Marc Dalton

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Marc Dalton
MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009, 2013
Preceded by Randy Hawes
Personal details
Born (1960-06-03) June 3, 1960 (age 54)
Canadian Forces Base Baden Soelingen, Germany
Political party BC Liberal Conservative Party of Canada
Residence Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Marc Dalton is a Canadian politician, who was elected as a BC Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2009 provincial election, representing the riding of Maple Ridge-Mission by 68 votes. Marc was re-elected by a margin of 1498 votes in the May 13, 2013 election. He formerly worked as a long-time teacher in the Maple Ridge School District at both the elementary and high school levels. He has a Bachelor's degree in French and History and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership, both from Simon Fraser University. Marc was raised in a military family and he lived in bases across the country, including Quebec. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves after graduating and is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. [1]

Dalton is Aboriginal (Métis) and speaks French. He has led student exchanges to Quebec to promote unity, French language fluency and an appreciation of Canadian culture. He attended the Teachers Institute of Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa which was instrumental in seeking to run for public office. He has been active in politics at different levels over the past 30 years.

Since September 2012 Marc has been the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education for Independent Schools. He has visited schools across the province and has made various recommendations that have been implemented. He is also the Deputy Chair, Committee of the Whole at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. He serves on the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow and is on the Public Accounts Committee, the Parliamentary Committee of Aboriginal Affairs as well as Education [2] and on the Cabinet Committee for Families First.[3] He has a member of the Finance Committee, the Committee for Children and Youth and the Committee for Freedom of Information and Privacy.

Marc has represented British Columbia at francophone events in the province and country and is the Section President of the Francophone Parliamentary Assembly in the Legislature, a non-partisan role.

Marc is also the provincial political lead on the Experience the Fraser steering committee, a trails and tourism project stretching from the mouth of the Fraser to Hope.[4] Several million dollars have been invested in this collaborative initiative working with the Fraser Valley Regional District, Metro, Aboriginal communities and non-government organizations.

Dalton previously ran as a Conservative candidate in Burnaby—New Westminster in the 2006 federal election, losing to incumbent MP Peter Julian. In February 2015, Dalton announced he was running for the Federal Conservative nomination of Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, and will sit as an independent MLA in the interim.[5]

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Dalton is a resident of Maple Ridge and has been married to his wife, Marlene, for 29 years. They have three grown children. Marc was a pastor for a number of years and for quite some time after graduating, he worked volunteering with youth and reaching out to the needy in Third World countries and in Canadian inner cities. Prior to getting elected, Marc and his wife were regular volunteers with the Salvation Army serving food to the under-privileged.

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