Steven Lewis Point
|28th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia|
October 1, 2007 – November 2, 2012
|Governor General||Michaëlle Jean
|Preceded by||Iona Campagnolo|
|Succeeded by||Judith Guichon|
July 28, 1951 |
Chilliwack, British Columbia
Steven Lewis Point, OBC (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl) (born July 28, 1951) is a former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia whose term of office ended on November 1, 2012. He is currently serving as the chair of the advisory committee on the safety and security of vulnerable women, a committee that provides community-based guidance to the implementation of the recommendations from the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.
Steven Point attended the University of British Columbia, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in May, 1985. From 1986 to 1989 he practiced criminal law and native law as a partner in the law firm of Point and Shirley. He worked for Citizenship and Immigration Canada as an immigration adjudicator for several years, starting in about 1989, at its refugee backlog office in Vancouver. In 1999, he became a British Columbia Provincial Court judge. On February 28, 2005, he became Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission.
His appointment as Lieutenant-Governor was announced on September 4, 2007 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He assumed his duties in a ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia on October 1, 2007. As The Queen's vice-regal representative in British Columbia, he is styled His Honour while in office and The Honourable for life.
A fire broke out at his private residence in Chilliwack on February 1, 2009. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's investigation believes the fire was deliberately set but it's not clear on the motive. A 13-year-old suspect and band member of the same first nation was arrested on February 5, 2009.
On February 24, 2009, Point was appointed an honorary naval captain by the commander of Maritime Forces Pacific.
On December 17, 2012, Point was appointed Chair of an Advisory Committee under a one-year contract that allowed him to bill up to $220,000 in that year. The position required him to assist the Minister of Justice to implement the recommendations dealing primarily with police reform and public safety made by Wally Oppal in his Inquiry Report released December 12, 2012. On May 17, 2013, Point resigned from his position as Chair on the pretext that lawsuits commenced by the children of missing women prevented him from fulfilling his mandate. Members of the Advisory Committee and family members expressed doubt about this reason on the basis that Point had expressed his intention to resign before the children's lawsuits were filed, and on the basis that there is no logical or practical connection between his work as Chair of the Advisory Committee and the lawsuits.
- Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
- Order of British Columbia, 2007
- Knight of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, 2008 
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
- "Office of the Lieutenant Governor - Biography". Office of the Lieutenant Governor. 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- Government takes immediate action on missing women report
- Arson blamed as B.C. lieutenant-governor's private home gutted
- Police arrest 13-year-old for fire at Lieutenant-Governor's home
- Canada Gazette
- Steven Point appointed B.C.’s new lieutenant-governor
- Premier's Statement On New Lieutenant-Governor
- Prime Minister announces appointment of Steven Point as Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
- British Columbia Treaty Commission - Commissioner Biographies
|Order of precedence|
Robert J. Bauman, Chief Justice of British Columbia
|Order of precedence in British Columbia
as of 2013[update]
Iona Campagnolo, Former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia