|Senator from British Columbia|
Assumed office |
January 2, 2009
|Nominated by||Stephen Harper|
|Appointed by||Michaëlle Jean|
|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly|
for Peace River North
October 17, 1991 – December 22, 2008
|Preceded by||Tony Brummet|
|Succeeded by||Pat Pimm|
|Minister of Energy and Mines of British Columbia|
June 5, 2001 – June 16, 2005
|Preceded by||Glenn Robertson|
|Succeeded by||Richard Neufeld|
|Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources of British Columbia|
June 16, 2005 – January 19, 2009
|Preceded by||Richard Neufeld|
|Succeeded by||Blair Lekstrom|
November 6, 1944|
British Columbia Social Credit Party (1991-1994)|
Reform Party of British Columbia (1994-1997)
British Columbia Liberal Party (1997-2008)
Richard Neufeld (born November 6, 1944) is a Canadian Senator for British Columbia. Before his appointment to the Senate, he was a British Columbia Liberal Party Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1991 to 2008, serving as Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in the cabinet of Gordon Campbell.
Neufeld was first elected to the legislative assembly in the 1991 B.C. general election. He won the Peace River North riding as a member of the Social Credit party. He received 5,758 votes (54.79% of total valid votes) in a field of five candidates. Neufeld defected to the BC Reform Party following the electoral collapse of the SoCreds.
In the 1996 BC general election Neufeld was re-elected in the Peace River North riding as a member of the BC Reform party. He received 5,299 votes (48.41% of total valid votes) in a field of six candidates. He was one of two BC Reform candidates to be elected, the other being party leader Jack Weisgerber–thereby losing official party status. BC Reform's presence was blamed for splitting the centre-right vote, allowing the NDP to eke out a majority despite coming second in the popular vote behind the Liberals.
Following a conflict with then BC Reform leader Wilf Hanni, Neufeld defected to the BC Liberals in October 1997. During this time in the Official Opposition he served as energy, mines and northern development critic.
In the 2001 general election Neufeld was again re-elected in the Peace River North riding as the BC Liberal candidate. He received 6,629 votes (73.22% of total valid votes) in a field of four candidates. Neufeld was appointed Minister of Energy and Mines on June 5, 2001 by Premier Gordon Campbell.
In his position as Minister, Neufeld was at the centre of the fray regarding the "re-regulation" of BC Hydro, which involves privatization of some of that Crown corporation. Neufeld has also advocated the increased use of coal power, and has promoted allowing a scientific review of offshore oil and gas. His term as Minister of Energy and Mines was marked by significant growth in the oil and gas, and mining sectors.
In the 2005 general election Neufeld was again re-elected in the Peace River North riding as the BC Liberal candidate. He received 5,498 votes (59.37% of total valid votes) in a field of four candidates. Neufeld was re-appointed Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources on June 16, 2005 by Premier Gordon Campbell.
On December 22, 2008, it was announced that Neufeld would be appointed to the Canadian Senate on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He assumed office on January 2, 2009.