Jim Nielsen (Canadian politician)

James Arthur Nielsen (August 6, 1938 – April 4, 2018) was a Canadian politician. He served in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1975 to 1986 as a Social Credit member for the constituency of Richmond.[1]

James Arthur Nielsen
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Richmond
In office
December 11, 1975 – October 22, 1986
Preceded byHarold Steves
Succeeded byNick Loenen
Bill Vander Zalm
Personal details
Born(1938-08-06)August 6, 1938
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
DiedApril 4, 2018(2018-04-04) (aged 79)
British Columbia, Canada
Political partySocial Credit

He was appointed to Cabinet as the first Minister of Environment. He then held the post of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, and served as Minister of Health from 1981 to 1986 . He was given the additional duties as Minister of Human Resources for a period of time, which reflected the support he had from Premier Bill Bennett. He was considered "tough, but fair" by his supporters and critics alike. He was referred to as "The Fonz" by Premier Bill Bennett due to his hairdo and sideburns. After leaving office he served as the Chairman of the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia from 1987 to 1989.

Before entering politics Nielsen was a broadcaster for CFAX, CFUN & CJOR. He ran in the 1974 federal election as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Burnaby—Seymour.