Mike de Jong

Michael de Jong was re-elected in 2017 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 by-election. 

The  six-term MLA has served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Health,  Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation,  Minister of Labour and Citizens' Services, and Minister of Forests. In  addition, he also served as Government House Leader.

He has  chaired the Treasury Board and the Legislative Review Committee, and was  a member of the Cabinet Working Group on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG),  the Priorities and Planning Committee, and the Cabinet Working Group on  Core Review.

Before his election as a Member of the Legislative  Assembly in 1994, de Jong served two terms as an elected school trustee  for Abbotsford School District 34, and was a practising 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.