David Sweet is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. Elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011, MP Sweet has been Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology since 2010.
MP Sweet has earned a reputation as a hard-working and effective MP who delivers for his constituents. He is connected to the communities he represents -- attending hundreds of civic, charitable and community events each year.
MP Sweet's policy work includes a focus on international human rights which is reflected in his committee associations on Parliament Hill and his numerous statements in the House of Commons. He is an active member of the House of Commons Sub-Committee on International Human Rights and is also Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet and a founding member of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA).
In 2012, MP Sweet was honoured with a Humanitarian Award from the Hamilton Jewish Federation for his work on international human rights and in speaking out against anti-semitism.
Since 2011, MP Sweet has served as Chair of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, which works to establish strong relations between the Canadian Parliament and the Israeli Knesset. In this role, MP Sweet has spoken to local, national and international audiences.
MP Sweet is also an outspoken advocate for victims rights. In February 2013, MP Sweet introduced Bill C-479, An Act to Bring Fairness for Victims of Violent Offenders, a Private Member's Bill that would enshrine certain victims' rights and modernize how the Parole Board of Canada respects victims in their processes. The Bill is an enhanced version of the Private Member’s Bill that MP Sweet first introduced in 2011. C-479 began Second Reading debate in the House of Commons in May 2013
Prior to his election to Parliament, David Sweet had a management consulting business for 17 years, which included training services for a variety of corporate, public and not-for-profit sector clients. In addition, he was Vice President of Business Development for a Canadian, research-based think tank from 2004 to 2006 and served as President of two national not-for-profit organizations in the early years of the decade.
MP Sweet continues to be a fitness and outdoors enthusiast who enjoys swimming, hiking the internationally-acclaimed Dundas Valley trails in his constituency and riding his motorcycle during the summer months.
MP Sweet and his wife, Almut, live in Ancaster, Ontario.