Blair Lekstrom

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The Honourable
Blair Lekstrom
MLA
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MLA for Peace River South
In office
May 16, 2001 – 2013
Preceded by Jack Weisgerber
Succeeded by Mike Bernier
Minister of Community Development
of British Columbia
In office
June 23, 2008 – January 19, 2009
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Ida Chong
Succeeded by Kevin Krueger
Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
of British Columbia
In office
January 19, 2009 – June 11, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Richard Neufeld
Succeeded by Bill Bennett
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure of British Columbia
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 14, 2011
Premier Christy Clark
Preceded by Shirley Bond
Personal details
Born 1961
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Political party Liberal (2001-2010, 2011-present)
Other political
affiliations
Independent (2010-2011)

Blair Lekstrom (born 1961) is a Canadian politician, currently a member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. He has represented the riding of Peace River South since the 2001 election.[1] Lekstrom decided not to run for office in the 2013 election.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in 1961 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and moved to Dawson Creek, British Columbia later that year. He graduated from the South Peace Secondary School, and worked with BC Tel starting in 1979 as an installer-repairman until his election in 1996.

Political career[edit]

Prior to provincial politics, he served as mayor of Dawson Creek for two terms,[2] and was a city councillor for three years prior.[1] Lekstrom was the president of the North Central Municipal Association for the 1999-2000 term.

He formerly served as the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Products in the government of Gordon Campbell, before resigning from the BC Liberal caucus over the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on June 11, 2010, a policy that Lekstrom had previously endorsed.[3] Following the election of Christy Clark as the party's new leader in the 2011 leadership election, Lekstrom rejoined the Liberals on March 3, 2011.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MLA: Blair Lekstrom". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  2. ^ Meissner, Dirk (2009-06-30). "B.C. looks to carbon capture to balance clean-air targets with energy revenues". Coast Reporter. Canadian Press. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  3. ^ "B.C. Liberal resigns over HST". The Globe and Mail, June 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Lekstrom back, Bennett cools heels". The Province, March 3, 2011.