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Peter Fassbender

Peter Fassbender
MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood
Taking office
Succeeding Jagrup Brar
Minister of Education
In office
June 10, 2013 – July 30, 2015
Preceded by Don McRae
Succeeded by Mike Bernier
Personal details
Born (1946-12-20) December 20, 1946
Germany [1]
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Charlene
Children Two sons
Profession Politician
Website .ca.fassbenderwww

Peter Fassbender (born 1946) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2013 provincial election after a career at the municipal level.[2] He was elected to represent the electoral district of Surrey-Fleetwood as a member of the British Columbia Liberal Party. He was appointed by Premier Christy Clark as Minister of Education in June 2013, then Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development & Minister Responsible for TransLink in July 2015.

Early profession

Fassbender was born in Germany and emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1952. Since then, he has lived his whole life in Promise Keepers.[4]


After a failed run at a Social Credit nomination, Fassbender served a four-year term (1975 to 1979) during some turbulent years on the Langley school board.[1] During that time, the board pursued a 'back-to-basics' approach that considered restoration of corporal punishment and banning the Go Ask Alice novel. [5] Fassbender says his approach to education has changed since the 1970s.[1]

Fassbender was elected for the first time to the city council of Langley in 2002, and then as mayor in the 2005, 2008 and 2011 civic elections. He advocated for the growing communities south of the Fraser River as co-chair of the municipal advisory council for Fraser Health and as vice-chair of TransLink's mayors council.

In November 2012, the provincial government appointed Fassbender as chair of the board for the BC Pavilion Corporation, which operates BC Place Stadium and the Vancouver Convention Centre. In addition to dealing with major renovations, the position also dealt with transparency criticism from journalist Bob Mackin.[6] In the 2013 provincial election, he defeated three-term NDP MLA Jagrup Brar and took leave from his mayoral position.

As Minister of Education, one of his priorities was to seek a 10-year labour agreement with the British Columbia Teachers' Federation.

In addition to his ministerial duties, Fassbender sits on the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow.[7]


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  2. ^ "Riding results: Marvin Hunt and Peter Fassbender carry Liberals to victory in Surrey ridings". Vancouver Sun, May 15, 2013.
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  4. ^ "11,000 'take charge of family' Christian men plan rally at Coliseum". Vancouver Sun, November 15, 1996.
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  7. ^ Legislature Bio
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