About Chris

Electoral Highlights

  • First elected as the Member of Parliament for Hamilton Mountain in 2006; re-elected in 2008 and 2011
  • Official Opposition Critic for Industry
  • Vice Chair, Standing Committee on Industry
  • Co-Chair, Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations (REGS)
  • First Vice President, Inter-Parliamentary Union (Canada)
  • Past portfolios include: Chief Opposition Whip, NDP critic for Labour, Pensions and Seniors, Human Resources Skills Development Canada

Parliamentary Achievements

  • Voted one of the “Hardest Working MP’s on the Hill” in May 2010
  • Voted one of the “Hardest Working Constituent MP’s” in the House of Commons, April 2009
  • Tabled a motion for comprehensive Employment Insurance reform that was passed by Parliament, March 2009
  • Nominated for Hamilton’s Woman of Distinction Award in March 2007
  • Authored the “Seniors Charter” which was passed by the House of Commons in June 2006
  • Voted one of Parliament’s “Best Up and Comers” in May 2006


  • Former Director of Government/Community Relations at the national office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada in Burlington
  • Chris has a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and an MA in Political Science from McMaster University
  • Lives on Hamilton Mountain with her husband, Brian Charlton, a former NDP MPP and Ontario Cabinet Minister