Election Results: High Number of MLA's From Local Government

Over a third of the MLA's elected in the 2013 vote will bring their experience as local government leaders to the next legislative session. “It is a real plus to see so many MLA's will be heading to Victoria who know first-hand the issues and priorities of BC communities,” said UBCM President Mary Sjostrom. “I am also glad that several of the MLA's have sat on UBCM's Executive and know our work.”

Of the 85 candidates elected in yesterday's vote, 34 have served at least one term as a Mayor, Councillor or Director: 22 for the Liberals, 11 for the NDP and 1 Independent. Four Liberal MLA's – Terry Lake, Marvin Hunt, Peter Fassbender and Mike Bernier – have recently held positions on UBCM's Executive.

Now that the election results are in, UBCM will be preparing to follow-up with the government to discuss local government priorities. During the BC Liberals' campaign, they committed to continue a joint working group with UBCM for the federal long-term infrastructure plan. The party also committed to sitting down with UBCM to explore options to provide local governments with protection from liability arising from the delivery of provincial regulations, standards, and guidelines.

“I want to thank each of the leaders from the four main parties for their responses provided to our election platform and for their tireless efforts throughout the campaign,” said Sjostrom. “I also want to congratulate Premier Designate Christy Clark on yesterday's victory for the BC Liberals. I look forward to meeting with the Premier once her government is in place to talk about the next four years for local governments in BC.”

MLA with Current or Past Local Government Experience

Liberal

Simon Gibson (Abbotsford - Mission)

· Abbottsford Councillor

Linda Larson (Boundary - Similkameen)

· Oliver Mayor and Councillor

Donna Barnett (Cariboo - Chilcotin)

· 100 Mile House Mayor

Coralee Oakes (Cariboo North)

· Quesnel Councillor

Don McRae (Comox Valley)

· Courtenay Councillor

Scott Hamilton (North Delta)

· Delta Councillor

Jackie Tegart (Fraser Nicola)

· Ashcroft Councillor

Terry Lake (Kamloops-North Thompson)

· Kamloops Mayor and Councillor

Norm Letnick (Kelowna Lake Country)

· Banff Councillor

Doug Bing (Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows)

· Pitt Meadows Councillor

Pat Pimm (Peace River North)

· Fort St. John Councillor

Dan Ashton (Penticton)

· Penticton Mayor

Mike Bernier (Peace River South)

· Dawson Creek, Mayor and Councillor

Linda Reimer (Port Moody – Coquitlam)

· Coquitlam Councillor

Greg Kyllo (Shuswap)

· Sicamous Councillor

Peter Fassbender (Surrey – Fleetwood)

· City of Langley Mayor

Marvin Hunt (Surrey – Panorama)

· Surrey Councillor

Gordon Hogg (Surrey -White Rock)

· White Rock Mayor and Councillor

Sam Sullivan (Vancouver – False Creek)

· Vancouver Mayor and Councillor

Suzanne Anton (Vancouver – Fraserview)

· Vancouver Councillor

Eric Foster (Vernon – Monashee)

· Lumby Mayor and Councillor

Jordan Sturdy (West Vancouver Sea to Sky)

· Pemberton Mayor

NDP MLAs

Scott Fraser (Alberni – Pacific Rim)

· Tofino Mayor

Rob Fleming (Victoria – Swan Lake)

· Victoria Councillor, CRD

Mike Farnworth (Port Coquitlam)

· Port Coquitlam Councillor

Gary Holman (Saanich North and the Island)

· Capital RD Director

Maurine Karaganis (Esquimalt – Royal Roads)

· Esquimalt Councillor

Jenny Kwan (Vancouver – Mt. Pleasant)

· Vancouver Councillor

Norm MacDonald (Columbia River – Revelstoke)

· Golden Mayor and Councillor

Michelle Mungall (Nelson – Creston)

· Nelson Councillor

Jennifer Rice (North Coast)

· Prince Rupert Councillor

Bruce Ralston (Surrey – Whalley)

· Surrey Councillor

Doug Donaldson

· Hazelton Councillor

Independent

Vicki Huntington (Delta South)

· Delta Councillor

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