Gordon Wilson was appointed
Minister of Forests on November 1, 2000.
He previously served as as Minister of Employment and Investment
from February 2000 to November 2000, Minister of Education
from September 1999 to February 2000, Minister of Finance
and Corporate Relations from July 1999 to September 1999,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs from January 1999 to July 1999
and Minister Responsible for BC Ferries from January 1999
to February 2000.
Mr. Wilson was first elected to the Legislative Assembly
in 1991 and was re-elected in 1996. He represents the riding
of Powell River-Sunshine Coast. He became leader of the Official
Opposition following the 1991 election and led the Progressive
Democratic Alliance party of British Columbia from December
1993 to January 1999. He was appointed special constitutional
adviser to the Provincial Government in January 1997.
For 17 years, Mr. Wilson lectured and conducted research
in economic geography at Capilano College. Before his election
to the Legislature, he was elected to the Sunshine Coast Regional
District Board in 1985, where he served as a director until
1992. He has also served as an executive member of the Association
of Vancouver Island Municipalities.
Mr. Wilson was born in Vancouver and raised in Kenya, East
Africa. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the State
University of New York and a master's degree in economic geography
and resource management from the University of British Columbia.
He is married to former MLA Judeline Tyabji Wilson. They
have five children: Christina, Mathew, Kas, Kiri and Tanita.