Father God, we thank You for the dedicated and committed men and women of our legislature. Today, we are especially grateful for MLA: Gary Coons. We pray that You would continue to bless and encourage him for his many years of public service to the citizens of British Columbia and more specifically to those of the North Coast. Renew his strength, vigor and vision for those things that You are calling him to fulfill. May You also lead him into relationships and strategies that will aid him in accomplishing Your will for our province. Protect and watch over his family when he is away from them traveling the province. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Gary Coons was re-elected as the MLA for the North Coast on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature on May 17, 2005.
Gary serves as opposition critic for B.C. Ferries and Coastal Communities.
During his first term Gary served on the Special Committee for Sustainable Aquaculture and the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs. He currently is a member of the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations.
Before entering politics Gary was an educator in the Prince Rupert School District for 27 years. He taught Mathematics/Special Education. It was during his time as a teacher and union activist that Gary first start down the path to political involvement.
An avid sportsman, Gary enjoys coaching, playing racquet sports and taking advantage of the many outdoor activities that the north coast has to offer.
Gary is married to Lois Elliot and together they have two daughters, Breton and Hannah.