VICTORIA – Finance Minister Michael de Jong, QC, issued the following statement today expressing condolences on behalf of the B.C. government on the passing of longtime public servant and former Mayor of Abbotsford, George Ferguson, who died March 7, 2017 at the age of 91.

“He was an esteemed public servant, having served as mayor of Abbotsford for over three decades. His legacy for the City of Abbotsford is significant. During his time in public office, he oversaw the amalgamations of Abbotsford, Sumas and Matsqui. Today, it is impossible to go anywhere in our community without seeing his contributions.

As the MLA for Abbotsford West, it was a privilege to have known George and worked with him on a number of different initiatives. He is a man who dedicated his life to our community.

He was an icon in our community, a friend to many, and will be remembered by his children and the community that he loved so much and served.”