Ron McKinnon is the Member of Parliament for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam. Active in politics for many years, Ron previously ran as a Liberal candidate in the 2008 General Election and for Port Coquitlam City Council in 2011. Ron is a member of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, as has served on the Standing Committee on Health as well as the Standing Committee on Science and Research and has contributed to many important studies including national pharmacare, LGBTQ2+ health and the opioid crisis.
As a long-time resident of Port Coquitlam, Ron is a proud community advocate, from serving on the Evergreen Cultural Centre board, to working with Amnesty International. As your Member of Parliament, Ron works hard to ensure that families in the community have the resources they need, from spending more time with their kids, to making life more affordable. He meets regularly with constituents, hosts advisory councils, and attends many community events in order to better understand the issues that are important to community members.
Through his annual Community Champions program, Ron celebrates the leaders in his riding that are helping to build and better Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam.
Recognizing that British Columbia is seized by an opioid crisis, Ron introduced a Private Members Bill, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. His legislation became law in May 2017 after receiving unanimous all-party support in both the House of Commons and Senate. The law is saving lives by encouraging people to call 911 in the event of a drug overdose by providing limited immunity from prosecution for possession of controlled substances.
Prior to his election, he was a successful business owner and computer systems analyst for major firms in Canada, the US, and overseas. In the 1970s, he worked as a meteorological technician for Environment Canada’s Atmospheric Environment Service.
Ron has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and an honours diploma in Computer Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is married to Christine and has two daughters, Katherine and Sarah.