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MLA: Laurie Throness

Elected 2013, 2017
British Columbia Liberal Party


Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC  V8V 1X4
Phone: (250) 356-6171
Fax: (250) 387-9100


10-7300 Vedder Road
Chilliwack, BC   V2R 4G6

Phone: (604) 858-5299
Fax: (604) 858-5290
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-858-5299


Unit B - 7092 Pioneer Ave.
Agassiz, BC   V0M 1A0
Phone: (604) 796-5270

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

He currently serves as the Official Opposition Co-Critic for Transportation and Infrastructure and is a member of the Select Standing Committees on Children and Youth and Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills.

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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