Michael de Jong grew up in Abbotsford, where he went to school, played hockey and started his law practice. He has served as Member of the Legislative Assembly representing Abbotsford for more than 20 years. He continues to serve as a senior member of the government cabinet.
Michael was named Minister of Finance and Government House Leader in September 2012. He was re-elected in 2009 as the MLA for the newly named constituency of Abbotsford West, an area he has represented since first being elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in a 1994 by-election.
His experience in government cabinet is extensive; he previously served as Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, and Minister of Forests.
Before his election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Michael served two terms as an elected School Board Trustee for Abbotsford School District 34, and was a practising lawyer with his own Abbotsford firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and a law degree from the University of Alberta.
Still an avid hockey player, in his teen years, Michael was a member of the Abbotsford Pilots Junior B hockey team. He attended Mouat Secondary School and still lives on the Matsqui Prairie farm where he grew up. Michael holds the rank of Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Air Force Reserve.