Monday, July 4, 2011
MLA: Colin Hansen - Vancouver-Quilchena
Lord Jesus Christ today we pray for Collin Hanson. You know dear Lord what needs he has both as an MLA and in his life. May he feel extra strength from You when needed. Give him physical health and vitality and help him to be strong, steadfast, and positive in decision making for those whom he is serving. Life as a MLA is sometimes very demanding, indeed; and therefore Lord we pray that You would give him Your desire and strength to go the extra mile when required as he serves our great Country of Canada.
MLA Colin Hansen was first elected in 1996 to represent the electoral district of Vancouver-Quilchena and was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009.
Colin serves on the Treasury Board. He was re-appointed Minister of Finance and appointed Deputy Premier on June 10, 2009. He was given additional responsibility for Small Business on October 25, 2010, and served in both these roles until March 14, 2011. He previously served as Minister of Economic Development (June 16, 2005 to June 23, 2008), Minister of Health Services (June 5, 2001 to December 14, 2004) and a previous appointment as Minister of Finance (December 15, 2004 to June 15, 2005).
Colin served as health critic for the Official Opposition, as well as the critic for Employment and Investment, and for Labour. He sat on the Select Standing Committees on Crown Corporations and on Economic Development, Science, Labour, Training and Technology.
He also sat on the Official Opposition Caucus Committees on Health and Economy.
Colin received his bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Victoria in 1975. Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, he and his wife Laura owned and operated a small business they established in 1988. Prior to that, he was vice-president of finance and administration for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Colin served as a director of the Vancouver-Yokohama Sister City Society and chair of the Vancouver Museum board of trustees. Colin and Laura Hansen have two children and live in the Dunbar area of Vancouver-Quilchena.