Murray Coell

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Murray Coell
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Saanich North and the Islands
In office
May 28, 1996 – May 14, 2013
Preceded by Clive Tanner
Succeeded by Gary Holman
Minister of Human Resources
of British Columbia
In office
June 5, 2001 – January 26, 2004
Premier Gordon Campbell
Succeeded by Stan Hagen
Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services
of British Columbia
In office
January 26, 2004 – June 16, 2005
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by George Abbott
Succeeded by Tom Christensen (Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation), Ida Chong (Women’s and Seniors’ Services)
Minister of Advanced Education of British Columbia
In office
June 16, 2005 – June 10, 2009
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Ida Chong
Succeeded by Moira Stilwell
Minister responsible for Research and Technology
of British Columbia
In office
June 16, 2005 – June 23, 2008
Premier Gordon Campbell
Minister of Labour Market Development of British Columbia
In office
June 23, 2008 – June 10, 2009
Premier Gordon Campbell
Succeeded by Moira Stilwell
Minister of Labour of British Columbia
In office
June 10, 2009 – October 25, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Iain Black
Succeeded by Iain Black
Minister of Environment
of British Columbia
In office
October 25, 2010 – March 14, 2011
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Barry Penner
Succeeded by Terry Lake
Personal details
Born 1954/1955 (age 61–62)[1]
Political party Liberal

Murray Coell (born 1955 or 1954) is a Canadian politician. He is a former member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, representing the riding of Saanich North and the Islands, a suburb of Victoria, from 1996 through 2012. He is a BC Liberal. He previously served as the Minister of Environment, Minister of Labour, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development; Minister of Human Resources; Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services; and Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for Research and Technology.[2]

Coell was first elected to the British Columbia legislature in 1996 and has been re-elected in 2001, 2005, and 2009. He announced in 2012 that he would not run for re-election.[3]

Prior to being elected to provincial office, Coell was mayor of Saanich, British Columbia for six years.[3] He has also served as chair of the Capital Regional District. Before entering politics, Coell was a social worker and a small business owner. He has a Bachelor of Arts in social welfare from the University of Victoria.

Election results[edit]

British Columbia general election, 1996: Saanich North and the Islands
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Murray Coell 13,374 47.57%
New Democratic Lynda Laushway 10,546 37.51%
Reform Ross Imrie 1,627 5.79%
Progressive Democrat Gary Lundy 1,533 5.45%
Green Wally du Temple 898 3.19%
Natural Law Paul Tessier 72 0.26%
Western Canada Concept Zino Del Monte 63 0.22%
Total valid votes 28,113 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 120 0.43%
Turnout 28,233 77.89%
British Columbia general election, 2001: Saanich North and the Islands
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Murray Coell 15,406 54.29%
Green Andrew Lewis 7,211 25.41%
New Democratic Paul Sam 5,011 17.66%
Marijuana Christina Racki 491 1.73%
Independent Balther Johannes Jensen 257 0.91%
British Columbia general election, 2005: Saanich North and the Islands
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Murray Coell 13,265 44.01%
New Democratic Christine Hunt 11,265 37.37%
Green Ken Rouleau 4,557 15.12%
Democratic Reform Ian Douglas Bruce 1,056 3.50%
British Columbia general election, 2009: Saanich North and the Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Murray Coell 13,120 44.91 +0.9
New Democratic Gary Holman 12,875 44.07 +6.9
Green Tom Bradfield 3,220 11.02 −4.1
Total valid votes 29,215

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray Coell re-elected, Green candidate second: [Final Edition] Bell, Jeff. Times - Colonist [Victoria, B.C] 17 May 2001: C4.
  2. ^ "Honorable Murray Coell". Cabinet Ministers. Government of British Columbia. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Another B.C. Liberal quits politics". CBC. July 11, 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2014.