We thank you Lord for Abbotsford MLA Michael de Jong and his commitment to serving British Columbians. Continue to anoint him with your presence as he seeks to fulfill the responsibilities and roles placed before him. Give him eyes to see the needs around him and provide him with resources and systems that will enable him to reach out with grace and mercy to meet those needs. Place your hedge of protection around Mr. de Jong and bless him and his family with good health. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Michael de Jong was re-elected in 2017 as the MLA for Abbotsford West, an area he has represented since first being elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in a 1994 by-election.
The six-term MLA has served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, & Minister of Forests. In addition, he also served as Government House Leader.
Before his election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 1994, de Jong served two terms as an elected school trustee for Abbotsford School District 34, and was a practising lawyer with his own Abbotsford firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and a law degree from the University of Alberta.
Still an avid hockey player, in his teen years Michael was a member of the Abbotsford Pilots Junior B hockey team. He attended Mouat Secondary School and still lives on the Matsqui Prairie farm where he grew up.