MEET MICHAEL,
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MEET MICHAEL DE JONG

QC – MLA Abbotsford West

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 seven-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 Labour, 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 the youngest 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.

De Jong 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.


DE JONG DELIVERS…

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 seven-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 Labour, 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 the youngest 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.

De Jong 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.


… government that’s affordable for hardworking British Columbians
• Between 2005-08, government spending grew at about 6% per year. In Mike’s budgets: spending grew at an annual average of 3%. Yet within that modest growth, government was still investing growing and record amounts in K-12 education, health care, post-secondary schools, and the infrastructure we need to deliver services to our communities.

… balanced budgets
• Delivered five consecutive balanced budgets (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
• Maintained BC’s triple-A credit rating through the global recession – B.C. is rated triple-A by the three international credit rating agencies—Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s, and Fisk.

… good fiscal management
• Ensured BC’s balanced budgets paid down government’s direct operating debt, reducing it from more than $10.2 billion in 2013-14 (after the world-wide financial collapse) to a projected elimination in 2019-20.
• Reduced the taxpayer-supported debt to GDP ratio from 18.2% in 2013-14 to 15.8% in 2017. Within two months, the new government’s debt-to-GDP ratio jumped back up to 16.4%.

… childcare funding for hardworking parents
• Established the B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit, which provides 80,000 B.C. families up to $660 a year for each child under the age of six, to build on other federal and provincial programs that help with the cost of child care.

… a respected national voice that stands up for BC
• Negotiated a balanced approach to Canada Pension Plan changes to sustain future retirement income of Canadian workers, while remaining affordable for businesses.

… an economy that attracts innovative new industries, creating jobs and opportunity
• Established a new tax structure for the LNG industry to ensure that the people of British Columbia would benefit from these large private sector investments by establishing a stable, competitive regime to attract the new industry.
• Supported the B.C. aerospace industry to develop a more unified aerospace industry cluster in B.C., helping attract investment and integrated contract sourcing from aerospace global firms, and supporting innovative, skilled jobs.

… a respectful relationship with indigenous British Columbians
• Concluded the first modern treaty under the B.C. treaty process with the Tsawwassen First Nation.
• In 2013 as health minister, established B.C.’s First Nations Health Authority — the first provincewide health authority of its kind in Canada. The First Nations health governing structure works in partnership with B.C. First Nations to improve the health and well-being of First Nations and Aboriginal people in British Columbia.

… transparency and accountability
• Overhauled the province’s freedom of information system to improve transparency and disclosure, and accelerate timely responses. Government now routinely releases ministers’ calendars and travel receipts, contract summaries, direct award contracts, and more.
• Drove changes to improve transparency of MLA spending – MLA offices now disclose office expenses so taxpayers can see what they spend.

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