From 2008 to 2015, Terence Young served in the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oakville. Prior to entering federal politics, from 1995 to 1999, Terence served as Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Oakville in the Ontario Legislative Assembly. During this time he served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Education and Finance.
After his fifteen year old daughter Vanessa suffered a fatal adverse reaction after taking a prescription drug, Terence founded Drug Safety Canada in 2002, a non-profit group dedicated to raising awareness of the risks and safe use of prescription drugs. His book Death by Prescription was published in March 2009 and is currently in its second edition.
Terence’s Parliamentary roles included serving on the Health, Heritage, and Status of Women committees. His contribution to the Conservative Government’s international activities is also well recognized by fellow Parliamentarians.
While in Parliament, Terence earned the reputation as one of hardest working MPs on Parliament Hill and the unanimous passage of Bill C-17 — also known as Vanessa’s Law — is considered to be one of his major achievements. Vanessa’s Law provides significant powers to Health Canada to ensure Canadians are using prescription drugs safely. Terence also introduced the Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act that would require manufacturers to place warning labels on devices that emit electromagnetic radiation.
Terence lives in Oakville with Gloria, his wife of 38 years, and is proud father to two adult children: Madeline, founder of Opera Jeunesse, and Hart, a landscape architect, and granddaughter Eleanor.