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Ted Opitz

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Ted Opitz - Biography

Ted Opitz was born in the Park­dale area of Toronto in 1961 and is the youngest of four chil­dren. Ted's par­ents were orig­i­nally from Poland and im­mi­grated to Canada shortly after World War II. In 1978, Mr. Opitz en­rolled as a pri­vate in the Cana­dian Army Re­serves and rose to the rank of Lieu­tenant-Colonel dur­ing 33 years of ser­vice. In 1998 and early 1999, he served in Bosnia as a mem­ber of NATO's Sta­bi­liza­tion Force (SFOR). Prior to being elected to Par­lia­ment, LCol Opitz was the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of The Lin­coln and Welland Reg­i­ment until his election in May 2011.

 

Mr. Opitz relies on his military foundations, where no one gets left behind and he believes strongly that each and every person in Etobicoke Centre has a right to his undivided attention and that he has a duty to provide it.

 

Between 2009 and 2011, Ted was a Se­nior Re­gional Ad­vi­sor to the Min­is­ter of Cit­i­zen­ship, Im­mi­gra­tion and Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. This was a formative role for Mr. Opitz. During this time he had a chance to work closely with the GTA’s diverse communities and address their concerns.

 

In 2011 Ted was elected to Parliament. Mr. Opitz sat on four committees over this period; the Standing Committee on National Defence, Citizenship and Immigration, Vet­er­ans Affairs and the prestigious Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pro­ce­dure and House Affairs.

 

During his tenure as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Mr. Opitz served as the Chair of Canada-Ukraine and Canada-Croatia Par­lia­men­tary Friend­ship Groups.

 

In Feb­ru­ary 2012, Mr. Opitz was cho­sen as a del­e­gate to rep­re­sent the Par­lia­ment of Canada at the 56th... Read Bio