Laurie Throness

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Laurie Throness
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Chilliwack-Kent
Chilliwack-Hope (2013-2017)
Assumed office
May 14, 2013
Preceded by Gwen O'Mahony
Personal details
Born 1959/1960 (age 58–59)[1]
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Political party BC Liberal
Residence Chilliwack, BC
Profession Historian

Laurie Throness (born 1958) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2013 provincial election.[2] He represents the electoral district of Chilliwack-Kent as a member of the British Columbia Liberal Party. Before becoming a politician, Throness earned a place at the prestigious University of Cambridge where he studied for a Ph.D in History. After Cambridge, he went on to publish a book in 2008 on the theological origins of the Penitentiary Act of 1779.

Throness was previously the party's candidate in the electoral district of Chilliwack-Hope in a by-election in 2012, following the resignation of Barry Penner, but was defeated by Gwen O'Mahony of the New Democrats. He defeated O'Mahony in the 2013 general election, capturing 49.15% of votes cast compared to her 36.01% share of the vote. The BC Conservative candidate received 10.77% of the votes, and the Green Party candidate received 4.07%.[3]

Electoral record[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2017: Chilliwack-Kent
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Laurie Throness 11,257 53.55
New Democratic Patti MacAhonic 6,678 31.77
Green Josie Bleuer 3,088 14.69
Total valid votes 21,023 100.00
Source: Elections BC[4]
British Columbia general election, 2013: Chilliwack-Hope
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Laurie Throness 10,053 49.15
New Democratic Gwen O'Mahony 7,364 36.01
Conservative Michael Henshall 2,202 10.77
Independent Ryan Ashley McKinnon 833 4.07
Total valid votes 20,452 100.00
Total rejected ballots 117 0.57
Turnout 20,569 57.38
Source: Elections BC[5]


  1. ^ To serve & reflect; Laurie Throness looks purpose-built to carry the torch for local Liberals Henderson, Paul J. Chilliwack Times [Chilliwack, B.C] 12 Jan 2012: A.1.
  2. ^ "Fraser Valley: End of the line for van Dongen as Liberals bolster stronghold in Fraser Valley". The Province, May 15, 2013.
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  4. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Statement of Votes - 40th Provincial General Election" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 17 May 2017.