Michael de Jong’s 20th anniversary feted in Legislature

British Columbia’s second-longest serving MLA Michael de Jong was praised in the Legislature March 12 by Premier Christy Clark for the “quiet work it takes to be a great representative…a great minister of the Crown and how to make the province better.”

MLAs marked the 20th anniversary this week that the member for Abbotsford West was sworn in as a member of the Legislative Assembly.

Opposition MLA Mike Farnworth reminded colleagues during his remarks in the House that Liberal candidate Michael de Jong was elected in a 1994 “pivotal byelection in the political history of British Columbia” that saw the B.C. Liberal Party “cement its role as the party that would occupy the space that Social Credit had done.”

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