Abbotsford MP Ed Fast is among 28 British Columbia lawyers who have been appointed Queen’s counsel. The Queen’s counsel designation is an honour conferred on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. Successful candidates demonstrate professional integrity and good character, and must be members of the B.C. bar for at least five years. Each September, the attorney general calls for Queen’s counsel nominations from the public. All applications were reviewed by an advisory committee, which recommended deserving candidates to the attorney general. The appointments are subsequently made by cabinet through an order-in-council. Fast is the federal Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. Before being elected Member of Parliament for Abbotsford in 2006, he served nine years on city council. He was called to the B.C. bar in 1983, practising corporate law, wills and estates and conveyancing in the Fraser Valley area.