Heavenly Father, we come to you today for Bruce Ralston, the MLA for Surrey - Whalley.
Lord, we come to you for a man who understands law and finance. Someone who is not afraid to step up to the plate and use his abilities on councils and boards.
We come to you to ask that as 'the letter kills but the spirit gives life' you will fill Mr Ralston with your Spirit. We ask that your breeze will blow on his life, his work, his relationships, and his thoughts and ideas. That it will be a cleansing Spirit and a refreshing Spirit.
Father, you care for all people in British Columbia. We so need to be governed by men and women of character and understanding: We ask that Mr Ralston will become a rock in your government, solid, dependable, open to seeing both sides, and yet always giving a verdict that comes from your heart.
Blow on him, Holy Spirit, we ask. Speak to him and through him that all who hear may be able to enact your will.
In Jesus' Name we ask. Amen.
Bruce Ralston was re-elected as the MLA for Surrey - Whalley on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.
Bruce serves as opposition critic for Finance.
Bruce is a lawyer in Surrey, where he has operated his own law firm for 18 years.
From 1995 to 2006, Bruce was a member of the VanCity Savings Credit Union board of directors. He served as the chair of the board from 2001 to 2003. Bruce also served on the Surrey City Council from 1988 to 1993.
He promoted planned development for healthy neighbourhoods for Surrey families. He is a former board member of Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Surrey Public Library.
Bruce is also a former president of the BC NDP. Bruce was born in Victoria and grew up in Vancouver. He has degrees in history and law from the University of British Columbia and a degree in history from the University of Cambridge in England.
Bruce is married to Miriam Sobrino. They have three children, 17, 15 and 12, who attend public schools in Surrey and New Westminster. They are active in their community through a number of community and sports organizations.