For Immediate Release
May 27, 2014
Ministry of Finance
Statement on the death of Hon. Hugh Curtis, former B.C. minister of finance
VICTORIA – Finance Minister Michael de Jong issued the following statement on the passing of Hugh Curtis:
“As British Columbia’s longest-serving minister of finance, Hugh Curtis served British Columbians with distinction and dignity in the provincial legislature.
“Curtis had the challenge of managing the province’s finances during the 1980s, a time of great restraint under Premier William Bennett. His strong leadership helped guide the province through tumultuous economic times.
“In his roles, both as cabinet minister and mayor of Saanich, Curtis understood the need for fiscal prudence – a need we well understand today – and he undertook the challenge to make sure the province’s finances were in the best state possible.
“I know that all members of the Legislature of British Columbia will want to convey our respect for the work he performed on behalf of British Columbians and his municipal constituents and extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”
Hugh Curtis served as an MLA from 1972 to 1986. He was minister of municipal affairs from 1975 to 1978 and minister of finance from 1979 to 1986 under Premiers William Bennett and Bill Vander Zalm. Prior to being elected to the legislative assembly, he served as a Saanich councillor and mayor.
I confess I thought he had already died, but I think I was confusing him with the late Mel Couvelier, also a Saanich alderman that became a Socred MLA.