Gordie Hogg

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Gordie Hogg

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for South Surrey—White Rock
Assumed office
December 11, 2017
Preceded byDianne Watts
Chair of the Federal Liberal Pacific Caucus
Assumed office
March 21, 2018
Preceded byRandeep Sarai
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Surrey-White Rock
In office
September 15, 1997 – May 9, 2017
Preceded byWilf Hurd
Succeeded byTracy Redies
Minister of Children and Family Development
In office
June 5, 2001 – January 26, 2004
PremierGordon Campbell
Succeeded byChristy Clark
8th Mayor of White Rock
In office
Preceded byTom Kirstein
Succeeded byHardy Staub
Personal details
Born (1946-08-24) August 24, 1946 (age 72)
Victoria, British Columbia
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada
Other political
British Columbia Liberal Party
Spouse(s)LaVerne Hogg
ResidenceWhite Rock, British Columbia

Gordon "Gordie" Hogg MP (born August 24, 1946) is a Canadian politician, who currently serves as the Member of Parliament for South Surrey—White Rock in the House of Commons of Canada, as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. He previously served in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as the MLA for Surrey-White Rock from 1997 until 2017, as a member of the British Columbia Liberal Party.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hogg was born to Kathleen and Dr. Allan Hogg , a prominent physician in White Rock, who was instrumental in establishing the first White Rock Hospital in 1954, and is the oldest of four children. Dr. Hogg went on to deliver more than 1,100 children during his time in the community, with a wing of the Peace Arch Hospital named in his honour.[2]

He received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology from the University of British Columbia and his master's degree in psychology from Antioch College. At the age of 70, while working as a Member of Legislative Assembly, he completed an interdisciplinary doctorate that focused on public policy from Simon Fraser University.[3]

Hogg and his wife LaVerne have one son, Blair, as well were foster parents and billet parents for the Surrey Eagles hockey team. During his time at the University of British Columbia, Hogg was a two-sport athlete, playing football and basketball, including winning the National Junior Men’s Basketball Championship in 1967.

Hogg began coaching baseball in the community in his teens. He was asked to go before White Rock City Council to request support for the team to go to Edmonton for the championships. Upon returning home, Hogg said that he thought the whole thing had been pointless, to which his mother replied “Son, I hoped I’d always raised you to be the kind of person that if you didn’t like something, you wouldn’t complain about it, but you’d get involved and try and make a difference.” Hogg has said that this is what lead him to run for politics, first at the municipal level, then provincially, and federally.[4]

Political career[edit]

Municipal Politics[edit]

Hogg served on White Rock city council for 20 years, for 10 of which he was mayor. He has been a board member of more than 15 committees and non-profit societies, including the Peace Arch Community Health Council and Peace Arch Hospital. Hogg was elected in 1974 as City Councilor for the City of White Rock. He was elected Mayor in 1084. During his tenure as mayor, Hogg oversaw the development of the White Rock Promenade along the water front, as well as the repurposing of the old Train Station, into the White Rock Museum and Archives.

He first ran for federal office under the Liberal banner in the riding of Surrey—White Rock—South Langley in 1993, placing second behind Reform candidate Val Meredith.

Provincial Politics[edit]

He was first elected to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in a 1997 by-election, and held the seat for twenty years. When the BC Liberals formed Government, Hogg was appointed Minister of Children and Family Development under Premier Gordon Campbell. Hogg would go on to hold a variety of portfolios for Campbell, including Parliamentary Secretary for Not for Profit-Public Partnerships, Minister of State for Mining, Minister of State for ActNowBC. During their time in Opposition, Hogg, Campbell, and Geoff Plante shared an apartment in Victoria.[5]

Hogg announced in October 2016 that he would not seek re-election in 2017. The BC Liberals chose Tracy Redies, former CEO of Coast Capital Savings, as the next candidate for the riding.[6]

Under Premier Christy Clark, Hogg would serve as Government Caucus Chair, as well as Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sport.

Federal Politics[edit]

Hogg first ran for federal office under the Liberal banner in the riding of Surrey—White Rock—South Langley in 1993, placing second behind Reform candidate Val Meredith.

