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A businessman, sales and marketing consultant, Bonwick was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1997 general election as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Simcoe—Grey. He was re-elected in the 2000 election.
In December 2003, after six years as a government backbencher under Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, he was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development with special emphasis on Student Loans by Chrétien's successor, Paul Martin and as such was appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
In the subsequent 2004 general election, Bonwick, having benefitted in the past by vote-splitting between the Progressive Conservatives and the Reform Party, fell victim to the new Conservative Party of Canada, losing his seat to Conservative candidate Helena Guergis by 100 votes.
Since 2005, Bonwick has been registered as a legislative lobbyist for Access Copyright, a not-for-profit agency representing publishers, authors, photographers and other content creators.
- "Government's new copyright plan more balanced". Toronto Star. 28 March 2005.