Fin Donnelly

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Fin Donnelly
Fin Donnelly.jpg
MP for New Westminster—Coquitlam
Assumed office
November 9, 2009
Preceded by Dawn Black
Personal details
Born (1966-05-27) May 27, 1966 (age 48)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Lynda Donnelly
Residence Coquitlam, British Columbia
Website Official website

Fin Donnelly (born May 27, 1966) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election on November 9, 2009, representing the electoral district of New Westminster—Coquitlam as a member of the New Democratic Party.[1] Prior to his election as a federal MP, he served two terms on city council in his hometown of Coquitlam.

An environmental activist, Donnelly has been active in raising public awareness of the rivers and watersheds of his home province of British Columbia. He has made fourteen marathon swims covering 3,200 km of BC's rivers, lakes and the ocean, including twice swimming the 1,400 km length of the Fraser River, saying Donnelly, after he swam the length of the Fraser River for the second time, to a man who accompanied him in a kayak, “wouldn’t it be amazing to get a program to have an experience that I just had.”[2] The purpose of these swims has been to draw attention to the environmental impacts on rivers, stimulate critical thought and promote community stewardship.[citation needed]

Donnelly founded the Rivershed Society of British Columbia in 1996. The society's vision is one of people making sustainable lifestyle choices in the Fraser River Basin. Since founding the society, he has made over 500 presentations to more than 40,000 people, and has visited 150 schools in 50 BC communities. He was elected to Coquitlam City Council as a councillor in 2002.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

A graduate of the University of Victoria with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, Donnelly lives with his wife Lynda in Coquitlam.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures[3]
New Democratic Fin Donnelly 23023 45.9 -3.7 69,420.54
Conservative Diana Dilworth 20806 41.5 +5.7 85,804.33
Liberal Ken Lee 4068 8.1 -2.2 22,734.54
Green Rebecca Helps 2160 4.3 +0.0 2,238.04
Marxist–Leninist Roland Verrier 95 0.2 +0.2 0.00
Total valid votes 100.00% -
By-election on November 9, 2009

resignation of Dawn Black

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Fin Donnelly 12,129 49.6 +7.8
Conservative Diana Dilworth 8,753 35.8 -3.0
Liberal Ken Lee 2,514 10.3 -1.0
Green Rebecca Helps 1,046 4.3 -2.9
Total valid votes 24,442
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 24,442 29.9%


  1. ^ "Tories take two in byelections". The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2009.
  2. ^ Granger, Grant. "New Westminster News Leader - Turning the Fraser into a classroom". New Westminster News Leader. New Westminster News Leader. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Financial Reports - New Westminster Coquitlam - 2011 General Election". Elections Canada. Retrieved August 26, 2014.