In 2017, Hogg was selected as the federal Liberal candidate in a by-election in South Surrey—White Rock created by the resignation of incumbent Conservative MP Dianne Watts.[7]

Hogg defeated former Cabinet Minister, and former MP from neighbouring Delta—Richmond East, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, in the by-election, the first time a Liberal had won the riding since the 1940’s, when the riding included all of Surrey, and most of New Westminster.[8]/

On March 21, 2018, Hogg was elected as Chair of the Federal Liberal Pacific Caucus.[9] He sits on the House of Commons Standing Committees on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and Canadian Heritage.

Community work[edit]

Hogg was a youth probation officer, and the Director of the Youth Custody Centre in Burnaby, BC. He has been a board member of more than 15 committees and non-profit societies, including the Peace Arch Community Health Council and Peace Arch Hospital.

In 1996, while working as the Director of the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre, he established Night Hoops, a program for at-risk youth to help reduce recidivism, and other related issues.[10]

Hogg was named an Adjunct Professor in Criminology at Simon Fraser University in 2017.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal by-election, 2017: South Surrey—White Rock
Resignation of Dianne Watts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Gordie Hogg 14,369 47.49 +6.00
Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay 12,752 42.14 -1.89
New Democratic Jonathan Silveira 1,478 4.88 -5.53
Green Larry Colero 1,247 4.12 +0.70
Christian Heritage Rod Taylor 238 0.79
Libertarian Donald Wilson 89 0.29 -0.17
Progressive Canadian Michael Huenefeld 86 0.28 +0.09
Total valid votes/Expense limit 30,259 100.00
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 30,259 38.13 -36.60
Eligible voters 79,359
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +1.40

British Columbia general election, 2013: Surrey-White Rock
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Gordon Hogg 15092 58.09
New Democratic Susan Keeping 7180 27.63
Green Don Pitcairn 2304 8.87
Conservative Elizabeth Morales Pagtakhan 1301 5.01
British Columbia Party Jim Laurence 105 0.40
Total valid votes 25982 100.00
Total rejected ballots 74 0.28
Turnout 26056 64.73
Source: Elections BC[11]
British Columbia general election, 2009: Surrey-White Rock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Gordon Hogg 15,121 62.05 +4.19
New Democratic Drina Allen 6,668 27.36 +0.96
Green Don Pitcairn 2,118 8.69 −2.03
Reform David Charles Hawkins 464 1.90
Total 24,371 100.00
Source:"2009 Official Election Results for Surrey-White Rock". Elections BC. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009.[dead link]
British Columbia general election, 2005: Surrey-White Rock
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Gordon Hogg 16,462 57.86 −10.84
New Democratic Moh Chelali 7,511 26.40 +13.24
Green Ashley Brie Hughes 3,051 10.72 −2.44
Conservative David James Evans 1,340 4.71
Democratic Reform Ronald Edward Dunsford 87 0.31
Total 28,451 100.00
B.C. General Election 2001: Surrey-White Rock
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Liberal Gordon J. Hogg 18,678 68.70 +10.66 $46,685
Green Ruth Christine 3,577 13.16 +10.98 $2,700
  NDP Matt Todd 3,415 12.56 -13.87 $5,509
Unity Garry Sahl 983 3.62 -
Marijuana David Bourgeois 536 1.96 - $394
Total valid votes 27,189 100.00
Total rejected ballots 91 0.33
Turnout 27,280 77.64
Canadian federal election, 1993: Surrey—White Rock—South Langley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Reform Val Meredith 31,916 43.92 +37.61
Liberal Gordon Hogg 24,648 33.91 +10.42
Progressive Conservative Norm Blain 8,859 12.19 −31.29
New Democratic Mota Jheeta 3,046 4.20 −20.13
National Carolyn Goertzen 2,387 3.28
Christian Heritage Heather Stilwell 871 1.20 −0.20
Green Steve Chitty 464 0.64 +0.21
Natural Law Derek Nadeau 252 0.35
Canada Party Farlie Paynter 68 0.09
Marxist–Leninist Charles Boylan 67 0.09
Independent Rhonda Thiessen 61 0.08
Commonwealth of Canada Giancarlo Dalla Valle 37 0.05
Total valid votes 72,676 100.00  
Reform gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +13.60


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