VICTORIA — A minister who served in a former British Columbia NDP government, and whose wife now serves in the current one, has died.
The New Democrat B.C. Government Caucus says in a news release that Ed Conroy, who was 73, died Friday of natural causes.
“It is with a heavy heart we learned of the passing of our dear friend Ed Conroy, ” writes New Democrat BC Government Caucus Chair Jagrup Brar. “Ed gave so much to the province of British Columbia and did so with kindness at every step.
Conroy represented Rossland-Trail in the legislature and served as the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the Minister Responsible for Rural Development from 2000 to 2001.
Premier John Horgan posted his condolences on Twitter.
I’ve known Ed for 30 years and had the honour of working with him when he was a @bcndp MLA and Minister. He was a truly kind & decent man who will be greatly missed. All of my thoughts & support are with his wife @KatrineConroy.
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) June 28, 2020
He lost his bid for re-election in 2001, and his wife Katrine Conroy became an MLA in the region in 2005.
She is currently the Minister for Children and Family Development.
The couple lived in Pass Creek where they ran a ranch breeding prize-winning Polled Hereford cattle.
With files from Lisa Steacy