Blair Lekstrom

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Blair Lekstrom
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Peace River South
In office
May 16, 2001 – May 14, 2013
Preceded by Jack Weisgerber
Succeeded by Mike Bernier
Minister of Community Development
of British Columbia
In office
June 23, 2008 – January 19, 2009
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Ida Chong
Succeeded by Kevin Krueger
Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
of British Columbia
In office
January 19, 2009 – June 11, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Richard Neufeld
Succeeded by Bill Bennett
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure of British Columbia
In office
March 14, 2011 – September 5, 2012
Premier Christy Clark
Preceded by Shirley Bond
Succeeded by Mary Polak
Personal details
Born 1961
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Political party Liberal (2001-2010, 2011-present)
Other political
Independent (2010-2011)

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.[1] Reelected in 2005 and 2009, he did not run in the 2013 provincial election.[2] He is now an advisor and spokesperson for HD Mining International, Ltd.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

Prior to provincial politics, he served as mayor of Dawson Creek for two terms,[4] and was a city councillor for three years prior.[1] 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.[5] 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.[6] Lekstrom announced in September 2012 that he would not run for office in the 2013 provincial election.[7]

In September 2013, he was hired by HD Mining International, Ltd.[8]