Gary Collins (Canadian politician)

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Gary Collins
Minister of Finance of British Columbia
In office
June 5, 2001 – December 14, 2004
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Paul Ramsey
Succeeded by Colin Hansen
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Vancouver-Fairview
Vancouver-Little Mountain (1996-2001)
In office
May 28, 1996 – December 14, 2004
Preceded by Tom Perry
Succeeded by Gregor Robertson
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Fort Langley-Aldergrove
In office
October 17, 1991 – May 28, 1996
Preceded by Riding Established
Succeeded by Rich Coleman
Personal details
Born (1963-08-23) August 23, 1963 (age 53)
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Political party BC Liberal

Gary Collins, formerly referred to as Gary Farrell-Collins prior to 2001, (born August 22, 1963) is a former Canadian politician, who served as a BC Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1991 to 2004, representing the riding of Vancouver-Fairview. He resigned in December 2004 to become CEO of the now defunct Harmony Airways.[1]

In opposition, Collins served as Official Opposition House Leader and held a variety of critic roles. When the Liberals formed government in 2001, he served in Gordon Campbell's cabinet as Minister of Finance and Government House Leader.

Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly, Collins was a flight instructor at the University College of the Fraser Valley. He studied economics and political science at Simon Fraser University. He was first elected under the name Gary Farrell-Collins, but dropped his former wife's last name after his divorce.[2]

Electoral Record[edit]

British Columbia general election, 1991: Fort Langley-Aldergrove
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Gary Farrell-Collins 8,663 43.57 $8,849
New Democratic Charles Bradford 6,027 30.31 $24,268
Social Credit Dan Peterson 4,880 24.54 $40,933
Independent Lila Stanford 227 1.14 $1,203
Western Canada Concept William White 87 0.44
Total valid votes 19,884 100.00
Total rejected ballots 243 1.21
Turnout 20,127 77.44
British Columbia general election, 1996: Vancouver-Little Mountain
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Gary Farrell-Collins 12,036 50.25
New Democratic Margaret Birrell 9,390 39.20
Progressive Democrat Ted Phillip Bradley 1,062 4.43
Green Stuart Parker 714 2.98
Reform David J. Waine 489 2.04
Independent Dan Grant 96 0.40
Social Credit Gerold Kuklinski 85 0.35
Natural Law Estelle Brooke 82 0.34
Total valid votes 23,954 100.00
Total rejected ballots 184
Turnout 67.80
British Columbia general election, 2001: Vancouver-Fairview
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Gary Farrell-Collins 12,864 54.94 $35,510
Green Vanessa Violini 5,051 21.57 $3,659
New Democratic Anita Romaniuk 4,772 20.38 $9,902
Marijuana Ron MacIntyre 651 2.78 $735
People's Front Brian Sproule 76 0.33 $57
Total valid votes 23,414 100.00
Total rejected ballots 142 0.61
Turnout 23,556 64.20

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