Rod TaylorNational Leader
Rod Taylor was elected as Leader of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada on November 6, 2014.
Rod was born in 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the 1960s, his family was involved in the US Civil Rights movement. After graduating from high school in California, he moved with his parents and siblings to Vancouver, BC in 1968.
Rod met his wife, Elaine, in the BC Interior. They were married in 1974 and celebrated 40 years of marriage this past summer. They have two married children and four grandchildren. Rod has worked most of his adult life in Alberta and BC, maintaining track and roadbed for the CNR, working in construction, agriculture, in the oil and gas fields and later, in the lumber industry. From 1987 until 2009, Rod was involved in lumber grading and lumber quality control in Smithers, BC, while Elaine operated a local Christian bookstore. In 2000, Rod won the BC Interior Lumber Grading Championship.
Rod has served as a first aid attendant, a union shop steward, a secretary and chairman of workplace safety committees, a department supervisor, a director of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Society, Chairman of the Bulkley Valley Christian Literature Society and a director, for over 20 years, of the Smithers and Telkwa Prolife Society.
Rod has been active in both provincial and federal politics. In 2001, he ran as a provincial candidate for the BC Unity Party and in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011, he represented the CHP in the federal riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley, one of Canada's largest electoral districts. In 2013, Rod ran in BC’s provincial election as a candidate for the newly-formed Christian Heritage Party of British Columbia.
Rod and Elaine have been members of the CHP since before its founding convention, with Elaine serving on the first riding association board for Skeena. Rod served as CHP Canada’s Deputy Leader from November, 2008 until January, 2014. From 2009 until the present, Rod has worked full-time for the Christian Heritage Party, first as the Western Development Director and later as the National Development Director, reporting to the National Board. Rod also participated in the creation of CHP-BC—the first provincial wing of the Christian Heritage Party—which involved rebuilding an existing party, the BC Heritage Party. Rod has served interim roles as the CHP-BC Leader and as President of the federal BC Council of the CHP.
Rod is committed to the growth and development of CHP Canada across the country. His focus is to see membership expand and to equip our members with the tools they need to effectively organize in every province and electoral district of Canada.