Lisa Raitt, PC, MP (born May 7, 1968) is a Canadian politician, who is the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the riding of Halton. She is the current Minister of Labour in the Cabinet of Canada.
Raitt was born Lisa MacCormack in Sydney, Nova Scotia as the youngest of seven children. Her father, Colin A. MacCormack, worked for a local coal mine, loading coal onto ships, and later served as city alderman, and secretary-treasurer and a lead negotiator for the Cape Breton Railway Transportation and General Workers. Her mother, Tootsie, worked as a businesswoman. Raitt is married to Second City alumnus, playwright and stay-at-home dad David Raitt and has two sons, John Colin (b. 2002) and Billy (b. 2005).
In September 2008, Raitt was appointed to run as the Conservative candidate in Halton against Liberal incumbent Garth Turner. On October 14, 2008, Raitt defeated Turner by over 7,000 votes. Raitt was named to the Cabinet of Canada on October 30, 2008 as Minister of Natural Resources, one of eleven women named to the Cabinet.
On January 19, 2010, Raitt was moved from the Ministry of Natural Resources to the Labour Ministry. Prime Minister Harper publicly defended Raitt, saying she has "a great future."
Incident at Lester B. Pearson Airport
The Ottawa Citizen and National Post reported Raitt's appearance at Lester B. wildcat strike occurred the next day. According to Bill Trbovich, a spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), Raitt was walking through the airport when three workers started “clapping and saying ‘Oh, great job’. Raitt is alleged to have asked the RCMP to ‘arrest these animals’. The strike caused widespread disruption to Air Canada schedule, causing flight cancellations and delays. Raitt refused to comment directly about the incident.
Pearson Airport on March 22, 2012 and subsequent reaction by Air Canada baggage handlers was the reason a
April 5, 2012