Maurine Karagianis

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Maurine Karagianis
MLA for Esquimalt-Royal Roads
Incumbent
Assumed office
2005
Personal details
Political party New Democrat
Residence Esquimalt, British Columbia
Occupation businessperson, municipal councillor

Maurine Karagianis (born August 17, 1950) is a Canadian politician, currently the New Democratic Party MLA for the riding of Esquimalt-Royal Roads in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

She was first elected in the 2005 election, garnering almost 50 percent of votes cast and 2,895 more votes than the next closest candidate.[1] She was re-elected in 2009 to the new constituency of Esquimalt-Royal Roads.

In August 2007, Karagianis was appointed the Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Transportation in New Democrat leader Carole James' shadow cabinet. She had previously served as the Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry Children and Family Development, and, prior to that, the Ministry of Small Business and Revenue. Following the 2009 election, Maurine was again appointed as the Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Children and Family Development. In April 2011, Maurine was appointed Official Opposition Caucus Whip and presently continues to serve in this position.

Prior to serving as an MLA, she was elected as a municipal councillor in Esquimalt in 1996, and re-elected in 1999 and again in 2002. She is an entrepreneur, opening her own retail fashion store, operating a wholesale venture and a successful import/export business. She was also a co-founder of the Sunshine Folkfest in Powell River, BC.

Starting in 1998, she served three years with the provincial government as assistant to three NDP cabinet ministers – first in the Social Services ministry and then in Transportation and Highways. She recently ran a consulting company that works with non-profit organizations and First Nations communities to create affordable housing.

Electoral results[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2001: Esquimalt-Metchosin
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Arnie Hamilton 9,544 45.79% $41,647
New Democratic Maurine Karagianis 6,258 30.03% $19,636
Green Marilyn Sundeen 3,685 17.68% $3,878
Marijuana Christopher John Davies 534 2.56%
Conservative Bill Clarke 322 1.55% $941
Unity Bob Ward 268 1.29% $367
Independent Rick Berglund 105 0.50% $117
Independent Scott Attrill 68 0.33% $100
Independent Gerry McVeigh 57 0.27% $116
Total valid votes 20,841 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 86 0.41%
Turnout 20,927 69.49%
British Columbia general election, 2005: Esquimalt-Metchosin
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Maurine Karagianis 11,939 49.65%
Liberal Tom Woods 9,226 38.37%
Green Jane Sterk 2,489 10.35%
Democratic Reform Graeme Rodger 392 1.63%
British Columbia general election, 2009: Esquimalt-Royal Roads
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Maurine Karagianis 11,514 52.92%
Liberal Carl Ratsoy 6,579 30.24%
Green Jane Sterk 3,664 16.84%

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