Steve Thomson (politician)

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Steve Thomson
38th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
In office
June 22 – June 29, 2017
Premier Christy Clark
Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon
Preceded by Linda Reid
Succeeded by Darryl Plecas
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Kelowna-Mission
Assumed office
May 12, 2009
Preceded by Sindi Hawkins
Personal details
Born 1951/1952 (age 66–67)
Political party Liberal
Residence Kelowna, British Columbia

Steve Thomson (born 1951 or 1952) is a Canadian politician, who was elected as a BC Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2009 provincial election, representing the riding of Kelowna-Mission.[1][2] Thomson was re-elected in 2013 and 2017 and elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia on June 22, 2017. He had previously served as Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations since 2011.[3] Thomson resigned as Speaker on June 29, 2017, after less than a week in office, immediately following the defeat of the minority Liberal government of Christy Clark on a confidence vote.[4]

Thomson joined the cabinet in 2009 as Minister of Agriculture and Lands and has also served as Minister of Natural Resource Operations, Minister of Energy, as chair to the Environment and Land Use Committee and as a member of the Treasury Board.

Prior to entering politics, he was executive director of the BC Agriculture Council, general manager of the BC Fruit Growers Association and the BC Milk Producers Association, as well as director of the Kelowna Museum, the Okanagan Innovation Fund, and the BC BioEnergy Network.

Electoral record[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2017: Kelowna-Mission
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Steve Thomson 13,985 57.64
New Democratic Harwinder Kaur Sandhu 5,102 21.03
Green Rainer Wilkins 3,422 14.10
Conservative Charles Hardy 1,755 7.23
Total valid votes 24,264 100.00
Source: Elections BC[5]
British Columbia general election, 2013: Kelowna-Mission
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Steve Thomson 13687 56.86
New Democratic Tish Lakes 6221 25.84
Conservative Mike McLoughlin 3051 12.67
No Affiliation Dayleen Van Ryswyk 1113 4.62
Total valid votes 24072 100.00
Total rejected ballots 161 0.66
Turnout 24233 53.58
Source: Elections BC[6]


  1. ^ Name: Steve Thomson Anonymous. Kelowna Capital News [Kelowna, B.C] 23 Apr 2009: 4.
  2. ^ Waters, Alistair. "Stewart loses cabinet ministry posting". Kelowna Capital News. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Shaw, Rob. "B.C. legislature resumes, MLAs elect Liberal Steve Thomson as Speaker". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
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  5. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Statement of Votes - 40th Provincial General Election" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 

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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Gordon Campbell, Former Premier of British Columbia
Order of precedence in British Columbia
as of 2017
Succeeded by
Members of the Executive Council of British Columbia