Moe Sihota

One of Canada’s best-known political personalities, Moe Sihota is a former cabinet minister and MLA, and now a high-profile media pundit and prominent business man.

Born in Duncan, B.C., Moe earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia and later obtained a scholarship to the Warwick School of Economics in London, U.K. He subsequently graduated with a law degree from the University of Victoria, began practicing law in the Victoria area, and won election to Esquimalt City Council.

Moe won a seat in B.C.’s Legislative Assembly in 1986, representing the riding of Esquimalt-Port Renfrew. He was re-elected as MLA in 1991, this time in the renamed Esquimalt-Metchosin constituency, and promptly entered the cabinet as the Minister of Labour and Consumer Services, with responsibility for Constitutional Affairs. Moe was the first Canadian of South Asian ancestry anywhere in the country to be elected as a MLA and to serve in an Executive Council.

He won re-election to the House again in 1996, and retired from elective politics in 2001. Along the way he held a number of cabinet posts including Environment, Lands and Parks (1993-96), Education, Skills and Training, and Labour (1996), and Social Development and Economic Security (1998-2000).

In his post-elective career Moe has been a high-profile media commentator, including lengthy stints as a television host at CTV2 in Victoria (previously known as the A-Channel and The New VI), and a political panelist with CBC Radio’s Early Edition show.

He’s also enjoyed a successful and flourishing business career, and is a corporate director with companies as diverse as the Northern Bear Golf Club in Edmonton, the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Victoria, and Walton’s Lakefront Resort in Osoyoos.

Never far from politics, Moe was elected as President of the B.C. New Democratic Party in 2009, and then re-elected in 2011.

Married and the father of two adult daughters, Moe and his wife live in Victoria.