel Friendship Group and as a member of the Canada-US and Canada-Italy Inter-Parliamentary Associations as well as a member of the Canada-Macedonia Friendship Group and Vice-Chair of the Canada-Croatia Friendship Group.

Among his legislative accomplishments, Jeff counts his Private Members’ measure to reverse a steep Liberal tax hike on retired Canadian seniors collecting US Social Security which was included in the Conservative Government’s 2010 Budget.

In addition, as chair of the Government Auto Caucus, Jeff worked with the Industry Minister to create a National Auto Strategy, in 2008, including the Auto Innovation Fund – the first investment from which re-opened Ford’s Essex Engine Plant in Windsor.

Jeff also worked closely with US Congressman John Dingell and two Canadian Environment Ministers to establish Canada’s first Priority Natural Area, the Western Lake Erie Watersheds PNA, to enhance land conservation in Essex County and to complement the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

As well, Jeff is leading the charge to improve adoption outcomes and support in Canada with his National Adoption Action Plan. His Private Members Motion-386, to study federal supports for adoptive parents and children received the unanimous support of the House and resulted in a report tabled in March 2012, for the government’s consideration. This report has subsequently resulted in federal measures in Budget 2013 and Budget 2014 to increase tax credits to cover the costs to families adopting a child.

Jeff’s early passion for government led to his studying political science and history at the University of Windsor. He returned to his studies in 2012 to complete his BA (History). Jeff worked as Executive Assistant and Marketing Director for an internationally known promotions company whose presentations included eight Super Bowls. He later joined Chrysler Canada and spent six years on the line at the Trim Division at Chrysler’s Windsor Assembly Plant, including three and a half years at the Pillette Road plant before it closed. Jeff’s work on the Assembly line led to his Library of Parliament designation as the first autoworker elected to Parliament.

Jeff and his wife, Sarah make their home in Amherstburg, Ontario. The Watsons have six children – Sophie, Emma, Elijah, Thaddaeus, Ava, and Beatrice.

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$8 BILLION HOLE IN RECKLESS NDP SPENDING PLANS

NDP will massively hike taxes on Canadian families. The Honourable Jason Kenney today outlined an $8 billion hole in the NDP’s reckless spending plans. He called on Thomas Mulcair to come clean with Canadians on how he plans to pay for the billions upon billions of new spending promises. New NDP spending promises total $13.8 […]

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PM HARPER ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM SUPPORT FOR THE CANADIAN PARTNERSHIP AGAINST CANCER

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a re-elected Harper government would renew the mandate of the Canadian Partnership against Cancer for another five years, beginning in 2017. “Millions of Canadians are affected by cancer, either through personal struggle, or by supporting a family member who suffers from this devastating disease,” the Prime Minister said. “Our […]

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PM HARPER PROMISES BROADBAND EXPANSION INTO MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today promised his government would continue to dramatically improve broadband connectivity in rural Canada. “Quite simply, there is probably no infrastructure more critical than the internet to ensuring the future prosperity of our vast country,” said Prime Minister Harper. “In today’s digital economy, access to the internet is essential to create […]

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PM HARPER OUTLINES KEY PARTS OF HIS ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN

Prime Minister Stephen Harper participated in a discussion with small- and medium-sized business leaders on his plan to support economic growth and job creation over the short- and long-term. The discussion focused on the key pillars of the Conservative Government’s world-leading Economic Action Plan, including low taxes, free trade, support for skills-training, immigration reforms, and […]

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Prime Minister Harper Announces Tax Relief for Adoptive Families

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that a re-elected Conservative government would help make it more affordable for Canadian parents to adopt children by significantly increasing the value of the Adoption Expense Tax Credit and making it fully refundable. “Our Conservative government believes that there is no higher calling than that of raising a child, […]

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Stephen Harper announces plan to save Canadian small business owners time and money

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that a re-elected Conservative government will further cut red tape so that small businesses and entrepreneurs can spend more time serving Canadian consumers and less time on checking bureaucratic boxes. “When small business owners spend less of their time and money on red tape, Canada sees economic growth and […]

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PM HARPER ANNOUNCES “LIFE MEANS LIFE” AS HIS GOVERNMENT’S TOP JUSTICE PRIORITY

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that a re-elected Harper Government would make “Life Means Life” legislation its top justice priority in a new parliamentary session. “Canadians expect their government to protect them from the worst type of criminals,” said Prime Minister Harper. “That’s why our government introduced Life Means Life legislation, and that’s why […]

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PM Harper announces expansion of Canadian Armed Forces Reserves

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced a suite of measures to strengthen the Canadian Armed Forces reserve force in order to better protect Canada’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and to deepen the connection between the Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian communities. “Our Government has made the rebuilding of the Canadian military a priority since we […]

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Harper highlights support for savings and retirement security

Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper highlighted his government’s support for measures to help Canadians save and prepare for retirement through the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and other low-tax policies. He reaffirmed that a re-elected Conservative Government would continue to protect TFSAs and the recent contribution limit increase announced in Budget 2015. “Our Government believes in […]

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For over ten years I've had the privilege of serving you, your family, and our communities - delivering results that earned me the nickname "the billion dollar MP". ‎This election comes amid a serious slowdown in the global economy and the unleashing of the dark, evil Islamic State - who not only is wreaking havoc in the Middle East but has declared war against Canada, inspiring terrorist attacks in Québec and Ottawa. The choice is clear: Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. Justin is just not ready, lacking the experience and maturity to oversee a $1.9 trillion Canadian economy or confront ISIS. Thomas Mulcair's NDP high-taxes - including on Chrysler and Ford - will wreck our economy‎ and his ideologically-driven foreign policy will set Canada back and leave Canadians less safe. Only Stephen Harper has the proven experience today to keep Canada safe and our economy strong. I encourage you, on October 19th, cast your vote to re-elect me‎ and a Stephen Harper strong, stable, national Conservative majority government. Thank you!

- Jeff Watson MP

Essex

Jeff has worked hard to serve this riding, delivering results to support jobs, families, and communities across our region:

Facts and Figures

  • $80 million to re-open Ford Essex Engine Plant, adding a third shift in 2012
  • saving Chrysler from bankruptcy
  • $2 billion for the new Gordie Howe International Bridge
  • the $63 million Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore
  • the $24 million Libro Centre in Amherstburg
  • funding for WEEDC to save supply chain with closure of Heinz plant, find new buyers
  • $40 million for the new Centre for Engineering Innovation at the Univ of Windsor
  • the Media-Plex and Centre for Applied Health sciences at St. Clair College
  • Front Road reconstruction and $1 million toward new town hall in LaSalle
  • the first Priority Natural Area in Canada, the Western Lake Erie Watersheds PNA
  • saving rare Alvar habitat on Pelee Island, habitat restoration projects in Hillman marsh, Cedar Creek, the Botsford Woods
  • Canada 150 projects to finish the Essex to Amherstburg trail and make improvements to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 399 in Belle River
  • new cenotaphs in LaSalle, Amherstburg, and Essex
  • improvements to arenas in Harrow and Kingsville, a new soccer complex in Harrow, baseball diamonds and other upgrades to Vollmer Complex in LaSalle
  • improved tax credits for adoption
  • ending the Paul Martin Liberal tax hike on retired seniors collecting US Social Security
  • delivering Canada's first National Auto Action Plan

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94 Talbot Street North
Essex, Ontario N8M 2Y2
Tel: 519-968-3457