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Stephen Rogers (politician)

Charles Stephen Rogers (born March 28, 1942)[2] was a British Columbia politician and cabinet minister from 1975 to 1991. Rogers ran for the leadership of the British Columbia Social Credit Party in the 1986 leadership race, but lost to Bill Vander Zalm.[3]

Stephen Rogers
29th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
In office
April 5, 1990 – October 16, 1991
PremierBill Vander Zalm
Rita Johnston
Lieutenant GovernorDavid Lam
Preceded byJohn Reynolds
Succeeded byJoan Sawicki
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Vancouver South
In office
December 11, 1975 – October 17, 1991
Serving with William Strongman (1975-1979)
Peter Hyndman (1979-1983)
Russell Fraser (1983-1991)
Preceded byJack Radford
Daisy Webster
Succeeded byRiding Abolished
Minister of Environment and Parks of British Columbia
In office
November 6, 1986 [1] – March 3, 1987
PremierBill Vander Zalm
Preceded byForbes Charles Austin Pelton
Succeeded byWilliam Bruce Strachan
Minister of Intergovernmental Relations of British Columbia
In office
March 3 – November 13, 1987
PremierBill Vander Zalm
Preceded byWilliam Bruce Strachan
Minister of State, Nechako of British Columbia
In office
October 22, 1987 – July 6, 1988
PremierBill Vander Zalm
Minister of Transportation and Highways of British Columbia
In office
November 13, 1987 – July 6, 1988
PremierBill Vander Zalm
Preceded byClifford Charles Michael
Succeeded byThomas Neil Vant
Personal details
Born (1942-03-28) March 28, 1942 (age 77)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political partySocial Credit

He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of Forrest Rogers and Gwynneth Thomas, and was educated in Vernon and Vancouver. In 1967, Rogers married Margaret Wallace.[2] He married his second wife Valerie Richards in 1991.Stephen has four children—two from both marriages.

He was elected as a Social Credit MLA in Vancouver South in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1986. His career culminated in serving as Speaker until 1991 when he returned to his career as an airline pilot with Air Canada. He retired from Air Canada in 2002.[4]

Rogers was forced to resign from the position of Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in 1986 after it was disclosed that he was in a conflict of interest position involving a personal tax shelter investment.[5] He resigned as Minister of Health later that same year just before he was charged with failure to disclose financial holdings as required by law.[6] In 1987, Rogers resigned as Minister of the Environment following conflict of interest allegations related to a change in boundaries for Strathcona Provincial Park.[7]

He ran as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for the riding of Vancouver Quadra in the 2004 election and again in 2006, losing both times to Liberal Stephen Owen.[8]

Rogers is a lifelong resident of Vancouver.


  1. ^ Taking the Air: Ideas and Change in Canada's National Parks Kopas, Paul Sheldon, pg. 107
  2. ^ a b Normandin, P G (1986). Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1986.
  3. ^ "Two ministers quit B.C. jobs". Calgary Herald. August 6, 1986. p. 5. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  4. ^ "Election 2006". CTV. Retrieved 2012-02-15.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Conflict issue snares second B.C. minister". Calgary Herald. January 22, 1986. p. 5. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  6. ^ "Former minister pleads guilty to not disclosing finances". Leader-Post. Regina. April 12, 1986. p. 11. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  7. ^ "Environment Minister Resigns". Eugene Register-Guard. March 4, 1987. p. 9. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  8. ^ "Vancouver Quadra, British Columbia (1947 - )". History of Federal Ridings since 1867. Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-15.