Garnett Genuis is Member of Parliament for the Alberta riding of Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan and the Deputy Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Official Opposition. He previously served as Deputy Critic of Human Rights and Religious Freedom.
Since his election in 2015, Garnett has developed a reputation as one of the most outspoken Members of Parliament. According to rankings developed by Maclean’s, he spoke over 100,000 words in the Chamber in his first year alone which is more than all three major party leaders combined. Speaking on foreign affairs in university classrooms in India, at rallies on Parliament Hill, and everywhere in between, Garnett has proven he is just as vocal outside the Chamber as inside.
Garnett grew up in Strathcona County and got involved in his community at a young age. He volunteered regularly with various organizations, including a local care centre, and began writing a column for the Sherwood Park News at 15 years old. During this time he also developed an interest in human rights issues around the world, influenced by his maternal grandmother, a Holocaust survivor. As the Deputy Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs, he has drawn attention to international human rights violations and called for a return to Canada’s historic principle-based foreign policy.
After studying Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University in Ottawa, Garnett earned a master’s degree in Public Policy and Philosophy at the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. Before entering politics himself, he worked as a staffer in the Prime Minister’s Office, a writer and editor at a small online news company, a debate coach at an inner-city school in London, and most recently as the vice president of a public opinion research company.
In 2011, Garnett married Rebecca Lobo, a family doctor and daughter of Pakistani Goan immigrants to Canada. Their three young children seem to be natural politicians, although Rebecca hopes they will become doctors.