The Honourable Mark Holland was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Ajax in 2004 and served until 2011. He was re-elected in 2015, 2019, and 2021. He is currently serving his sixth term.
A lifelong resident of the Ajax-Pickering area, Minister Holland has served his community for over 20 years. He was elected as a Durham Regional Councillor, and served from 1997 to 2004. He also served as Acting Mayor of Pickering. During his time on council, he focused on the redevelopment of the Pickering waterfront, youth employment, and environmental issues.
As a Member of Parliament, Minister Holland has served as Chief Government Whip, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions. He has been a staunch advocate of marriage equality rights, and played a key role in helping to reform Canada’s animal cruelty laws.
In both public and private roles, Minister Holland has backed health-related initiatives. He served as Executive Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Ontario Mission, as well as its National Director of Children and Youth, and helped to secure funding for Grandview Children’s Centre’s future Ajax location.