Lord, our prayers go out to MLA John Martin as he tackles the issues that are before him in the legislature. We appreciate and value the experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system that he brings to the legislature as well his knowledge of legal and constitutional affairs. May he be mindful of the sufficiency of Your boundless grace and learn to lean on You for divine wisdom and guidance. Grant him success in the completing of goals envisioned for the people of Chilliwack. Father, may you also bless him and his family with health and happiness as he continues to serve faithfully and well. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
John Martin was elected MLA for Chilliwack on May 14, 2013.
He is a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow.
Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, John worked as a criminologist and faculty member in the School of Criminology at University of the Fraser Valley.
He holds a Certificate of Technology in Broadcast Communications from British Columbia Institute of Technology and two degrees in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.
He has also taught criminal justice at Douglas College, the Native Education Centre in Vancouver and Lethbridge College. John has written curricula and ran classes for RCMP members at the Pacific Regional Training Centre and new recruits at the Correctional Service of Canada’s Staff College.
He specializes in crime prevention, criminal justice reform, victims’ rights and public safety.
John is regularly invited to speak to groups on all matters related to crime and justice and is a frequent guest on talk radio and other media.
He has testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and taught Canadian Studies at Takushoku University in Japan as a visiting scholar.
Raised in the Lower Mainland, he resides in Chilliwack with his wife, Margaret, and their two Shetland Sheepdogs: Blue and The Dude. A long-time martial artist and musician, he is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Chilliwack and a weekend warrior on the BBQ competition circuit.