David Chatters, Canadian politician, Died at 69

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David Cameron Chatters was born on April 15, 1946, in Westlock, Alberta, and died on January 25, 2016.

He was a Canadian politician.

David was a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1993 to 2006, representing the riding of Athabasca until the 2004 election, after which he represented Westlock—St. Paul.

The young farmer and rancher was the first elected as a member of the Reform Party of Canada (1993–2000), which became the Canadian Alliance in 2000, which became the Conservative Party of Canada in 2003.

Chatters was the Senior Opposition Critic for Natural Resources and was a Deputy Whip of the Official Opposition.

David was the Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics, but health reasons that made Chatters retire at the 2006 election.

In May 1996, Chatters was barred from the Reform Party caucus for asserting, in the wake of the Delwin Vriend case on LGBT human rights, that schools should have the right to fire openly gay teachers.

An added caucus colleague who had made a similar comment, Bob Ringma, was suspended at the same time; a third caucus colleague, Jan Brown, was also suspended at the same time for publicly criticizing Chatters and Ringma.

These three were readmitted to the Reform caucus by September of that year.

David Chatters passed away at 69 yrs old.

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