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Former B.C. cabinet minister Ed Conroy dies at 73

Last Updated Jun 27, 2020 at 7:27 pm PDT

Ed Conroy, pictured with his wife Katrine Conroy. (Courtesy katrineconroy.ca)
Summary

Ed Conroy, who was 73, died Friday of natural causes

Conroy served as served as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Minister Responsible for Rural Development

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.

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