​Shirley Bond

First woman to serve as Attorney General (2011)

Shirley Bond

Shirley Bond is a long-time resident of Prince George, British Columbia. She obtained an arts and science diploma from the College of New Caledonia and pursued studies in political science at the University of Northern British Columbia.

In 1993, she was elected to the Prince George School Board, where she served three terms, the last as Chair. Bond also worked with the Continuing Education Department of the Prince George School District, becoming its Business Manager.

She was Protocol Director for the 2001 Special Olympic Summer Games and sat on the boards of Carey Theological College, the Personal Living Choices Society, the Trinity Opportunity Fund Grants Committee and the City of Prince George’s Standing Committee on Youth.

Bond ran successfully as the B.C. Liberal Party candidate for the riding of Prince George-Mount Robson in both the 2001 and 2005 provincial general elections. In 2009, she was elected to represent the new riding of Prince George-Valemount, and was re-elected in 2013.

With more than 15 years of cabinet experience, Bond has served as Deputy Premier and has held various cabinet portfolios, including transportation and infrastructure; education, early learning and literacy; advanced education; health services; jobs, tourism and skills training; and labour.

In 2011, Bond forged a new path for women in British Columbia’s justice system, becoming the first woman to serve as Attorney General – a title she held while Minister of Justice.

Bond was re-elected in the 2017 provincial general election. Following the change of government in British Columbia in July 2017, she served as an Opposition member.