Larry Miller has been serving as the Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound for five consecutive terms. Since his successful election in June of 2004 and re-elections in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015, Larry has been working hard to represent the views of his constituents on issues important to the riding. Some of these issues include: health care, seniors, agriculture, ending the long-gun registry, protecting Canada’s water and ensuring Federal funding reaches programs and organizations in Bruce and Grey counties.
Larry has been a part of many House of Commons Committees during his time in Ottawa. He sat as a Government Representative on the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food from 2004-2012 and was Chair of this committee from 2008 to September of 2012. Larry was also a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade from 2006-2008. In September of 2012 Larry was elected as Chair of the Standing Committee on Transport Infrastructure and Communities and was re-elected as Chair of this committee in February of 2014. This committee has a mandate to study any aspect of the management and operations of Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada, as well as any legislation, programs or policy areas administered by the Minister of Transport or the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. Most recently, Larry was elected as the Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. Furthermore, he was also appointed as the Conservative Party Deputy Critic for Parks Canada, Wildlife and Conservation.
Furthermore, Larry is an active member of many Parliamentary Groups and Caucuses that deal with issues important to the riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. He was the founding Chair of the National Rural/Agriculture Caucus and is also a very active member of the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus. This caucus deals with matters important to hunters and anglers and has produced many important results for sportsmen in Canada including the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program which was announced in the budget of 2013-14.
Larry has presented many petitions on behalf on his constituents and has also taken a lead role on two very important pieces of legislation. In the 39th session of Parliament, he sponsored Bill S-215: An Act to Protect Heritage Lighthouses, which received Royal Assent on May 29th, 2008. Larry has also successfully passed a Private Members Bill, Bill C-383: The Transboundary Waters Protection Act, which received Royal Assent on June 19th, 2013. This bill will ensure that all waters under Federal jurisdiction will be protected from bulk export while complementing Provincial regulations that are already in place. On February 24th, 2016, Larry tabled a Private Member’s Bill (PMB) that will provide a definition for the term ‘variant’ as it relates to firearms classification in Canada.
Prior to entering Federal politics, Larry ran a beef farming operation and spent 13 years in Municipal politics. He represented the people of Georgian Bluffs and Grey County as a Municipal Councilor, Reeve, and Mayor as well as Warden of Grey County in 2002. He also chaired the Highways Committee and the Finance and Personnel Committee.
Larry’s other community contributions include serving on the Niagara Escarpment Commission and helping to organize the Twin County Feeder Finance Co-Operative. He was also very active in the sports community and coached minor and senior fastball teams for 15 years.
Larry and his wife, Darlene, have three grown children, four grandchildren and still reside near the town of Wiarton, Ontario.