David Anderson

Cowichan Watershed Advisory Board


Vancouver Island born David Anderson studied economics and law at UBC, where he also was a member of the silver medal winning UBC and Canadian Olympic eight oared rowing crew.  He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1968, elected to the BC Legislature in 1972, elected again to the House of Commons in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2004.  His career in politics has been marked by strong environmental concerns–he founded and was the first chair of the House of Commons Special Committee on Environmental Pollution, and led Canadian efforts to minimize the risks to the Canadian West Coast from tanker traffic resulting from the development of the TransAlaska Pipeline and tanker route south of Valdez.  He served as Minister of Revenue (1993 to 1995); Minister of Transport (19995 to 1997); Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (1997 to 1999); and Minister of Environment (1999 to 2004).