The Honourable Gar Knutson is counsel at the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Gar practises exclusively in the area of government relations both in Ottawa and internationally.
He is the Ottawa regional manager of the Government Relations Group.
In December 2003, Gar was appointed by Prime Minister Paul Martin as Minister of State for International Trade for New and Emerging Markets, a role promoting trade and investments with India, China and Brazil. Gar travelled extensively to these countries, including a trade mission to Central America.
Between 2002 and 2003, Gar served as a Secretary of State in the government of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien. Gar's responsibilities included Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, representing Canada abroad through trade missions as well as political missions at a ministerial level. He visited several countries in Central Asia transitioning from the old Soviet Republic to independent sovereign states. He also promoted trade and investment extensively in the Gulf region.
Gar was first elected to the Parliament of Canada in October 1993. He served on a number of committees including Environment and Sustainable Development, Justice, Public Accounts, and Citizenship and Immigration.