Former BC Conflict of Interest Commissioner Passes Away

January 17, 2011

H.A.D. (Bert) Oliver, Former BC Conflict of Interest Commissioner and a former BCSC judge, passed away at the age of 90.

Premier Campbell issued the following statement on January 16:

On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to express my condolences to Bert Oliver’s family and friends.

In a career that was dedicated to serving the public, Bert was British Columbia’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner for over ten years, from 1997 to 2007. He was a decorated Second World War veteran, a former Consul to Liberia and a B.C. Superior Court Justice.

We are fortunate that Bert shared his talents with the people of B.C. for many years in various capacities – lawyer, judge, Officer of the Legislature and ethics advisor to the Vancouver Police.

Bert’s participation in our provincial life will be sorely missed, and his contributions to British Columbia always remembered.

The current BC Conflict of Interest Commissioner, Paul D.K. Fraser, QC, issued the following statement today:

It is with great regret that we record the recent death of the Honourable H.A.D. Oliver, QC, who served as the Province’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner from August 7, 1997 to December 31, 2007.

Bert Oliver had a distinguished and colourful career in British Columbia over 58 years as a Barrister, Superior Court Judge and Officer of the Legislative Assembly. He will be fondly remembered by friends and colleagues as someone who understood the human condition and carried out his responsibilities in the public interest with common sense, compassion and understanding.

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