Saturday, August 1, 2009

MLA: John Les

Father we thank you for those you have placed in power in our community. We pray for our Chilliwack MLA John Les as he carries out his duties. We pray your Holy Spirit will guide him in wisdom and in truth. We pray for good health, peace and supernatural ability to cope with all the pressures and demands placed on John in office. Bless Mattie, his wife, and their children and help them to balance the needs of the City and the Province with their family needs, and individual needs Lord. We pray that all our politicians will remember the foundation of our society is based on Biblical principles; and that they will work together to uphold those principles in the community. Give them a sense of confidence and integrity that is based on your truths and will draw our community to you Lord. We Thank You for your gracious patience and kindness to us and all the blessings you have placed on our leaders and community. Help our leaders to keep it a safe place to live, worship, work and play. Be with John as he makes the important decisions facing our community and our Province. In Jesus name. Amen

John Les was re-elected as MLA to represent the new riding of Chilliwack in the spring of 2009.

John has served as Solicitor General, Minister of Small Business and Economic Development.

Mr. Les was first elected to represent the riding of Chilliwack-Sumas in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.

He served as Government Caucus Chair, and also chaired the Legislative Special Committee on the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. Mr. Les has served on the Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations, as well as the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations. He has also been chair of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, and was formerly a member of the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills.

Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Les served for three years as a Chilliwack municipal councillor before he became Mayor from 1987 to 1999. During his 13 years as Mayor, he served on a number of bodies, including Chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District; Trustee of the Municipal Finance Authority of B.C.; Director of Union of BC Municipalities; and President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

In his private business career, Mr. Les was a partner in a Chilliwack dairy operation, an award-winning realtor, as well as the owner of a successful land development company.

Mr. Les is an Honorary Rotarian, who was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his exemplary community service, by the Rotary Club of Chilliwack.

Mr. Les and his wife Mattie live in Chilliwack and have six children and 11 grandchildren

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