Lord, as the Honourable Bruce Ralston, after many years serving within our provincial legislature, continues to utilize his gifts and abilities to serve as MLA for the riding of Surrey-Whalley, bless him abundantly to maintain his strength and energy for each new challenge. Allow him to draw upon his years in the legislature, using his extensive experience and responsibility in various ministries and capacities over the years, to serve effectively within our BC provincial government. Grant him the insight and discernment he requires to appropriately serve in the important portfolio as the Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. Bless Bruce with all the strength and health he needs to sustain him in this significant role within our political system. Finally, bless also his wife, Miriam, and the rest of their family as they support Bruce in his significant role and time commitments in public service. Amen………………………..
Bruce Ralston was first elected MLA for Surrey-Whalley in 2005. He was re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. He is the Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology.
Bruce served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for Natural Gas Development, Trade, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, and also served as Opposition critic for finance, agriculture, international trade, the Asia Pacific strategy, and intergovernmental relations. He served as chair of the Legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts from 2009 to 2017, and as a member of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services from 2006 to 2013.
Bruce operated his own law firm in Surrey for many years, and continues to maintain his membership in the Law Society of British Columbia.
From 1995 to 2006, Bruce was elected to four consecutive terms as a member of the VanCity Savings Credit Union board of directors. He served as a chair of the board from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, BC Business magazine recognized Bruce as one of B.C.’s five leading board chairs. From 2003 until 2005, Bruce acted as the chair of the board of VanCity Enterprises, a VanCity subsidiary with a mandate to provide innovative housing solutions throughout the Lower Mainland.
Bruce is married to Miriam Sobrino. They have three children who grew up in Whalley and attended public schools in Surrey and New Westminster.