Wednesday, January 30, 2013

MLA: Hon. Michael de Jong, Q.C. - Abbotsford West - Minister of Finance

Father, thank You for the years of service that MLA: Honorable Michael de Jong has given to the people of our province.  We thank You that he has given of himself completely and in that we ask that You would BLESS him. We ask, Lord, as he moves into this next season that You would lead him and guide him supernaturally and that along the way he would have the confidence that the decisions that he is making are the ones that You have laid on his heart and given him the responsiblity to accomplish. Amen.

Michael de Jong was named Minister of Finance on September 5, 2012.

He will also serve as the Government House Leader.

The five-term MLA previously served as Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, and Minister of Forests.

He was re-elected in 2009 as the MLA for Abbotsford West, an area he has represented since first being elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in a 1994 byelection.

Before his election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 1994, Mike 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.

Michael has also been involved with the Abbotsford-Matsqui Arts Council, the Matsqui Youth Commission, and holds the rank of Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Air Force Reserve.

Still an avid hockey player, in his teen years Michael was a member of the Abbotsford Pilots Junior B hockey team. He attended Mouat Secondary School and still lives on the Matsqui Prairie farm where he grew up.

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