About John Williamson


John Williamson is the Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest and Chairman of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. He was re-elected for a third term in 2021.

During his time in Parliament, John has also served as a member of the House of Commons committee investigating all aspects of the Canada-China relationship. In 2023, he was one of four MPs appointed to a special committee charged with examining classified government documents related to the firing of two scientists at Canada’s high-security National Microbiology Laboratory. The committee also examined files related to the lab’s troubling relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and China’s military medical complex.

Prior to John’s election to the House of Commons in 2011, he worked as Stephen Harper’s Director of Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Outside of elected office, John established Canadians for Affordable Energy and held senior positions with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. He was an editorial writer with the National Post at its inception in 1998 and founding member of the newspaper’s editorial board.

John has a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from McGill University.

John’s wife Kelly is a Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy, and they share duties raising their delightful daughter Charlotte at home in St. Andrews with the family’s Cairn terrier, Teddy.