Mel Couvelier

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Mel Couvelier
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Saanich and the Islands
In office
October 22, 1986 – October 17, 1991
Serving with Terry Huberts
Preceded by Hugh Austin Curtis
Succeeded by Riding Abolished
Personal details
Born (1931-01-20)January 20, 1931
Vancouver, British Columbia
Died May 30, 2011(2011-05-30) (aged 80)
Saanich, British Columbia
Political party Social Credit
Spouse(s) Milly Quakenbush
Occupation Businessman

Melville Bertram "Mel" Couvelier (January 20, 1931[1] – May 30, 2011[2]) was a businessman and political figure in British Columbia. He represented Saanich and the Islands from 1986 to 1991 in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a Social Credit member.

He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1948, Couvelier married Milly Quakenbush. He was employed by Crown Zellerbach, a paper manufacturing company, then went on to operate a general store in Coal Harbour. In 1960, the family moved to Victoria. There, he became the owner of Maplewood Poultry Processors and later established Couvelier's Fine Apparel.[1] He was mayor of Saanich from 1977 to 1986. Couvelier served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Finance.[2] He ran for the leadership of the provincial Social Credit party in 1986[3] and 1991. In 2008, Couvelier was unsuccessful in a bid to become mayor of Sidney, British Columbia.[4] He died in Saanich at the age of 80.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Melville Bertram (Mel) Couvelier". McCall Bros. Funeral Homes. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b North, Natalie (February 1, 2011). "With death of Mel Couvelier, community loses veteran leader". Saanich News. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Former B.C. finance minister Mel Couvelier dies at 78". Vancouver Sun. June 1, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Mel Couvelier balanced B.C.'s budget". Vancouver Sun. June 4, 2011. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved 2012-02-21.