Mike Farnworth

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Mike Farnworth
MLA
Minister of Social Development and Economic Security of British Columbia
In office
November 1, 2000 – June 5, 2001
Premier Ujjal Dosanjh
Preceded by Jan Pullinger
Succeeded by position abolished
Minister of Health & Minister Responsible for Seniors of British Columbia
In office
February 29, 2000 – November 1, 2000
Premier Ujjal Dosanjh
Preceded by Penny Priddy
Succeeded by Corky Evans
Minister of Employment and Investment & Minister Responsible for Housing of British Columbia
In office
February 18, 1998 – February 24, 2000
Premier Glen Clark
Dan Miller
Preceded by Dan Miller
Succeeded by Gordon Wilson
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of British Columbia
In office
January 6, 1997 – February 18, 1998
Premier Glen Clark
Preceded by Dan Miller
Succeeded by Jenny Kwan
MLA for Port Coquitlam
Incumbent
Assumed office
2005
Preceded by Karn Manhas
MLA for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
In office
1991–2001
Succeeded by Karn Manhas
Personal details
Political party NDP
Residence Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

Mike Farnworth is a New Democratic Party politician from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. He is the current MLA for the riding of Port Coquitlam.[1]

Farnworth was originally elected in 1991, after serving three terms on Port Coquitlam's city council.[1] He was re-elected in 1996, but lost in the party's province-wide wipeout of 2001. Between 1997 and 2001, He served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (1997–98), Minister of Employment and Investment and Minister Responsible for Housing (1998–2000), Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Seniors (2000), and Minister Social Development and Economic Security (2000–01).

In 2005 B.C. general election, Farnworth was the NDP candidate in the riding of Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. He won the riding with 11,844 votes (48.14% of valid votes). In 2009, Farnworth was re-elected to his fourth term with 54.64% of valid votes. Farnworth won again in the 2013 B.C. general election.

Farnworth is currently the MLA for Port Coquitlam and the NDP Critic for Finance. He previously served as Health Critic, Economic Development Critic, Critic for Public Safety and Solicitor General Official and Opposition House Leader. Prior to entering elected office, Farnworth worked at CP Rail and Mt. Isa Mining.

In 2011, Farnworth ran in the NDP leadership election to replace retiring leader Carole James. He was narrowly defeated by Adrian Dix.[2]

Farnworth has publicly acknowledged that he is gay. He has had a relationship with his partner, Doug, for over 20 years.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MLA: Mike Farnworth". Member Biography. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  2. ^ Farnworth jumps into the ring. CKNW, January 13, 2011.
  3. ^ NDP Leadership hopeful comes out of the closet as he announces his candidacy. CTV News, January 13, 2011.