The Honourable Robert Douglas Nicholson, P.C., Q.C.
M.P. for Niagara Falls, Ontario
Mr. Nicholson was first elected as Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls from 1984 to 1993. During that time, he served as Minister for Science and Minister responsible for Small Business (1993), Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General and Justice Minister (1989 to 1993), Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee of the House of Commons on Justice and Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (1989 to 1990). He was appointed federal Queen's Counsel in 1992. Re-elected in 2004, he was appointed Critic for Transport, and served as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport. In January 2005, he was appointed Chief Opposition Whip. Upon re-election in 2006, Mr. Nicholson served as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform during Canada's New Government's first year in office. Mr. Nicholson was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on January 4, 2007.
A lifelong resident of Niagara Falls where he practised law, Mr. Nicholson was also elected to the Niagara Regional Council in 1997, 2000 and 2003.
Born in Niagara Falls in 1952, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University and a law degree from the University of Windsor. Mr. Nicholson was called to the bar in 1979 and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is married to Arlene and they have three children.