Mike Farnworth

Michael C. Farnworth (born July 23, 1959) is a New Democratic Party (NDP) politician from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. He has served as the MLA for the riding of Port Coquitlam and its predecessors for all but one term since 1991. He is currently Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia and Government House Leader.[2]


Mike Farnworth

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Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia
Assumed office
July 18, 2017
PremierJohn Horgan
Preceded byMike Morris
Minister of Social Development and Economic Security of British Columbia
In office
November 1, 2000 – June 5, 2001
PremierUjjal Dosanjh
Preceded byJan Pullinger
Succeeded byposition abolished
Minister of Health & Minister Responsible for Seniors of British Columbia
In office
February 29, 2000 – November 1, 2000
PremierUjjal Dosanjh
Preceded byPenny Priddy
Succeeded byCorky Evans
Minister of Employment and Investment & Minister Responsible for Housing of British Columbia
In office
February 18, 1998 – February 24, 2000
PremierGlen Clark
Dan Miller
Preceded byDan Miller
Succeeded byGordon Wilson
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of British Columbia
In office
January 6, 1997 – February 18, 1998
PremierGlen Clark
Preceded byDan Miller
Succeeded byJenny Kwan
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Port Coquitlam
Assumed office
May 12, 2009
Preceded byRiding Established
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
In office
October 17, 1991 – May 16, 2001
Preceded byRiding Established
Succeeded byKarn Manhas
In office
May 17, 2005 – May 12, 2009
Preceded byKarn Manhas
Succeeded byRiding Abolished
Dean of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Assumed office
October 24, 2020
Preceded byLinda Reid
Personal details
Born (1959-07-23) July 23, 1959 (age 61)
Bebington, England[1]
Political partyNDP
ResidencePort Coquitlam, British Columbia

Farnworth was originally elected in 1991 for Port Coquitlam, after serving three terms on Port Coquitlam City Council.[2] He was re-elected in 1996 in the redistributed riding of Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, but lost in the party's province-wide wipeout of 2001. Between 1997 and 2001, He served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (1997–98), Minister of Employment and Investment and Minister Responsible for Housing (1998–2000), Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Seniors (2000), and Minister of Social Development and Economic Security (2000–01).

In 2005 B.C. general election, Farnworth sought to take back his old seat. He won the riding with 11,844 votes (48.14% of valid votes). In 2009, Farnworth was re-elected to his fourth term in the recreated riding of Port Coquitlam with 54.64% of valid votes. Farnworth won again in the 2013 B.C. general election by a large margin, and again in the 2017 B.C. general election with his largest ever margin of victory.

Prior to entering elected office, Farnworth worked at CP Rail and Mt. Isa Mining.

In 2011, Farnworth ran in the NDP leadership election to replace retiring leader Carole James. He was narrowly defeated by Adrian Dix.[3]

Farnworth has publicly acknowledged that he is gay. He has had a relationship with his partner, Doug, for over twenty five years.[4]

Electoral recordEdit

2020 British Columbia general election: Port Coquitlam
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Mike Farnworth 15,370 64.14 +8.35 $9,774.62
Liberal Mehran Zargham 5,009 20.90 −9.15 $4,583.11
Green Erik Minty 3,023 12.61 −0.22 $2,051.19
Libertarian Lewis Clarke Dahlby 563 2.35 +1.37 $0.00
Total valid votes 23,965 100.00
Total rejected ballots    
Turnout    
Registered voters
Source: Elections BC[5][6]
2017 British Columbia general election: Port Coquitlam
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Mike Farnworth 14,079 55.79 +2.85 $52,164
Liberal Susan Chambers 7,582 30.05 −6.52 $26,734
Green Jason Hanley 3,237 12.83 $1,177
Libertarian Lewis Clarke Dahlby 248 0.98 −0.63 $89
Cascadia Billy Gibbons 88 0.35 $1,973
Total valid votes 25,234 100.00
Total rejected ballots 131 0.52 −0.20
Turnout 25,365 62.44 +5.18
Registered voters 40,621
Source: Elections BC[7][8]
2013 British Columbia general election: Port Coquitlam
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Mike Farnworth 11,755 52.94 −1.77 $86,221
Liberal Barbara Lu 8,120 36.57 −2.28 $23,507
Conservative Ryan Hague 1,525 6.87 $3,928
Your Political Party Brent Williams 447 2.01 +1.34 $610
Libertarian Jogender Dahiya 358 1.61 +0.73 $872
Total valid votes 22,205 100.00
Total rejected ballots 160 0.72 +0.20
Turnout 22,365 57.26 +2.05
Registered voters 39,059
Source: Elections BC[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ P.G. Normandin (1996). The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. p. 619.
  2. ^ a b "MLA: Mike Farnworth". Member Biography. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Farnworth jumps into the ring". CKNW. January 13, 2011. Archived from the original on January 16, 2011.
  4. ^ "NDP Leadership hopeful comes out of the closet as he announces his candidacy". CTV News. January 13, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "2020 Provincial General Election Final Voting Results". electionsbcenr.blob.core.windows.net. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  6. ^ "Election Financing Reports". Elections BC. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  7. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election - Statement of Votes" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Election Financing Reports". Elections BC. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Statement of Votes - 40th Provincial General Election" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
British Columbia provincial government of John Horgan
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Mike Morris Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
July 18, 2017–
Incumbent