Father, we take this time to pray for MLA: Doug Routley. We thank You that he has a wide range of experience that he brings to his legislative roles. We pray that as the Legislature resumes siting next week that “Lady Wisdom will be your close friend, and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion. Good Sense will scout ahead for danger, Insight will keep an eye out for you.” (Proverbs 2:10-11). We ask also that his staff, colleagues, family and friends will be even more of an encouragement and strength to him as he goes about his days. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Doug Routley was re-elected as the MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan in May 2013. He served as MLA for Cowichan-Ladysmith from May 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn, in 2009.
Doug serves as Opposition Critic for Skills Training.
Doug was born May 9, 1961, in New Westminster, B.C., and grew up in Duncan, B.C. He understands the unique challenges and opportunities of life in the region, and his diverse experience gives him a very close and practical grasp of what his constituents care about and how their needs can best be met.
He comes from a family of educators and attended the public schools of the Cowichan Valley, then Camosun College, before travelling to Japan, where he lived and worked for one year.
Doug’s close friendships and connections to the Cowichan First Nations people began as a boy playing road hockey and attending school with his friends from Cowichan. He has continued building on that connection in politics, first as a school trustee and now as MLA.
Doug’s work experience is diverse and gives him a very broad understanding of so many of his constituents’ lives and challenges. Doug has experience in construction and in logging, having worked as a sawmill worker and tree planter. He also has been a business owner and operator, school custodian and school trustee.
While in Japan, Doug taught English and studied Sumea, traditional Japanese ink painting. He was a bicycle racer and while training in Japan, met a bicycle manufacturer. After his return to Canada, Doug established a bicycle retail and wholesale company which had dealers throughout Canada and the U.S.
Doug’s diverse background in industry, business, labour and politics gives him the understanding that working together cooperatively is the key to success.
Doug has two daughters, Sasha and Madeline.