First woman re-elected to the Legislative Assembly as an Independent member (2013)
Vicki Huntington is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. She received a degree in political science from the University of British Columbia and was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the Canadian Army Intelligence Corps (Res). She later joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service, where she spent much of her early career.
Huntington later served as Band Manager for the Gitanmaax Indian Reserve in Hazelton, British Columbia. The first-hand knowledge and understanding gained in this capacity was invaluable in her later work as Policy Assistant to the federal Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development; as a member of the Nisga’a Task Group; and as Vice Chair of the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee and its representative on the Provincial Treaty Negotiating Team.
During her years in Ottawa, Huntington also served as Executive Assistant and Acting-Chief of Staff to the Solicitor General of Canada and to the Minister of National Revenue. She was also involved in various capacities with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. She returned to British Columbia in 1988 as the Director of the Federal Ministers’ Regional Offices at Canada Place in Vancouver.
Huntington has shown a particular interest in environmental and agricultural matters. In this regard, she received an award from the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust for exceptional service.
In 1993, Huntington was elected to Delta Municipal Council. She was returned to Council in four subsequent municipal elections.
Huntington ran successfully as an Independent candidate for the riding of Delta South in the 2009 provincial general election, becoming the first Independent member elected in British Columbia since 1949. Through her subsequent victory in 2013, Huntington made history as the first woman re-elected to the Legislative Assembly as an Independent member.