Edward D. "Ed" Fast, PC, QC, MP (born June 18, 1955) is a Canadian politician, currently the Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, and serving as the Minister for International Trade and as Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ed Fast grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982, Fast co-founded the law firm currently known as Linley Welwood. He was elected in 1985 and served two terms as an Abbotsford School Trustee. He was elected to Abbotsford City Council in 1996 and served for three 3-year terms. During that time, he served variously as Deputy Mayor and as Chair of the Parks Recreation & Culture Commission.
In the 2006 Canadian Federal election Fast was elected with 63.27% of the vote. In the 2008 federal election, Fast received 30,853 votes, 63.3% of the total in Abbotsford. Fast was re-elected in the 2011 federal election with 32,493 votes, representing 65% of the popular vote.
In May 2009, Fast introduced a motion in the House of Commons to rename the Huntingdon border crossing to “Abbotsford-Huntingdon Port of Entry”. The official renaming took place on May 28, 2010, preserving the historical significance of the “Huntingdon” name while at the same time more accurately reflecting the location of the border crossing within the Fraser Valley.The name change represents a “coming of age” for Abbotsford.
April 25, 2012