The Toronto Star has an interesting article on Bob Sopuck, the new Conservative MP from Manitoba. I strongly recommend the article as it seems to give an unbiased look at his environmental credentials and background.
What caught my eye however, was the fact that he attended and graduated from Cornell University. That name may not be as familiar to you as Harvard or Yale, but it is an Ivy League school which has been consistently ranked by multiple groups as one of the top 20 universities in the world. It is consistently ranked higher than any Canadian university, including the University of Toronto, McGill and the University of British Columbia.
This is not to say that his education puts him heads and shoulders above anyone else automatically, but it certainly gives him a head start in my mind. In a time when actual scientific background seems to be somewhat lacking in the halls of politics, its a breath of fresh air to see someone so qualified succeed.
Makes me sorry I wasn't following this more closely before.