John Les

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John Les
MLA for Chilliwack-Sumas
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by riding dissolved
MLA for Chilliwack
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by John Martin
Minister of Small Business and Economic Development of British Columbia
In office
January 26, 2004 – June 16, 2005
Premier Gordon Campbell
Succeeded by Colin Hansen (Economic Development)
Rick Thorpe (Small Business)
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia
In office
June 16, 2005 – April 1, 2008
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Rich Coleman
Succeeded by John van Dongen
Mayor of Chilliwack, British Columbia
In office
Succeeded by Clint Hames
Personal details
Born 1951/1952 (age 63–64)[1]
Political party Liberal

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.[2]

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.[3]

On August 30, 2012, Les announced that he would not seek re-election as MLA for Chilliwack.[4]

Election results (partial)[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2005: Chilliwack-Sumas
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal John Les 11,995 57.36%
New Democratic John-Henry Harter 6,477 30.97%
Green Norm Siefken 1,731 8.28%
Democratic Reform Brian Downey 315 1.51%
Youth Coalition Augustine Lee 266 1.27%
Moderates Adam James Solheim 127 0.61%
Total 20,911 100.00%


  1. ^ Sunday shopping Chilliwack's issue: [5* Edition] Barrett, TomView Profile. The Vancouver Sun [Vancouver, B.C] 13 Feb 1987: B7.
  2. ^ "MLA: John Les". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Ex-BC solicitor general cleared in land deal probe". CBC News. June 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chilliwack MLA John Les won't run for re-election". Chilliwack Progress. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 

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