Jack Harris

First University of Alberta Law Alumnus to be elected to the House of Commons as a New Democrat, St. John’s East, 2008 – present.

Jack Harris was the leader of the New Democratic Party of Newfoundland and Labrador (1992 – 2006).

He served in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly 1990 – 2006.

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

  • 1976 – Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
  • - Masters of Law, London School of Economics
  • 1980 - Admitted to the Bar of Newfoundland
  • 1987 – 1988 Elected MP after winning a by-election in St. John’s East
  • 1990 – Elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
  • 1992 – Became leader of the provincial New Democrats
  • 1993, 1996, 1999 & 2003 – re-elected to the Legislature
  • 2006 – He retired from provincial politics. At the time of his departure, his former law partner Danny Williams was Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 2008 – Present elected again as MP for St. John’s East with 74.1% of the vote, which was the 5th highest winning percentage of the election
  • He is a founding member of and a Vice- President of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.

Jack Harris has practiced in the areas of criminal, labour and family law and general practice, with a major emphasis on labour law.

In the 1990s, he successfully represented former residents of the Mt. Cashel Orphanage before the Hughes Inquiry and in lawsuits against the Christian Brothers and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador arising out of a major sexual abuse scandal.

Honours Include:

Schumiachter Award for Advocacy
Western Canada Moot Court Competition Winner
Viscount Bennett Scholarship - Law-Society of Alberta
Rothermere Fellowship
Canada 125 Medal
1992 - Queen’s Jubilee Medal
1997 – Received an Alumni Honour Award at the University 100th anniversary celebrations
On several occasions has been named one of ‘The Backbench Top Ten’ for his performance in the House of Commons, by Maclean’s magazine.