Etobicoke Centre

Conservative Association

Ted Opitz

Meet The Candidate

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Ted Opitz - Biography

Ted Opitz was born in the ParkĀ­dale area of Toronto in 1961 and is the youngest of four chilĀ­dren. Ted's parĀ­ents were origĀ­iĀ­nally from Poland and imĀ­miĀ­grated to Canada shortly afterĀ Worldā€…Warā€…II. In 1978, Mr. Opitz enĀ­rolled as a priĀ­vate in the CanaĀ­dian Army ReĀ­serves and rose to the rank of LieuĀ­tenant-Colonel durĀ­ing 33 years of serĀ­vice. In 1998 and early 1999, he served in Bosnia as a memĀ­ber of NATO's StaĀ­biĀ­lizaĀ­tion Force (SFOR). Prior to being elected to ParĀ­liaĀ­ment, LCol Opitz was the ComĀ­mandĀ­ing OfĀ­fiĀ­cer ofĀ Theā€…LinĀ­colnā€…andā€…Wellandā€…RegĀ­iĀ­ment until his election in May 2011.

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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.

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Between 2009 and 2011, Ted was a SeĀ­nior ReĀ­gional AdĀ­viĀ­sor to the MinĀ­isĀ­ter of CitĀ­iĀ­zenĀ­ship, ImĀ­miĀ­graĀ­tion and MulĀ­tiĀ­culĀ­turĀ­alĀ­ism. This was a formative role for Mr. Opitz. During this time he had a chance to work closely with the GTAā€™s diverse communities and address their concerns.

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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, VetĀ­erĀ­ans AffairsĀ and the prestigious StandĀ­ing ComĀ­mitĀ­tee on ProĀ­ceĀ­dure and House Affairs.

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During his tenure as a MemĀ­ber of ParĀ­liaĀ­ment, Mr. Opitz served as the Chair of Canada-Ukraine and Canada-Croatia ParĀ­liaĀ­menĀ­tary FriendĀ­ship Groups.

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In FebĀ­ruĀ­ary 2012, Mr. Opitz was choĀ­sen as a delĀ­eĀ­gate to repĀ­reĀ­sent the ParĀ­liaĀ­ment of Canada at the 56th... Read Bio