About Ted Opitz

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 Con­fer­ence on the UN Com­mis­sion on the Sta­tus of Women.

Mr. Opitz was also tasked to attend several international conferences on Somalia, focusing on the recovery of that nation after years of war and political turmoil. He has also accompanied Prime Minister Harper overseas to Ukraine, Poland and Italy.

In March 2014 Opitz was one of thir­teen Cana­di­ans banned from trav­el­ling to Russia by President Vladimir Putin for his opposition to Russia’s aggression in eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea. He posted his response on Twit­ter saying, "Today's sanc­tions by Rus­sia on my­self and col­leagues demon­strate Canada has been an ef­fec­tive voice in the world in sup­port of Ukraine.” Mr. Opitz has been praised for his contributions and advocacy of Ukraine’s defensive needs and was instrumental in securing the first 30 000 uniforms that were delivered to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Mr. Opitz has earned many honours and awards over the years. Most recently he was honoured by the Polish government for fostering close relations between Canada and Poland. He received the prestigious Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit for his contributions.

Ted Opitz resides in Eto­bi­coke Cen­tre with his wife Cyn­thia since 1993. He holds a BA degree in Eng­lish from York Uni­ver­sity.