Today we bring Harry Bloy before You, Lord God, and ask for an extra measure of strength and endurance for him. May this strength show in his life as well as in his legislative tasks. 2013 appears to have challenges ahead, so we pray that You, God, will be with him to encourage him in his daily work. We put our trust in You Lord to guide MLA: Bloy in wisdom, intuition, perception, and decision making to bring positive results in his many endeavors. May he sense that You are his Almighty Helper. Give him a rewarding time meeting and greeting people as he serves this year. We pray all these requests in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Harry Bloy was appointed Minister of State for Multiculturalism on September 26, 2011. He was first elected in the riding of Burquitlam in 2001 and was re-elected in the May 2005 provincial general election. He won election to the Legislature for a third time in 2009 for the new riding of Burnaby-Lougheed.
Harry also serves on the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and Skills Training, the Select Standing Committee on Health, and is the designated Deputy Chair of Committee of the Whole.
Previously, Harry served as Minister of Social Development and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, was on the Government Caucus Committee for Natural Resources and Economy and five Select Standing Committees: Finance and Government Services; Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills; Legislative Initiatives; Crown Corporations; and, Public Accounts. He was also a member of the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Prior to being an MLA, Harry was the President of a local telecommunications company. Harry earned a marketing diploma from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto after which he worked as a systems analyst before moving into retail. Starting as a district manager, he became national marketing manager for a countrywide retail chain. In 1979 Harry and his brother opened the first in a series of convenience stores and over the next 12 years developed, operated and expanded the chain before selling the business.