On December 9, 2019, Bruce Stanton was appointed Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole for the 43rd Parliament. He also held this position in the 42nd Parliament. In accordance with recent practice, the Deputy Speaker generally avoids taking part in debate, but maintains the right to vote when not presiding over the House. In general, the Deputy Speaker does not sponsor private Members’ bills or motions. Mr. Stanton is a member of the Conservative Party.
In the 41st Parliament, Mr. Stanton served as Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole. In the 40th Parliament, he was Chair of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and a member of the Liaison Committee.
Prior to being elected to the House of Commons, Mr. Stanton worked in his family’s tourism business, which has been operating on Sparrow Lake for five generations since 1884. He is also past-president of Bayview Wildwood Resorts Limited and The Cottages at Port Stanton, on Sparrow Lake. Throughout his career, he served on the boards of several tourism organizations, including the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Resorts Ontario, and Tourism Ontario.
Mr. Stanton also served as a councillor for the Township of Severn, as a member of the Rotary Clubs of Orillia and Washago, and on the Board of the Orillia Community Futures Development Corporation.
He and his wife Heather live near Coldwater, Ontario.