Moira Stilwell

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The Honourable Doctor
Moira Stilwell
MLA
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Vancouver-Langara
Assumed office
May 12, 2009
Preceded by Carole Taylor
Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development of British Columbia
In office
June 10, 2009 – October 25, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Murray Coell
Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development of British Columbia
In office
October 25, 2010 – November 22, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Succeeded by Ida Chong
Personal details
Born 1953/1954 (age 62–63)[1]
Political party BC Liberal
Occupation radiologist
Religion Judaism

Moira Stilwell (born 1953 or 1954) is a Canadian politician, who was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in 2009 to represent the riding of Vancouver-Langara. She was appointed parliamentary secretary for industry, research and innovation to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation on March 14, 2011. She served as Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development in the government of B.C. from June 2009 to October 2010 when she was appointed Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development.

She resigned her cabinet post in November 2010 to stand for election as the leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party, but withdrew from the campaign on February 16, 2011.[2] The election subsequently occurred on February 26, 2011 and was won by Christy Clark, the current premier of British Columbia.

She is currently the Minister of Social Development (2012).

Biography[edit]

Stilwell graduated from the University of Calgary Medical School, and received further training in nuclear medicine at the University of British Columbia and in radiology at the University of Toronto. She served for several years as the head of nuclear medicine at St. Paul's Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, and Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Clinic, but left all those positions in 2009 to run for public office. Prior to that, she worked at BC Women's Hospital, where she served as co-medical director of the Breast Health Program as well as being the staff radiologist. Along with serving as a practicing physician and administrator, she was the clinical assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of British Columbia.

In addition to her professional capacities, Stilwell also served as the co-chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 2020 Task Force, and was past chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation/BC Yukon Chapter. She has also served on the board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance and on the BC Women's Hospital Foundation Board.

Campaign for the BC Liberal Party leadership[edit]

After entering the BC Liberal Party's 2011 leadership campaign, Stilwell focused her attention firmly on the importance of building a knowledge-based economy to ensure BC’s future prosperity;[3] increasing the minimum wage in BC from $8/hour to $10/hour; and reducing the interest rate that students in BC pay for loans to finance their studies [4]

Stilwell dropped out of the campaign on February 16, 2011, announcing her support for George Abbott.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kines, Lindsay. "Rookie MLA seeks Liberal leadership; Stilwell first to throw her hat into the ring; Chong assumes skills development portfolio". Victoria Times-Colonist, November 23, 2010. p. A4.
  2. ^ “Race to replace BC Premier has its first contender”. CTV Vancouver, November 22, 2010.
  3. ^ “Moira Stilwell: BC needs right leader for knowledge economy”. The Georgia Straight, November 30, 2010.
  4. ^ “BC postsecondary student loan interest rate should be lowered, says Moira Stilwell”. The Georgia Straight, November 29, 2010.
  5. ^ "Stilwell backs Abbott, Mayne to follow". The Province, February 17, 2011.

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