George Abbott (politician)
|MLA for Shuswap|
May 28, 1996 – May 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Shannon O'Neill|
|Succeeded by||Greg Kyllo|
|Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services of British Columbia|
June 5, 2001 – January 26, 2004
|Preceded by||Jenny Kwan (Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers), David Zirnhelt (Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation)|
|Succeeded by||Murray Coell|
|Minister of Sustainable Resource Management of British Columbia|
January 26, 2004 – June 16, 2005
|Preceded by||Stan Hagen|
|Minister of Health of British Columbia|
June 16, 2005 – June 10, 2009
|Preceded by||Shirley Bond|
|Succeeded by||Kevin Falcon|
|Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation of British Columbia|
June 10, 2008 – October 25, 2010
|Preceded by||Michael de Jong|
|Succeeded by||Barry Penner|
|Minister of Education of British Columbia|
October 25, 2010 – November 25, 2010
|Preceded by||Margaret MacDiarmid|
|Succeeded by||Margaret MacDiarmid|
|Minister of Education|
March 14, 2011 – September 5, 2012
|Preceded by||Margaret MacDiarmid|
|Succeeded by||Don McRae|
|Political party||BC Liberal|
George Abbott (born 1952) is a former politician and cabinet minister for the Canadian province of British Columbia. Abbott was a BC Liberal Party Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia representing the riding of Shuswap beginning in 1996.
George Abbott served as Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and government deputy house leader from June 10, 2009 until October 25, 2010. He also served as Minister of Health from June 16, 2005 until 2009, Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services and Minister of Sustainable Resource Management. Abbott was appointed Minister of Education on October 25, 2010 until his resignation on November 25, 2010. Abbott was appointed Minister of Education on March 14, 2011 by the new Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark.
While serving in the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's services Abbott worked with UBCM to pass the Community Charter. He was later awarded a lifetime membership in UBCM for his work on the file. During his term in the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, Abbott worked with industry, environmental, and First Nations groups to complete the Great Bear Rainforest agreement which included a move to ecosystem based management. As a result of his work on this file, Abbott was the only BC Liberal Candidate endorsed by the Conservation Voters of BC in 2005.
As Minister of Health, Abbott partnered with the BC Medical Association to introduce Electronic Health Records to BC. Abbott enshrined the five principles of the Canada Health Act, plus a sixth – the principle of sustainability – in provincial law. Abbott also pushed for innovation in the health system and introduced the $100-million Health Innovation Fund, which funded pilot projects to reduce wait times in emergency rooms and for elective surgeries. As Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Abbott worked with First Nations leaders to designate the Salish Sea  and Haida Gwaii and signed a final agreement with the Yale First Nation.
Campaign for Liberal leadership
On November 25, 2010, George Abbott announced he was running for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party to replace Gordon Campbell when he steps down. During the campaign he stated he "would as premier move the referendum on the controversial tax to no later than June 24, 2011 rather than the September 24 date currently in place" and increase the minimum wage. He called for a review or the $6 million payment made for expenses incurred by convicted Liberal aides Robert Virk and David Basi in association with the BC Rail trial, however, he refused to call for a full public inquiry in the alleged scandal involving allegations of bribes to Liberal party insiders. He placed third in the leadership election, which was won by Christy Clark.
In 2015, Premier Clark and her cabinet vetoed the appointment of Abbott to be Chief Treaty Commissioner of BC Treaty Commission due to her government aiming to reform the treaty process. Abbott had been working on transition with the departing commission chief and his removal was criticized by First Nations. Abbott subsequently removed his membership for the Liberal party that he served as an MLA for 17 years and campaigned to be their leader.
Election results (partial)
|British Columbia general election, 2005: Shuswap|
|New Democratic||Calvin Ross White||8,281||35.27%||$60,432|
|Patriot||Andrew Nicholas Hokhold||42||0.18%||$100|
|Total Valid Votes||23,477||100.00%|
|Total Rejected Ballots||93||0.40%|
- British Columbia Liberal Party leadership election, 2011
- Shuswap (provincial electoral district)
- British Columbia Liberal Party
- BC Legislature Raids
- Harmonized Sales Tax
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- McMartin, W.: BC's Most Likely Next Premier? George Abbott, The Tyee, February 11, 2011. URL last accessed 2012-10-29.
- Government Press Release
- Government News Release
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- Kines, Lindsay (2015-03-26). "Premier: George Abbott out because B.C. treaty process needs reform". Victoria Times-Colonist. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- Macleod, Andrew (2015-06-30). "George Abbott Quits Liberals He Sought to Lead". The Tyee. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- "George Abbott's Biography". georgeabbottmla.bc.ca. Retrieved 2010-12-11.