Dr. Colin Carrie is the son of a career Naval officer and settled in Oshawa when he was fifteen years old. A graduate of Oshawa’s RS McLaughlin CVI, Colin earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1989.
Prior to entering Parliament, Colin co-owned and operated one of Durham Region’s leading chiropractic and wellness clinics in Oshawa. He is a past executive member of the Durham Chiropractic Society, former chair of Spinal Health Week and former Director of the Oshawa Federal Progressive Conservative Riding Association.
Colin was first elected to the House of Commons in June 2004 and re-elected in January 2006, October 2008, and May 2011. From 2004 – 2006 while serving in opposition, Colin was a member of the Federal Health Committee and re-introduced Bill C-420, An Act to Amend the Food and Drugs Act, which advocated for greater choice in personal health care and natural health product availability for Canadians. As Oshawa is the home of General Motors Canada, Colin has been a strong advocate for the automotive industry. Shortly after his election in 2004, he created the first ever Conservative Automotive Caucus and served as its founding chair.
From 2006 to 2008, Colin served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry. As the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry in the 39th Parliament, Colin and his colleagues spearheaded an unprecedented study into the state of Ontario’s manufacturing industries. He helped draft key recommendations which underpinned the Committee’s landmark report entitled “Manufacturing: “Moving Forward – Rising to the Challenge”. Colin was also instrumental in developing the federal government’s Automotive Action Plan, another first at the federal level.
In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed him to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and was reappointed to this position on May 25, 2011. Upon his appointment to this position, Colin resumed his membership on the Federal Health Committee. During his time as Parliamentary Secretary and in committee, he has worked on several important health-related issues including Bill C-32, An Act to Amend the Tobacco Act. This new law effectively prohibits the sale of certain flavoured tobacco products (“cigarellos”) which are marketed to young people. Colin has also worked on efforts to modernize the Canadian Consumer Products Safety Act for the first time in over 40 years; has participated in efforts to recognize foreign medical credentials for newcomers to Canada; made targeted efforts to reduce the amount of sodium in foods; and worked to increase HIV/AIDS research and funding. Colin has been a constant advocate for several important health issues including autism, obesity, Hepatitis-C victims, and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
In 2013, Colin was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment. As a member of the Standing Committee of Environment and Sustainability, Colin helped introduce many new environmental initiatives since taking the position. On March 14th, 2014, Colin announced that the Conservative Government is supporting communities and businesses along the historic Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) by investing $58 million over the next two years in major capital projects and ongoing preventative maintenance. This funding is in addition to the $391.5 million announced in the 2014 Economic Action Plan for highways, bridges and dams in national parks and along historic canals. Colin was also helped introduce Canada’s National Conservation Plan which is designed to enhance biodiversity and ecosystems through conservation and stewardship actions, including working on landscapes and seascapes. The National Conservation Plan supports the creation and enjoyment of protected areas and green spaces, including in and around communities, including Oshawa.
One of Colin`s proudest achievements in this role were his significant contributions in the introduction of Bill C-40. This Bill creates the Rouge National Urban Park which will become the first ever Park within a Canadian municipality, located along the border of Pickering and Toronto. According to Parks Canada, the new legislation will “give Parks Canada the tools it needs to ensure the strongest ever level of protection of the park’s ecosystems, wildlife, flora, fossils, and artifacts.”
Colin was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Oshawa for his fifth term on October 19, 2015. As a result of this election, Colin moved back over to the Opposition benches, where he was named Deputy Critic (Health) in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet. He has since been promoted to Health Critic.
Colin and his wife Elizabeth have three children: Liam, Aiden and Grace.