BC's oldest elected MLA announces he's finally retiring

Oct 16 2019, 10:50 am

BC’s oldest elected MLA will not be seeking re-election in the next provincial election (2021), it was announced this week.

Ralph Sultan, the Liberal MLA for West Vancouver-Capilano was first elected to represent the riding in 2001. He was then re-elected in 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017.

Now, after five election cycles, the 86-year-old will not seek re-election in 2021, according to a tweet from BC Liberal Party Leader Andrew Wilkinson.

Sultan was born in East Vancouver in 1933, and graduated from UBC in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, according to his MLA biography.

He worked as a technical sales representative for a major international company before earning MBA, MA, and Ph.D. (Economics) degrees from Harvard University.

He then served as assistant and associate professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, for nine years.

He was then employed by The Royal Bank of Canada for almost ten years as chief economist; then a senior vice president of marketing in Montreal, and subsequently senior vice president of Global Energy and Minerals Group in Calgary. He was retained by the J. W. McConnell Foundation, Canada’s largest philanthropic fund, as an investment advisor.

He is currently a member of the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Sultan previously served as the Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation, and Technology and the Minister of State for Seniors. He was the caucus liaison for the Ministry of Finance, a member of the BC Mining Task Force, was Chair for the Government Caucus Committee for the Economy, and a Member of the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts.