Lord, we thank You that MLA: Doug Routley is a member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. We pray You will help him take his extensive experience and understanding of the workings of his riding of Nanimo-North Cowichan as well as his desire to see our province be all that it can be and translate it into legislation for the betterment of all. Grant him in the midst of his busy schedule that time with his family and friends that provide rejuvenation. Amen.
Doug Routley was re-elected as the MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan in May 2013. He served as MLA for Cowichan-Ladysmith from May 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn, in 2009.
Doug serves as Opposition Spokesperson for Citizen Services and as Deputy Spokesperson for Forest – Forest Futures.
Doug was born May 9, 1961, in New Westminster, B.C., and grew up in Duncan, B.C. He understands the unique challenges and opportunities of life in the region, and his diverse experience gives him a very close and practical grasp of what his constituents care about and how their needs can best be met.
He comes from a family of educators and attended the public schools of the Cowichan Valley, then Camosun College, before travelling to Japan, where he lived and worked for one year.
Doug’s close friendships and connections to the Cowichan First Nations people began as a boy playing road hockey and attending school with his friends from Cowichan. He has continued building on that connection in politics, first as a school trustee and now as MLA.
Doug’s work experience is diverse and gives him a very broad understanding of so many of his constituents’ lives and challenges. Doug has experience in construction and in logging, having worked as a sawmill worker and tree planter. He also has been a business owner and operator, school custodian and school trustee.
While in Japan, Doug taught English and studied Sumea, traditional Japanese ink painting. He was a bicycle racer and while training in Japan, met a bicycle manufacturer. After his return to Canada, Doug established a bicycle retail and wholesale company which had dealers throughout Canada and the U.S.
Doug’s diverse background in industry, business, labour and politics gives him the understanding that working together cooperatively is the key to success.
Doug has two daughters, Sasha and Madeline.