Mike Farnworth

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Mike Farnworth

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Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia
Assumed office
July 18, 2017
PremierJohn Horgan
Preceded byMike Morris
Minister of Social Development and Economic Security of British Columbia
In office
November 1, 2000 – June 5, 2001
PremierUjjal Dosanjh
Preceded byJan Pullinger
Succeeded byposition abolished
Minister of Health & Minister Responsible for Seniors of British Columbia
In office
February 29, 2000 – November 1, 2000
PremierUjjal Dosanjh
Preceded byPenny Priddy
Succeeded byCorky Evans
Minister of Employment and Investment & Minister Responsible for Housing of British Columbia
In office
February 18, 1998 – February 24, 2000
PremierGlen Clark
Dan Miller
Preceded byDan Miller
Succeeded byGordon Wilson
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of British Columbia
In office
January 6, 1997 – February 18, 1998
PremierGlen Clark
Preceded byDan Miller
Succeeded byJenny Kwan
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Port Coquitlam
Assumed office
May 17, 2005
Preceded byKarn Manhas
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
In office
October 17, 1991 – May 16, 2001
Preceded byRiding Established
Succeeded byKarn Manhas
Personal details
Born (1959-07-23) July 23, 1959 (age 59)
Bebington, England[1]
Political partyNDP
ResidencePort Coquitlam, British Columbia

Michael C. "Mike" Farnworth (born July 23, 1959) is a New Democratic Party (NDP) politician from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. He has served as the MLA for the riding of Port Coquitlam and its predecessors for all but one term since 1991. He is currently Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia and Government House Leader.[2]

Farnworth was originally elected in 1991 for Port Coquitlam, after serving three terms on Port Coquitlam City Council.[2] He was re-elected in 1996 in the redistributed riding of Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, but lost in the party's province-wide wipeout of 2001. Between 1997 and 2001, He served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (1997–98), Minister of Employment and Investment and Minister Responsible for Housing (1998–2000), Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Seniors (2000), and Minister of Social Development and Economic Security (2000–01).

In 2005 B.C. general election, Farnworth sought to take back his old seat. He won the riding with 11,844 votes (48.14% of valid votes). In 2009, Farnworth was re-elected to his fourth term in the recreated riding of Port Coquitlam with 54.64% of valid votes. Farnworth won again in the 2013 B.C. general election by a large margin, and again in the 2017 B.C. general election with his largest ever margin of victory.

Prior to entering elected office, Farnworth worked at CP Rail and Mt. Isa Mining.

In 2011, Farnworth ran in the NDP leadership election to replace retiring leader Carole James. He was narrowly defeated by Adrian Dix.[3]

Farnworth has publicly acknowledged that he is gay. He has had a relationship with his partner, Doug, for over twenty five years.[4]

Electoral record[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2017: Port Coquitlam
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Mike Farnworth 12,937 55.46
Liberal Susan Chambers 7,101 30.44
Green Jason Hanley 2,975 12.75
Libertarian Lewis Clarke Dahlby 231 0.99
Cascadia Billy Gibbons 84 0.36
Total valid votes 23,328 100.00
Source: Elections BC[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ P.G. Normandin (1996). The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. p. 619.
  2. ^ a b "MLA: Mike Farnworth". Member Biography. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Farnworth jumps into the ring". CKNW. January 13, 2011. Archived from the original on January 16, 2011.
  4. ^ "NDP Leadership hopeful comes out of the closet as he announces his candidacy". CTV News. January 13, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
British Columbia Provincial Government of John Horgan
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Mike Morris Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
July 18, 2017–
Incumbent