Robin Austin was re-elected as the MLA for Skeena in May 2013. He was first elected to the legislature in May 2005, and again in 2009.
Robin previously served as the New Democrat Opposition spokesperson for Northern Economic Development.
Robin was born in Britain and spent his early years living in Ghana, West Africa, before returning to the United Kingdom where he completed his schooling.
After graduation, Robin pursued a bachelor of arts degree from Strathclyde University in Scotland, where he majored in hotel management. It was while working in fine hotels abroad that he met his wife, Colleen, a Canadian.
Robin spent several years in Toronto before moving to the West Coast, where Colleen has her roots. After working at UBC, then moving to Victoria, where he had a hand in opening Camilles, a popular restaurant in Bastion Square, the family decided to settle in Terrace.
In Terrace, Robin pursued his social work degree and was employed as a community schools coordinator for a non-profit society, as well as serving as a foster parent.
It was while acting as a foster parent that Robin’s passion for politics was ignited. Seeing both the deep need for resources to improve the lives of children, and the government’s lack of action, Robin was determined to act to improve the system.
During his first term, Robin was the Opposition critic for fisheries, and was the chair of the Special Legislative Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture. As chair of the committee, he delivered a report that made 55 wide-ranging recommendations to improve aquaculture in the province, including a recommendation to move the salmon farming industry to ocean-based closed-containment within five years, in the interests of protecting wild salmon stocks.
As the critic for fisheries, Robin spearheaded efforts to keep the mouth of the Skeena River fish farm free, as well as efforts to protect the Sacred Headwaters from coalbed methane extraction. Robin has also served as Opposition critic for Education and Natural Gas Development.
Robin and his wife are the parents of two young adults.