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MLA: Laurie Throness

Chilliwack-Kent
Elected 2013, 2017
British Columbia Liberal Party
laurie.throness.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Office:

Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC  V8V 1X4
Phone: (250) 356-6171
Fax: (250) 387-9066

Constituency:

10-7300 Vedder Road
Chilliwack, BC   V2R 4G6
Phone: (604) 858-5299
Fax: (604) 858-5290
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-858-5299

Constituency:

Unit B - 7092 Pioneer Ave.
Agassiz, BC   V0X 1L0
Phone: (604) 860-2113
Fax:

Laurie Throness was elected MLA for Chilliwack-Hope in 2013 and re-elected as MLA for the newly aligned riding, Chilliwack-Kent, in 2017.

Laurie served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for Corrections. He has been a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow, the Legislative Review Committee, and the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Prior to his election to the Legislature, Laurie served federal and provincial politicians. In 1984, Laurie began as executive assistant to former local MLA Harvey Schroeder, then Minister of Agriculture in the Social Credit government. In 1994, Laurie accepted a position with Reform MP Chuck Strahl in his first term in Ottawa. Laurie then joined the Opposition Leader's office, providing policy research and advice to three opposition leaders – Preston Manning, Stockwell Day, and Stephen Harper. Following the election of a Conservative government in Ottawa in 2006, Laurie served as Chief of Staff to Minister Chuck Strahl in the Agriculture, Aboriginal Affairs, and Transport departments.

Laurie is a supporter of continuing education and lifelong learning. A graduate of Canadian Bible College in Regina with a degree in biblical studies, Laurie later went on to earn a degree in history from Waterloo University and a master's degree in public administration from Queen's University. In 2002, Laurie pursued a PhD in history at Cambridge University in the UK, and wrote a book (published in October 2008) about the history of our penitentiary (prison) system.

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