Cat’s Track #35 – Erin O’Toole

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Welcome to Cat’s Track Episode 35, with guest Erin O’Toole.

Erin O’Toole was born in Montreal. He enrolled in the RCAF when he was 17 and attended the Royal Military College. He did basic training in Chilliwack, BC; got his wings in Winnipeg, MB; and served out of Halifax, NS. Erin participated in search and rescue missions as a tactical navigator. He is fluently bilingual and gave orders in French in the military.

After 12 years of service, Erin retired from the military and spent the next decade working in the private sector as a corporate lawyer. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the True Patriot Love Foundation, a charity that serves veterans and military families across Canada. He has been elected 3 times in Durham (2012 byelection, 2015 and 2019). He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade before becoming Minister of Veterans Affairs, a beleaguered file he successfully turned around within 10 months at the end of the Harper government.

Erin is married to Rebecca and they have two children, Mollie & Jack.

If listeners would like to know more, they can visit or send their questions and/or comments to Erin at

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