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Melissa Lantsman MP is a Canadian politician and public relations executive who serves as the Member of Parliament for Thornhill in the House of Commons of Canada. A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, she was elected in the 2021 Canadian federal election. She is the first LGBTQ woman and Jewish woman ever to be elected as a Conservative MP.
Lantsman previously worked as a communications advisor to several cabinet members in the 28th Canadian Ministry of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She was a senior advisor to the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and its chief spokesperson during the 2018 Ontario provincial election. Lantsman was previously the National Vice President of Public Affairs at Enterprise Canada, a strategic communications firm.
In 2020, upon the retirement of Peter Kent from Parliament, Lantsman announced her intention to seek the federal Conservative nomination in Thornhill. She defeated the incumbent Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament, Gila Martow, to become the riding's Conservative candidate on March 17, 2021.
She was elected to parliament on September 20, 2021, and was sworn into office on October 28. Since November that year, she has served as the Shadow Minister of Transport in the Opposition Shadow Cabinet of Erin O'Toole.Lantsman was elected the vice-chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport and Infrastructure.