The Honourable John Horgan

Premier of British Columbia, Government of British Columbia
Speaking at: Opening Ceremony

As Premier of British Columbia since 2017, John Horgan’s leadership is rooted in a strong sense of family and community.

Raised by a single mother after his father passed away, Premier Horgan benefited from a strong public school system and caring neighbours who lifted up his family in times of need. His experience of the power of public services to transform lives and open up opportunities inspired him to work to make British Columbia better for everyone.

Under his leadership, the B.C. government is working to keep people healthy, safe and secure through the pandemic and building a strong economic recovery that works for everyone. This includes delivering better health care for British Columbians and their families, providing affordability and security in communities across the province, and creating good jobs and livelihoods in a clean energy future.

Since 2017, Premier Horgan and the B.C. government have made life more affordable by providing lower-cost child care spaces and reducing fees, eliminating Medical Services Plan fees, freezing ferry fares, removing bridge tolls, and building more affordable places to live.

The government is also delivering better, faster health care for people in all corners of the province, building new schools, and making record investments in transportation and infrastructure to create good jobs and more liveable, connected communities.

Premier Horgan holds a bachelor’s degree from Trent University and a master’s degree from Sydney University in Australia. In 2001, he started a management and research consulting company helping both private and public-sector organizations.

Residing in Langford, Premier Horgan is a proud husband and father of two. He has been re-elected four times as MLA since 2005 and represents the riding of Langford-Juan de Fuca. He became leader of the BC NDP in 2014 and was sworn in as Premier of British Columbia on July 18, 2017.