In September 2009 I left the foreign service to become the Conservative candidate for Ajax-Pickering.  On May 2, 2011 it was my huge privilege to be elected a Member of Parliament as part of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s majority government.  With the Canadian armed forces still engaged in combat over Libya and a major training mission in Afghanistan, I was very proud to serve for two years as Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Defence Peter Mackay.  At the time Finance Minister Jim Flaherty represented the neighbouring riding of Whitby-Oshawa.