Lois Boone

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Lois Boone
MLA for Prince George North
In office
1986–1991
Preceded by John Heinrich
Succeeded by Paul Ramsey
MLA for Prince George-Mount Robson
In office
1991–2001
Preceded by Bruce Strachan
Succeeded by Shirley Bond
Minister of Government Services of British Columbia
In office
November 5, 1991 – September 15, 1993
Premier Michael Harcourt
Preceded by Caroline Mary Gran
Succeeded by Robin Blencoe
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of British Columbia
In office
February 28, 1996 – June 17, 1996
Premier Glen Clark
Preceded by Sue Hammell
Succeeded by Dan Miller
Minister of Transportation and Highways of British Columbia
In office
June 17, 1996 – February 18, 1998
Premier Glen Clark
Preceded by Corky Evans
Succeeded by Harry Lali
Minister of Children and Families of British Columbia
In office
February 18, 1998 – February 24, 2000
Premier Glen Clark
Preceded by Penny Priddy
Succeeded by Gretchen Brewin
Deputy Premier of British Columbia
In office
August 25, 1999 – February 24, 2000
Premier Dan Miller
Preceded by Dan Miller
Succeeded by Joy MacPhail
Personal details
Born (1947-04-26) April 26, 1947 (age 67)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political party New Democrat
Residence Prince George, British Columbia

Lois Ruth Boone (born April 26, 1947) is a Canadian politician. She served as MLA for Prince George North from 1986 to 1991, and Prince George-Mount Robson from 1991 to 2001, in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. She is a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party.[1]

Career[edit]

Helmet Law exemption controversy[edit]

Boone held a number of brief positions in the Executive Council of British Columbia, including Minister of Government Services, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Transportation and Highways. In her role at the Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Boone used her ministry powers to change the landscape of BC's Helmet Law by issuing 5 exemptions not requiring approved protective headgear for potential life threatening incidents. The most contentious of these exemptions was to grant a motor-bike helmet exemption to "anybody wearing religious head-wear that makes compliance impossible".

At the time, Boone's support of the legislation was criticized as pandering to the large Sikh population in BC, and "bending to religious freedom". Boone was quoted as saying "I believe these exemptions are fair and progressive". Whilst some believe that it appeared at the time as though Boone was politically pressured, others believe that another agenda may have been at play.[clarification needed] It was well known at the time that helmets save lives, although Boone was decisive in making an allowance for the Sikh community to forgo this life saving protection in the name sake of religion.

Boone's final roles in government included the Minister for Children and Families and Deputy Premier.

School trustee[edit]

After stepping down from provincial politics, Boone was re-elected as a school trustee for School District #57. In October 2010, she announced she would seek the NDP nomination in the by-election in the federal riding of Prince George-Peace River.

At the November 23, 2010 School District #57 public board meeting, she announced she would not be seeking renewal of her position as vice-chair of the board nor would she be seeking re-election as a trustee. She stated that her decision predated her decision to enter federal politics and was due to the unease she felt over being a part of so many school closure decisions and an unwillingness to continue to "do the government's dirty work".[2]

Federal politics[edit]

On May 2, 2011, she was defeated by Conservative Party member, Bob Zimmer, in the federal Canadian election by 62% to 25%.

Partial electoral results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011: Prince George—Peace River
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Bob Zimmer 23,946 62.12 -1.47 $81,669
New Democratic Lois Boone 9,876 25.62 +8.04 $38,397
Green Hilary Crowley 2,301 5.97 -4.44 $11,625
Liberal Ben Levine 2,008 5.21 -3.20 $9,197
Pirate Jeremy Cote 415 1.08
Total valid votes/Expense limit 38,546 100.00
Total rejected ballots 125 0.32 -0.03
Turnout 38,671 54.08 +5
Eligible voters 71,507

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