Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MLA: Hon. Michael de Jong

Photo of MLAToday we delight in You. You are the One who brings the sunlight and the rain, the One who knows the hairs of our head and the attitudes of our hearts. And You are the Author and Provider of all that we need—including our BC legislative representatives.

Today we bring Mike de Jong before you. Father, may he be aware of Your presence surrounding him and providing him with the wisdom he needs to fulfill the responsibilities of Attorney General and Government House Leader. May You lift the veil created by our sinful natures, and allow him to receive insight and understanding from You. Help him to understand Your ways, Your purposes, and Your principles, and recognize how they fit into his responsibilities as he works within the restrictions of our laws.

Bless him with physical health, and help him to arrange his busy life so that he has quality time with his family. Father, we thank you for his commitment to his constituency; may he serve them well. And may Your will be accomplished within our province.

Michael de Jong was re-elected as MLA for the new riding of Abbotsford West in the spring of 2009

Michael G. de Jong, Q.C., was named British Columbia’s Attorney General on June 10, 2009. The five-term MLA previously served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizen Services, and Minister of Forests.
Michael de Jong was re-elected on May 12, 2009 as the MLA for the newly named constituency of Abbotsford West, an area he has represented since first being elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in a 1994 byelection. The constituency was then known as Matsqui, a name that continued through the 1996 general election until 2001. The riding was then renamed Abbotsford – Mount Lehman, a designation that was held through the 2005 election until the 2009 general election.
In addition to his role as Attorney General, Mr. de Jong also serves as Government House Leader, a post he has held since 2005.
Prior to his roles in government, Mr. de Jong served as Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition and was Opposition Critic for a variety of portfolios.
Before his election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 1994, Mr. de Jong served two terms as an elected School Trustee for Abbotsford School District 34, and was a practicing lawyer with his own Abbotsford firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and a law degree from the University of Alberta.

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