Harold Steves

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Harold Steves, born 1937, in Richmond, British Columbia, is a Canadian politician. Steves is a current and long term city councillor on Richmond City Council, British Columbia, first elected in 1969 and re-elected in 1977, after serving one term as the New Democratic Party of British Columbia MLA from 1973-1975.

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Early and current life

The Steves family is one of Richmond's first founding families, after which the community of Steveston is named. Manoah and Martha Steves were the first settlers in the area, arriving in 1877. They imported the first purebred Holstein cattle into BC, established a dairy to provide milk for the fledgling City of Vancouver and were Western Canada's first seedsmen. Born of Maude and Harold Sr., Harold and wife Kathy still reside in the old Steves farmhouse, built in 1917, on what is now an cattle farm surrounded by residential development. Harold is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BSc in Agriculture.

A former school teacher and active rancher by profession, Harold is very active in community life in the Steveston area, and is particularly interested in the preservation of farmland, heritage preservation, and environmental issues.

In the mid-1960s Harold drafted the initial resolutions to NDP conventions to establish an Agricultural Land Bank system in British Columbia. As an MLA he was active in the establishment of...
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