Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce 2020 Budget Analysis with MLA Mike de Jong & State of the Nation address by MP Ed Fast


Feb 28


Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford, BC, Canada



Critical Analysis of the Provincial Budget by Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong with State of the Nation address by MP for Abbotsford Ed Fast

About our Speakers
Member of Parliament Ed Fast

The Honourable Ed Fast was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2019.  He had previously served for two terms as an Abbotsford School Trustee and for three terms as a member of Abbotsford City Council.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Ed practiced corporate and commercial law for 24 years.
On May 18, 2011, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed to his cabinet to serve as Minister of International Trade. He assumed responsibility for development of the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, which is creating a more competitive Canadian economy by deepening Canada’s trade and investment ties in large, dynamic and fast-growing economies around the world. His recent accomplishments include free trade agreements with the European Union, South Korea, Ukraine and the recently-concluded Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He also oversaw negotiations on modernizing free trade agreements with Israel and Chile and commenced free trade negotiations with countries such as India and Japan. In fall of 2015, Minister Fast became Canada’s longest serving Trade Minister.

Meet Mike – Mike de Jong

Mike de Jong has served the people of Abbotsford and British Columbia since first being elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in 1994.

Mike has served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, and Minister of Forests. He also served as House Leader from 2005 to 2018.

Before being elected as an MLA, de Jong served two terms as the youngest elected school trustee for Abbotsford School District, 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.

De Jong has also been involved with the Abbotsford-Matsqui Arts Council, the Matsqui Youth Commission, and holds the rank of Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Air Force Reserve.

Still an avid hockey player, in his teen years Mike 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.


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