|MLA for Prince George North|
|Preceded by||John Heinrich|
|Succeeded by||Paul Ramsey|
|MLA for Prince George-Mount Robson|
|Preceded by||Bruce Strachan|
|Succeeded by||Shirley Bond|
|Minister of Government Services of British Columbia|
November 5, 1991 – September 15, 1993
|Preceded by||Caroline Mary Gran|
|Succeeded by||Robin Blencoe|
|Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of British Columbia|
February 28, 1996 – June 17, 1996
|Preceded by||Sue Hammell|
|Succeeded by||Dan Miller|
|Minister of Transportation and Highways of British Columbia|
June 17, 1996 – February 18, 1998
|Preceded by||Corky Evans|
|Succeeded by||Harry Lali|
|Minister of Children and Families of British Columbia|
February 18, 1998 – February 24, 2000
|Preceded by||Penny Priddy|
|Succeeded by||Gretchen Brewin|
|Deputy Premier of British Columbia|
August 25, 1999 – February 24, 2000
|Preceded by||Dan Miller|
|Succeeded by||Joy MacPhail|
April 26, 1947 |
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.
Helmet Law exemption controversy
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.
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".
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
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Prince George—Peace River|
|New Democratic||Lois Boone||9,876||25.62||+8.04||$38,397|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||38,546||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||125||0.32||-0.03|