Harold Long (politician)

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Harold Long (April 10, 1941[1] - May 21, 2013) was a politician in British Columbia (BC), Canada.[2]

Long was born in Powell River, the son of George Hibbert Long and Augusta Denise Simard,[1] and from 1958 he worked in the family transportation business (City Transfer) and in 1979 purchased and expanded it.[2] In 1961, he married Beverley Ann Doxsee.[1]

He served as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Mackenzie from 1986 to 1991 as a Social Credit MLA.[2][3] He served as Deputy Whip for the Government Caucus and worked as a BC Ferries director until 1991.[2] He was defeated in the 1991 election in the renamed riding of Powell River-Sunshine Coast by Gordon Wilson, then leader of the BC Liberals.[3] Following his defeat, he returned to his family business and was elected in 1992 in a by-election to the Powell River municipal council.[2] He was elected for Powell River-Sunshine Coast in the provincial 2001 election as a BC Liberal candidate.[2] Long did not run for reelection in 2005.[4]

He held positions as Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole and was member of the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources.[2]

He was awarded the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.[5]

Death[edit]

Long, aged 72, was the pilot and sole occupant of a DHC-2 Beaver float plane that was seen overturned in Bute Inlet, near Stuart Island,[6] north of the city of Campbell River, on May 21, 2013. The Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police recovered his body from the scene. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Flanagan, Kathryn M; Miller, Katherine J (Spring 1991). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Harold Long; Members at dissolution of 37th Parliament". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b McMartin, Will (16 April 2005). "Vancouver Island North-Coast: Leaning Left Again". thetyee.ca. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Powell River-Sunshine Coast". British Columbia Votes 2005. CBC. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  5. ^ "Harold Long". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "One dead as floatplane overturns in Bute Inlet". CBC News. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Former B.C. MLA Harold Long killed in plane crash". CBC News. Retrieved 22 May 2013.