Logging, politics and life – it matters where you stand

Strahl's lecture, Logging, Politics, and Life – It Matters Where You Stand, is an inspirational message born from personal experience about the interplay of politics, family and faith and offers a model of leadership for all those seeking positions of public service.

Strahl was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and was re-elected the following 4 terms including 2006. He has also served as Official Opposition Whip and House Leader, and spearheaded the Official Opposition's efforts to work closely with other Opposition parties and to foster parliamentary reform. In 2004, Strahl was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons and Chair of Committees of the Whole. On February 6, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Strahl as Canada's 31st Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

Strahl, a Trinity Western alumnus, has lived his entire life in the Fraser Valley. He was a partner in a successful road construction and logging contracting firm, and held the responsibility of managing several operations throughout the Fraser Valley. He and his wife Deb have been married since 1975, and have four children and six grandchildren.

The Mel Smith Lecture series aims to foster a British Columbian contribution to significant public policy issues. The lecture is open to the public, and those concerned about democracy and our governing institutions are encouraged to participate. The topic is timely and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

During the event, the recipient of the annual Mel Smith Scholarship for 2007/08 will be announced. This scholarship is awarded to a TWU student of exceptional academic ability, majoring in Canadian history or political science.

The Mel Smith Special Collection—chronicling federal-provincial relations during the crucial period of from 1967 to 1992—is housed in TWU's archives and includes a comprehensive set of professional and personal constitutional papers. The collection provides a unique, B.C. perspective on Canadian constitutional issues, and is available to students and researchers from all institutions.

Event: Ninth Annual Mel Smith Lecture
Date: Thursday, January 18th, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Northwest Building Auditorium, TWU campus. Directions provided at campus entrance.

Admission is free, and a reception will follow. For more information, please contact Inga Warnock at 604.513.2033 or email wendy.lees@twu.ca

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, communications and education to biotechnology and nursing, and offers 15 graduate degrees in such areas as counseling psychology, business, the humanities, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum