|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Peace River South
May 16, 2001 – May 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Jack Weisgerber|
|Succeeded by||Mike Bernier|
|Minister of Community Development
of British Columbia
June 23, 2008 – January 19, 2009
|Preceded by||Ida Chong|
|Succeeded by||Kevin Krueger|
|Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
of British Columbia
January 19, 2009 – June 11, 2010
|Preceded by||Richard Neufeld|
|Succeeded by||Bill Bennett|
|Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure of British Columbia|
March 14, 2011 – September 5, 2012
|Preceded by||Shirley Bond|
|Succeeded by||Mary Polak|
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
|Political party||Liberal (2001-2010, 2011-present)|
Blair Lekstrom (born 1961) is a Canadian politician, formerly a member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. He represented the riding of Peace River South having been first elected in the 2001 election. Reelected in 2005 and 2009, he did not run in the 2013 provincial election. He is now an advisor and spokesperson for HD Mining International, Ltd.
Early life and education
He was born in 1961 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and moved to Dawson Creek, British Columbia later that year. He graduated from the South Peace Secondary School, and worked with BC Tel starting in 1979 as an installer-repairman until his election in 2001.
Prior to provincial politics, he served as mayor of Dawson Creek for two terms, and was a city councillor for three years prior. Lekstrom was the president of the North Central Municipal Association for the 1999-2000 term.
He formerly served as the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Products in the government of Gordon Campbell, before resigning from the BC Liberal caucus over the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on June 11, 2010, a policy that Lekstrom had previously endorsed. Following the election of Christy Clark as the party's new leader in the 2011 leadership election, Lekstrom rejoined the Liberals on March 3, 2011. Lekstrom announced in September 2012 that he would not run for office in the 2013 provincial election.
In September 2013, he was hired by HD Mining International, Ltd.
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