Bill Hartley (politician)

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Bill Hartley
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Yale-Lillooet
Yale (1963-1966)
In office
September 30, 1963 – December 11, 1975
Preceded by Irvine Corbett
Succeeded by Thomas Waterland
Personal details
Born (1916-12-12)December 12, 1916
Estevan, Saskatchewan
Died May 4, 2003(2003-05-04) (aged 86)
Political party New Democrat
Profession Insurance agent

William Leonard Hartley (December 12, 1916[1] – May 4, 2003[2]) was an electrician, insurance salesman and political figure in British Columbia. He represented Yale from 1963 to 1966 and Yale-Lillooet from 1966 to 1975 as a New Democrat.

He was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, the son of Leonard Hartley and Sarah Ann Lee, both natives of England,[1] and grew up in Clayburn, British Columbia. Hartley settled in Mission, B.C. He was president of the North Fraser Co-operative Association and served on the board of C.U. & C. Health Services.[3] Hartley ran unsuccessfully a number of times as a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation candidate for a seat in federal elections, before he was elected provincially for the New Democratic Party in 1963. He was subsequently re-elected three times. He served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Public Works, in the New Democratic Party government from 1972-75[4] Hartley was defeated when he ran for re-election in 1975.[5] He retired from the insurance business in 1986.[2]

Hartley help found Co-op Fire and Casualty, later The Co-operators.[2]

In 1955, he married Marianne Martha Mueller a nurse from Lumsden, Saskatchewan.[1] He had three children, Gretchen, Eric and Lisa.


  1. ^ a b c Normandin, P G (1965). Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1965. 
  2. ^ a b c "All About Hartley Insurance". Bill Hartley Insurance. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  3. ^ Webster, Daisy (1970). Growth of the N.D.P. in B.C., 1900-1970: 81 political biographies. 
  4. ^ "5th Session, 30th Parliament". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Archived from the original on 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Electoral History of British Columbia, 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2011-07-27.