David Sweet is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. Elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011 with increased pluralities, 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 in the greater Hamilton area 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. MP Sweet has been outspoken on human rights abuses in Iran, Iraq, China, Tibet, and more. 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, the Hamilton Jewish Federation honoured MP Sweet with a Humanitarian Award for his work.
Since 2011, MP Sweet has also 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 a strong advocate for victims rights. In 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 is currently going through Third Reading in the House of Commons.
From 2008 to 2010, prior to assuming the Industry Committee Chair role, MP Sweet served as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs where he worked with the Veterans Ombudsman to bring about enhanced benefits for our veterans.
Prior to his election to Parliament, David Sweet owned his own management consulting business – Directions Works Inc. – which operated for 17 years offering training services for a variety of corporate, public and not-for-profit sector clients. His consultancy leveraged his frontline business experience leading a large Century 21 brokerage in Mississauga during the 1990s building boom and the successful tow truck business he and his wife operated in Mississauga in the early 1980s.
In addition, David Sweet served as President of two national not-for-profit organizations from 2000 to 2004 and then was Vice President of Business Development from 2004 to 2006 for the Work Research Foundation (now Cardus), a research-based think tank based in Hamilton.
MP Sweet continues to be a fitness and outdoors enthusiast who enjoys swimming and running. A favourite summer pastime is riding his motorcycle and participating in a number of charity rides each year.
MP Sweet was inducted as a Chevalier in the Order of St. George in April 2014. Dating back to 1326 in Europe, the Order of St. George is focused on charitable works, particularly surrounding wounded and fallen military personnel. In Canada, the Order of St. George supports veterans care at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, the Royal Canadian Artillery, Royal Canadian Sea, Air and Army Cadet Corps and more.
MP Sweet and his wife, Almut, live in Ancaster, Ontario. Together they have six grown children living in southern Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta and two grandchildren.