|MLA for Chilliwack-Sumas|
|Preceded by||first member|
|Succeeded by||riding dissolved|
|MLA for Chilliwack|
|Preceded by||first member|
|Succeeded by||John Martin|
|Minister of Small Business and Economic Development of British Columbia|
January 26, 2004 – June 16, 2005
|Succeeded by||Colin Hansen (Economic Development)
Rick Thorpe (Small Business)
|Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia|
June 16, 2005 – April 1, 2008
|Preceded by||Rich Coleman|
|Succeeded by||John van Dongen|
|Mayor of Chilliwack, British Columbia|
|Succeeded by||Clint Hames|
|Born||1951/1952 (age 63–64)|
John Les (born 1951 or 1952) is a Canadian politician and former member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for British Columbia. He has served as Parliamentary Secretary for Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) information, Minister of Small Business and Economic Development and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor-General for the Provincial Government.
Les was a member of the Treasury Board and the Priorities and Planning Committee. He has chaired the Government Caucus, the Legislative Special Committee on the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform and the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs. He was a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations, the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations and the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills.
Les served as mayor of Chilliwack from 1987 to 1999. Before entering politics, he was a partner in a Chilliwack dairy, a real estate agent and the owner of a land development company. He was elected in the 2001 B.C. election representing the British Columbia Liberal Party in the Chilliwack-Sumas riding. He won re-election in the 2005 B.C. election. He was re-elected in the newly created Chilliwack riding in the 2009 election.
On March 28, 2008, John Les resigned from his position as Solicitor General pending the outcome of an investigation over allegations of misconduct during his tenure as Mayor of Chilliwack. A special prosecutor was appointed to look into a land deal that he was alleged to have benefited from.
In June 2010, the investigation was concluded with the special prosecutor stating that while Les was given preferential treatment in the rezoning of one subdivision, there was not enough evidence to suggest that he used his public office directly to advance his personal interest.
On August 30, 2012, Les announced that he would not seek re-election as MLA for Chilliwack.
Election results (partial)
|British Columbia general election, 2005: Chilliwack-Sumas|
|New Democratic||John-Henry Harter||6,477||30.97%|
|Democratic Reform||Brian Downey||315||1.51%|
|Youth Coalition||Augustine Lee||266||1.27%|
|Moderates||Adam James Solheim||127||0.61%|
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- "MLA: John Les". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
- "Ex-BC solicitor general cleared in land deal probe". CBC News. June 25, 2010.
- "Chilliwack MLA John Les won't run for re-election". Chilliwack Progress. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
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