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The Honourable
 Gary Vincent Lunn 

Assumed office 
1997 federal election
Preceded by Jack Frazer

Assumed office 
Prime Minister Stephen Joseph Harper
Preceded by Helena Guergis

In office
2006 federal election – 2008
Prime Minister Stephen Joseph Harper
Preceded by John Efford
Succeeded by Lisa Raitt

Born May 8, 1957 (1957-05-08) (age 52)
Trail, British Columbia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Alexandra Lunn
Residence North Saanich, British Columbia
Profession Lawyer
Portfolio Minister of State (Sport)

Gary Vincent Lunn, PC, MP (born May 8, 1957, in Trail, British Columbia) is a Canadian Member of Parliament for the British Columbia riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands and Minister of State (Sport) in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was the Official Opposition Critic for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Minister of State for Northern Development, and Critic of the Secretary of State for Human Resources Development. He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada as well as the controversial and secretive catholic fraternal organisation, the Knights of Columbus.[1]

He attended the University of Victoria, where he completed a Bachelor of Law. He practised law in Victoria for two years before seeking the federal nomination for Saanich - Gulf Islands. He resides in Sidney, British Columbia.[2]


Political career

He was first elected to Parliament in the federal election of 1997 as a member of the Reform Party of Canada and was re-elected in 2000 as a member of the Canadian Alliance. In April 2001, Lunn was one of the first Alliance MPs to openly criticize the leadership of Stockwell Day, and was suspended from caucus in May of the same year as a result. He briefly sat with the Democratic Representative Caucus under the leadership of Chuck Strahl, but in November 2001, he left to rejoin the Alliance after Day agreed to hold a leadership race. He was permitted to return to the party in January 2002, during the leadership of John Reynolds, following Day's resignation.

In the federal election of 2006, he won re-election against Liberal Candidate Sheila Orr and NDP candidate Jennifer Burgis.


Minister of Natural Resources

Lunn was Minister of Natural Resources in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper from February 6, 2006 to October 30, 2008, when he became Minister of State (Sport) and Minister responsible for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

Chalk River reactor shutdown

Lunn fired Linda Keen, the head of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, on January 15, 2008. Keen, who was due to appear before a parliamentary committee the next day, had ordered a shutdown of the NRU reactor at Chalk River, Ontario, which is operated by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, in November, 2007, over AECL's failure to perform safety upgrades.

Appearing before a parliamentary committee January 16, 2008 Lunn refused to cite one example of what Linda Keen had done wrong in her job, only that she had lost the confidence of the government. "These are the kinds of Republican tactics this town has never seen before," Liberal MP David McGuinty (Ottawa South) told the natural resources committee. "The Prime Minister and the people around the Prime Minister will stop at nothing. ... They will fabricate, in my mind, a case to dismiss a senior official, an independent regulator," McGuinty told reporters later. Lunn told the committee: "We do not believe she fulfilled her duties. There was an urgency to this situation, make no mistake ... it would have meant life and death for some patients."[1]

AECL falls under Lunn's management as Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The reactor shutdown caused problems with supply shortage of medical radioisotopes, which are used for testing to determine whether a patient has a disease. Canada produces more than half the world's supply. The Canadian House of Commons passed emergency legislation in mid-December, 2007, with unanimous support, to get NRU restarted quickly. There has been no backup reactor for NRU since NRX was decommissioned in 1992, making it very difficult for upgrades and maintenance to be performed on NRU.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Conservative Gary Lunn 27,988 43.43 +6.28
     Liberal Briony Penn 25,367 39.36 +13.28
     Green Andrew Lewis 6,732 10.45 +0.51
     New Democrat Julian West 3,667 5.69 -20.85
     Libertarian Dale P. Leier 246 0.38
     Western Block Party Patricia O'Brien 195 0.3 +0.03
     Canadian Action Jeremy Arney 139 0.2
     Christian Heritage Dan Moreau 114 0.2
Total valid votes 64,448 100.00%
Total rejected ballots ? ?
Turnout ? ?%
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Conservative Gary Lunn 24,416 37.15% +2.58 $80,272.01
     New Democrat Jennifer Burgis 17,455 26.54% +4.96 $50,411.63
     Liberal Sheila Orr 17,144 26.08% -0.70 $79,489.42
     Green Andrew Lewis 6,533 9.94% -6.77 $19,061.08
     Western Block Party Patricia O'Brien 183 0.27% - $0.00
Total valid votes 65,721 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 134 0.20%
Turnout 65,855 73.2%
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Conservative Gary Lunn 22,050 34.57% - $81,613
     Liberal David Mulroney 17,082 26.78% - $61,819
     New Democrat Jennifer Burgis 13,763 21.58% - $40,318
     Green Andrew Lewis 10,662 16.71% - $79,731
     Independent Mary Moreau 214 0.33% - $12
Total valid votes 63,771 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 159 0.25%
Turnout 63,930 73.97%
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Canadian Alliance Gary Lunn 25,392 43.15% - $61,497
     Liberal Karen Knott 19,002 32.29% - $63,669
     Progressive Conservative Don Page 6,049 10.28% - $10,385
     New Democrat Pat O'Neill 4,721 8.02% - $9,666
     Green Wally Du Temple 3,243 5.51% - $7,217
     Natural Law Kathleen Lapeyrouse 217 0.36% - $100
     Independent Dan Moreau 123 0.20% - -
     Communist Charley Stimac 88 0.14% - $189
Total valid votes 58,835 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 165 0.28%
Turnout 59,000 70.60%
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Reform Gary Lunn 24,275 43.06% - $61,075
     Liberal Clark Roberts 17,742 31.47% - $59,743
     New Democrat Chuck Beyer 8,080 14.33% - $29,672
     Progressive Conservative Marilyn Loveless 4,243 7.52% - $23,349
     Green Julia Lerner 1,546 2.74% - $745
     Natural Law Andy Guest 248 0.43% - $321
     Canadian Action Valerie Rampone 234 0.41% - $4,335
Total valid votes 56,368 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 181 0.32%
Turnout 56,549 74.26%


  1. ^ Richard Brennan, Bruce Campion-Smith. "PM blasted for firing of nuclear watchdog". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  

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