Jim Hnatiuk, Leader
Born into a farming family in 1950, and orphaned at the age of six, Jim then experienced living with the Ojibwa People in Long Lac, Ontario, before spending most of his younger years with a blacksmith and his wife in Stratton, Ontario.
For most of his high school years he attended a boarding school run by Oblate priests in southern Manitoba.
He joined the Canadian Forces and served for 25 years in the Combat Systems Engineering Department attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class. He retired in 1995 with a Certificate of Service and Canadian Decoration.
He has been involved with a number of ministries in various churches and is currently a deacon at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Jim joined the Christian Heritage Party in 2002 and has run as a candidate for the party in Nova Scotia in the 2004, 2006, 2008 federal elections, and the 2009 by-election.
He became deputy leader of the party in 2005 and was elected leader in November, 2008, with a mandate to improve the Party’s political image, increase growth and elect members to Parliament.
Jim is now a successful businessman, owning the largest hunting, fishing and taxidermy business in Nova Scotia.
Jim and Ellen, his wife of 37 years, are residents of Enfield, Nova Scotia. Together they have a son, daughter and three grandsons.
Jim’s drive is fuelled by his passion for Canada and the future of our country.
Rod Taylor, Deputy Leader
Rod Taylor became the Deputy Leader of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada in November 2008. He also serves the party as the Western Regional Development Director, with responsibility for BC, Alberta and the Yukon. He is the current candidate for CHP Canada in the federal riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley in Northern BC where he resides with his wife, Elaine. They have been married for 36 years. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren, all living in Northwest BC.
Rod has spent the bulk of his career in British Columbia, working in the lumber industry for 22 years, primarily supervising lumber grading and quality control departments. His experience includes 6 years with Canadian National Railways, horse logging, tree-planting and log-building. He has been a Board Member of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Society, Past President of the Bulkley Forest Products Association, a founding member of the Bulkley Valley Community Resource Board, Past President of the Bulkley Valley Christian Literature Society and has been for many years a Board Member of the Smithers Pro-Life Society.