Dan Ashton Candid

Dan Ashton was elected MLA for Penticton on May 14, 2013 and is British Columbia’s Critic for Indigenous Relations.


About Dan

Dan Ashton was elected MLA for Penticton on May 14, 2013.

In August of 2017, he was named Critic for Indigenous Relations

On December 18, 2014 he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Finance. From June 2013 until his most recent appointment, he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Responsible for Core Review.

He has servedas the Chair of Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, is a member of the Treasury Board and the Select Standing Committee on Legislative Services, and was the vice-chair of the Cabinet Working Group on Core Review. Dan has been the Premier’s representative to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) since September 2014.

Before being elected as an MLA, Dan served two terms as Mayor of the City of Penticton following three consecutive terms as a councillor. He served ten terms as Chair of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, and spent four years as a trustee on the Municipal Finance Authority.

While Dan was born in Edmonton, his family moved to Penticton two weeks after his birth and he considers himself a proud Okanaganite. The Ashton family business was retail, with locations in the Okanagan, Kootenays and the Lower Mainland.

Dan and his wife Monique have two children, Coleton and Chantal. The Ashton family prides itself on being active in the community.