Father, today many of us throughout this province, linked together by faith, come before You and ask that You would bless our MLA for Chilliwack, John Martin. It is his first term in office and so we ask You that his mind will be sharp and that he will quickly learn what he needs to know and feel confident in his knowledge. Give him Your wisdom, strength and grace. Surround him with people of faith who will bless him with encouragement. In Jesus’ name we ask this. Amen.
John Martin was elected MLA for Chilliwack on May 14, 2013.
He is a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow.
Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, John worked as a criminologist and faculty member in the School of Criminology at University of the Fraser Valley.
He holds a Certificate of Technology in Broadcast Communications from British Columbia Institute of Technology and two degrees in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.
He has also taught criminal justice at Douglas College, the Native Education Centre in Vancouver and Lethbridge College. John has written curricula and ran classes for RCMP members at the Pacific Regional Training Centre and new recruits at the Correctional Service of Canada’s Staff College.
He specializes in crime prevention, criminal justice reform, victims’ rights and public safety.
John is regularly invited to speak to groups on all matters related to crime and justice and is a frequent guest on talk radio and other media.
He has testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and taught Canadian Studies at Takushoku University in Japan as a visiting scholar.
Raised in the Lower Mainland, he resides in Chilliwack with his wife, Margaret, and their two Shetland Sheepdogs: Blue and The Dude. A long-time martial artist and musician, he is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Chilliwack and a weekend warrior on the BBQ competition circuit.