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John McCallum is the Liberal candidate for the new riding of Markham—Thornhill and is the current Member of Parliament for Markham—Unionville. Prior to his entry into public service, John worked as the chief economist for the Royal Bank of Canada. During this time, he also worked to advance a number of social causes, most notably indigenous rights.
Before beginning his career with RBC, John was a professor of economics at several Canadian universities. He also served as the Dean of Arts at McGill University, where he helped to secure $10 million to establish the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.
John was first elected to represent Markham in 2000, and has since filled a variety of cabinet positions, including Minister of National Defence. He is currently the Liberal Critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Seniors.