Thank You for MLA: Bruce Ralston and all of the talents and abilities You have given him. We pray Your blessing would rest on him today and through this season as he works in his riding. Give him creative solutions to the challenges he faces. Also bless his family and those close to him and keep them safe. In Your name we pray. Amen.
Bruce Ralston was re-elected as the MLA for Surrey-Whalley in May 2013. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.
Bruce was appointed Opposition Critic for International Trade, Asia Pacific Strategy, Multiculturalism, Immigration, and Intergovernmental Relations in June 2013. He has served as Chair of the legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts since 2009, and as a member of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services from 2006 to 2013. His Official Opposition critic responsibilities have included finance (2006 to 2013) and agriculture (2005 to 2006).
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 also served as a councillor on Surrey City Council for 1988 to 1993, where he advocated for planned development for healthy neighbourhoods for Surrey families. He is a former member of the Boards of Directors of Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Surrey Public Library.
Bruce was born in Victoria and grew up in Vancouver. He has degrees in history and law from the University of British Columbia and a degree in history from the University of Cambridge in England.
Bruce is married to Miriam Sobrino. They have three children who grew up in Whalley and attended public schools in Surrey and New Westminster. Their elder son attends graduate school in the U.S., while the other two are pursuing undergraduate degrees in Canadian universities. The family is active in their community through a number of community and sports organizations.