LLB (Alberta) BA (Alberta) MP
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Vancouver Kingsway
|Preceded by||David Emerson|
January 16, 1963 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Residence||Vancouver, British Columbia|
Don Davies MP (born January 16, 1963) is a Canadian Member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party, representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway. He is Canada's Official Opposition Critic for International Trade, Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade. A member of a number of parliamentary groups, he serves on the Executives of the Canada-China and Canada-Europe Parliamentary Associations and is a Canadian Parliament Delegate to the Council of Europe.
Life and career
Don Davies was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He earned a Bachelor of Political Science and a Law Degree (LL.B.) at the University of Alberta. After gaining admission to the Alberta Bar, Davies was employed as Researcher, Official Opposition Caucus, and Executive Assistant for Policy and Communications to the Hon. Ray Martin, Leader of the Official Opposition of Alberta from 1989-1991.
Don and his family moved to British Columbia in 1991. In 1992 he became the Director of Legal Resources for Teamsters Canada (Local 31) - a position he held until his election to the House of Commons in 2008.
Davies has served on numerous public bodies involving occupational health and safety, employment standards and transportation policy. He was Chair of the Mount Pleasant Parent Advisory Council and serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Meridian Cultural Society - providing public space for childcare, church and cultural events.
Davies has been active with many community organizations including Tools for Peace, Vancouver Co-op Radio, Lawyers for Social Responsibility, La Quena Cooperative and the Dickens Community Group. He has also been a local hockey coach.
He has been married for 29 years to Sheryl Palm, a speech pathologist at B.C. Children's Hospital. They have three children, Jaime, Jordan and Cerys, and a new grand-daughter, Sophia!
Davies was first elected during the 2008 federal election. He received 15,933 votes, winning the riding by almost 3000 votes over his nearest competitor.
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Don Davies||15,933||35.20%||+1.7%||$81,501|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||45,296||100%||$84,758|
|Total rejected ballots||328|
Davies was re-elected in the 2011 election, receiving over 50% of the votes cast and winning by 10,300 votes over his nearest competitor.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Don Davies||23,457||50.08||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||-||100.00%||–|
Don Davies is Canada's Official Opposition Critic for International Trade and Deputy Critic for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. He is also Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade.
Earlier, Davies was the New Democrat:
- Official Opposition Critic, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (2011-2012)
- Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (2011-2012)
- Critic, Public Safety and National Security (2009-2011)
- Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (2009-2011)
- Critic, Multiculturalism (2008-2011)
- Critic, Western Economic Diversification Canada(2008-2011)
Davies also served as New Democrat Deputy Critic for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (2008-2009)
Bills Introduced by Don Davies in the 41st Parliament:
C-340 National Renewable Energy Strategy Act — 2010 Create Your Canada winner. Establishes a national strategy for increasing the amount energy we derive from renewable sources.
C-351 Canadian Autism Day Act – Establishes April 23 as Canadian Autism Day in recognition and support of Canadians affected by Autism.
C-352 National Office for Fire and Emergency Response Statistics Act — Supports firefighters by creating a database of fire damage and deaths. This is a tool that firefighters have been calling for years.
C-353 An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act and the Income Tax Act (extra-energy-efficient products) — 2010 Create Your Canada winner – Creates incentives for Canadians to reduce their energy consumption by purchasing energy efficient products.
C-355 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (voting hours) —Extends voting hours on election day from 7am to 10pm so that all voters have the opportunity to mark their ballot.
C-367 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (tax credit for dues paid to veterans’ organizations) — Makes Legion and veteran’s association dues tax deductible.
C-368 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (voting age) — Reduces the voting age to 16, encouraging youth to vote.
C-369 An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on batteries for medical and assistive devices) — Removes the GST from batteries used in medical devices.
C-404 Temporary Resident Visa Processing Requirements Act — Requires visa officers to provide a detailed list of reasons when rejecting a visitor visa application.
C-405 An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (appeal process for temporary resident visa applicants) — Establishes a process to appeal when a visitor visa application is rejected.
C-415 An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (appeals) — Strengthens the appeal process for people who are denied permanent residency status due to conditions like autism, Down syndrome and other differences.
C-450 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (voting hours) — Changes Voting Hours in BC from 7am-7pm to 8am to 8pm, making it easier for people to get to the polls after work
C-455 An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (electronic products recycling program) — Establishes a recycling program for electronic products that contain toxic substances
Among his initiatives, Davies spearheaded Parliamentary inquiries into civil rights abuses at the G8 meetings in Toronto, chaired hearings concerning CSIS allegations of Chinese interference in Canadian politics and called for comprehensive overhaul of Canada's immigration system. He has consistently called for federal leadership in the core areas of affordable housing, national childcare and pharmacare programs, public education and poverty alleviation.