On January 26, 2004 Bill Barisoff was appointed Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection for the Province of British Columbia. He previously served as Minister of Provincial Revenue.
Mr. Barisoff previously held a variety of critic roles for the Official Opposition, including agriculture, transportation and highways and aboriginal affairs. He served on the province’s Motor Carrier Commission and was a member of the Select Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs and on Agriculture.
He was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of Okanagan-Boundary and was re-elected in 2001 for Penticton-Okanagan Valley.
Mr. Barisoff, who was born and raised in Oliver, owned a trucking firm before his election to the Legislative Assembly.
He served as a school trustee for 18 years, including eight as chair of the Southern Okanagan school board; was a volunteer firefighter in Oliver for over 25 years; and sat on the Okanagan Labour Relations Council. He was also chair of the Oliver Recreation Commission for one year.
Bill and Edna Barisoff live in Oliver and have three sons: Glen, Michael and Darren.
For more information contact Mike Morton, press secretary to the Premier at 250 213-8218 or visit the province’s Web site at www.gov.bc.ca