Jim Hnatiuk is the leader of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada. He was elected to that post in November 2008.
As a youth, he attended a boarding school run by Oblate priests. He joined the Canadian Forces and served with them for 25 years in the Combat Systems Engineering Department in the Canadian Forces attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. He has been involved with various churches and is currently a deacon at Emmanuel Baptist Church. In his professional life, he operates the largest hunting, fishing and taxidermy business in Nova Scotia.
Hnatiuk joined the Christian Heritage Party in 2002and has run as a candidate for the party in Nova Scotia in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 federal elections.
He became deputy leader of the party in 2005 and was elected leader at the party's November 2008 convention in London, Ontario defeating Harold Ludwig and Rod Taylor on the first ballot of the party's leadership convention.
Hnatiuk was a candidate in the November 9th by-election in the riding of Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, to replace independent Member of Parliament Bill Casey. He came in fifth, losing to Scott Armstrong of the Conservative Party of Canada.
February 25, 2010