Brian was first elected to the House of Commons to represent
Windsor West in 2002, and then again in 2004, 2006, 2008 and most recently in 2011. His election in 2002 represented a major political shift in Windsor West since it was the first time the voters of the riding had elected a New Democrat to represent them federally.
Brian’s Parliamentary roles have included NDP Critic for Industry, Transport, International Trade Automotive, the Canada/US border and High Speed Rail. He serves as Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-parliamentary Group since 2006 and as Co-Chair of the All-Party Border Caucus and Chair of the NDP Auto Caucus.
As a Member of the NDP Official Opposition Brian continues to serve as the NDP Critic for the Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and the Canada-US Border—roles that will be crucial to ensuring that our regional economy remains on track to lead in Canada’s economic recovery. Additionally Brian is the Vice-Chair of the Industry Science and Technology Committee, his experience with this file will be invaluable as the portfolio covers an array of policy areas that are both critical and complicated.
Prior to his election to the House of Commons Brian served the citizens of his community as a twice elected Windsor City Councillor in 1997 and 2000 where he served with distinction.
Before entering electoral politics as a candidate Brian worked as a Youth Co-ordinator for the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County and also as an Employment Specialist at the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities of Windsor and Essex. He is a proud Graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology (Hon) and has completed the course work toward a Master's.
Brian is married to Terry Chow, they have two children—daughter Alexandria and son Wade.