Shirley Bond was elected in 2001 and 2005 as the MLA for Prince George-Mount Robson, and re-elected in 2009 and 2013 as the MLA for Prince George-Valemount.
Shirley was appointed Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour on June 10, 2013. In this role she will drive government’s commitment for job creation and economic development by accelerating the BC Jobs Plan and ensure that British Columbians are first in line for the jobs of today and tomorrow by executing on B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, which will re-engineer our education and training system. She also works closely with Destination BC to meet the targets laid out in the Province’s tourism strategy.
With more than 14 years of Cabinet experience, Shirley has served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy, Minister of Advanced Education, Minister of Health Services, and was the first female to hold the position of Attorney General in British Columbia, a title she held while Minister of Justice. She has been honoured as a trailblazer in the B.C. justice system.
Shirley currently serves as the Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Strong Economy, Vice Chair for the Core Review Committee and she is Vice Chair of the Treasury Board and the Priorities and Planning Committee.
Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, she served three terms on the Prince George School Board, the last as chair. She also worked with the continuing education department of the Prince George School District, becoming its business manager. She was given the B.C. Interior, North & Yukon Woman of Distinction Award for her work in public education.
Shirley lives in Prince George with Bill, her husband of more than 30 years, and they love spending time with their twin adult children and their families, especially their grandsons Caleb and Cooper.