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HomeMiscellanyExclusive: De Jong no longer B.C. Legislature’s top land baron

Exclusive: De Jong no longer B.C. Legislature’s top land baron


Bob Mackin

There is a new real estate king in the B.C. Legislature.

Surrey-Fleetwood NDP MLA Jagrup Brar also bought land in Alberta and Saskatchewan. (Twitter)

Surrey-Fleetwood NDP MLA Jagrup Brar has a residence in Surrey, joint ownership of land in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., quarter interest in a family farm in Deon Village, Punjab, India, and, through a holding company, land in Peace River, Alta. and North Battleford, Sask. and one-third shares of seven properties in Prince George.

That, according to the annual conflict of interest disclosure summaries obtained by theBreaker from the Legislature Clerk.

MLAs are required to file confidential conflict of interest disclosures annually with Commissioner Paul Fraser. Fraser, in turn, releases filtered statements for public consumption that do not include residential addresses or dollar values, among other details.

Brar reported more real estate holdings than ex-Finance Minister Mike de Jong, whose report says he receives rental income from six properties in Abbotsford and a family hobby farm. De Jong declared ownership in three properties and a one-third interest in three others.

Brar’s report also declared an unspecified amount of shares in Fortis, TransCanada, CP Rail and Enbridge in an RRSP.

Elsewhere, Premier John Horgan declared a residential property in Victoria and one-third interest in a Victoria investment property. He has a variety of RRSP investments, including an “Integrity Fossil Fuel Free Portfolio.”

Horgan’s wife Ellie reported income from a small business, the It’s Your Move downsizing and relocation consultancy.

Green leader Andrew Weaver listed royalties from Orca Books, consulting fees from Solterra Solutions and rental income from investment property in Victoria and recreational property in Parksville.

BC Liberal interim leader Rich Coleman reported residential property in Langley and his wife has salary from Mobil One Lube Express.

Claire Trevena, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, declared shares in Brookfield Infrastructure.

Housing Minister Selina Robinson reported mortgages on residences in Coquitlam and Victoria.

Vancouver East NDP MLA Melanie Mark and Richmond BC Liberal Teresa Wat report no residential property in their ridings, but instead residences in Burnaby.

For Richmond-Queensborough BC Liberal rookie Jas Johal, his only residence is in Delta.

NDP’s Judy Darcy and Janet Routledge both have recreational property on Mayne Island.

Nelson-based NDP veteran Michelle Mungall has residential properties in Nelson and Victoria, and three investment properties with her spouse — two in Nelson and another in Calgary.

BC Liberal rookie Tracy Redies represents White Rock, but has residential property in Langley and investment property in Williamsburg, Va. West Vancouver BC Liberal Ralph Sultan also has a property in Vermont. Coquitlam NDP MLA Mike Farnworth also has a place in Bromborough, England.

Pemberton-based BC LIberal Jordan Sturdy continues to hold shares in a variety of tech stocks, including Alibaba, IBM, Telus, Facebook and Amaya. The latter is an grey market online gambling company that competes with B.C. Lottery Corp., the statutory Crown monopoly.

Jas Johal doesn’t live in Richmond or New Westminster, but Delta.

Ex-Kamloops Mayor and rookie BC Liberal MLA Peter Milobar shares a liquor store and pub under the Ramblin Man Ent. Ltd. banner with his wife. His Stag’s Head store was busted for selling booze to a minor and fined $7,500 in 2013.

Vancouver-Langara BC Liberal Michael Lee reported partner salary from the Lawson Lundell law firm and distributions to his Michael Lee Law Corp. His spouse has 1/17th interest in agricultural property in Langley. Lee has a variety of private business interests, including shares in Marine Learning Systems, ARC Medical Devices, Britnell Ventures, Pyfera Growth Capital, Greenspace Solutions, and G-Pak Technology

Few of the 87 MLAs reported receiving gifts.

Former environment minister Mary Polak said she received a $272.97 vase with a colour picture of a Rock Chrysanthemum from the Japanese consulate general and a $250 hummingbird print by Alano Edzersa from the Tahltan Central Governemnt Band.

Ex-aboriginal relations minister John Rustad reported two $800 ceremonial masks (Gitxsan and Kwakiutl) and two ceremonial paddles ($500). One of the masks was from 2013 and the other in 2016. The paddles were from 2014.

Ex-junior liquor minister John Yap said he had a one night stay at the Nk’Kmip Resort for $324.31 on July 12 for the B.C. Wine Institute’s 2017 conference.

Horgan reported receiving a $345 Team B.C. ceremonial apparel and backpack from the B.C. Games Society.

The Legislature does not publish the annual disclosure forms, but theBreaker does. 

Click on any of the MLA names below to read a 2017 disclsoure form. (MLAs listed in order of Legislature seating.) 

Speaker Darryl Plecas


George Heyman

Doug Donaldson

Harry Bains

Judy Darcy

Michelle Mungall

Shane Simpson

Selina Robinson

Lisa Beare  

Lana Popham

Mike Farnworth

Katrina Chen

John Horgan

Carole James

Claire Trevena

David Eby 

Jinny Sims

Adrian Dix

George Chow

Bruce Ralston

Melanie Mark

Raj Chouhan

Anne Kang

Rob Fleming

Nicholas Simons

Katrine Conroy

Ravi Kahlon

Bob D’Eith

Scott Fraser

Garry Begg

Doug Routley

Spencer Chandra Herbert

Jagrup Brar

Bowinn Ma

Mitzi Dean

Jennifer Rice

Mable Elmore

Leonard Krog

Janet Routledge

Rachna Singh

Ronna-Rae Leonard

Rick Glumac

BC Greens

Sonia Furstenau

Dr. Andrew Weaver

Adam Olsen

BC Liberals

Mary Polak

Stephanie Cadieux

Mike Morris

John Rustad

Michelle Stilwell

Shirley Bond

Dan Ashton

Mike de Jong 

Coralee Oakes

Rich Coleman

Steve Thomson

Andrew Wilkinson 

Jordan Sturdy

Greg Kyllo

Ellis Ross

Todd Stone

Joan Isaacs

Mike Bernier

Peter Milobar

Teresa Wat

Jas Johal

Jane Thornthwaite

Linda Reid

Michael Lee

Doug Clovechok

Marvin Hunt

John Yap

Norm Letnick

Donna Barnett

Tracy Redies

Linda Larson

Jackie Tegart

Ian Paton

Eric Foster

John Martin

Simon Gibson

Laurie Throness

Ralph Sultan

Dan Davies

Tom Shypitka

Sam Sullivan