Liberal Member of Parliament – Beaches-East York
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith has been your MP in Beaches-East York since 2015. Nate has been a principled and thoughtful voice in Ottawa, with a strong independent streak. He is a passionate advocate for climate action, poverty reduction, privacy protections, improving animal welfare, treating drug use as a health issue, and more. He introduced four bills in his first term, served as the vice-chair of the privacy and ethics committee, and represented Canada on the world stage.
The Toronto Star has praised Nathaniel for his independence, the CBC has written positively about his thoughtful approach to voting and advocacy on specific issues, and Nate was voted as the best MP in Toronto in 2017 and 2018 in NOW Magazine. Locally, Nate can regularly be seen at events across our community, supporting local charitable activities, and visiting schools to engage with young Canadians about the importance of participating in politics.
Before politics, Nate practised law at a downtown Toronto firm with a focus on commercial litigation and supplemented his practice with volunteer civil liberties work. He received his BA and JD from Queen’s University, and his master of laws (BCL) from Oxford University, where he focused on constitutional law and political philosophy. He pitched for the varsity baseball teams at both schools.
Nate has deep roots in Beaches-East York, where he was raised and has lived most of his life. Nate attended Bowmore and Malvern, grew up playing baseball at Ted Reeve and Stan Wadlow, and his parents Sara Erskine and Lawrence Smith are (now-retired) well-respected local teachers. He lives in the riding with his wife Amy, a chef, nutrition professor, and researcher at George Brown College, and the director of the supper club program at Gilda`s Club Greater Toronto and their son Mackinlay, who was born in 2016.