Art Lee

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Arthur John Lee
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Vancouver East
In office
Preceded by Paddy Neale
Succeeded by Margaret Mitchell
Leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party
In office
Preceded by Shirley McLoughlin
Succeeded by Gordon Wilson
Personal details
Born (1947-09-30) September 30, 1947 (age 67)
Lethbridge, Alberta
Political party Liberal
Portfolio Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada (1976–1977)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (1975–1976)

Arthur John Lee (born September 30, 1947) is a politician and lawyer in British Columbia (BC), Canada.

Lee was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a candidate of the Liberal Party of Canada to represent the electoral district of Vancouver East (BC) in the 1974 federal election. He lost the subsequent election in 1979 and again in 1980.

From 1984 to 1987, he served as the leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party at a time when the party was very unpopular because of its association with the federal Liberal Party. He was the first Chinese Canadian leader of a party in Canada. The party had no seats in the British Columbia Legislative Assembly during his leadership. In the 1986 election, however, the party won 6.74% of the popular vote, more than double they had won in the previous election.

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Margaret Anne Mitchell 14,245 43.91 +1.21
Liberal Arthur John "Art" Lee 12,979 40.01 +0.97
Progressive Conservative David N. Kilbey 4,742 14.62 -1.92
Rhinoceros Dandy Randy Lyttle 198 0.61
Communist J. Fred Wilson 179 0.55 +0.02
Independent Paul Tetreault 61 0.19
Marxist–Leninist Chaouac Ferron 34 0.10 -0.03
Total valid votes 32,438 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing +0.12
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Margaret Anne Mitchell 13,697 42.71 +6.44
Liberal Arthur John "Art" Lee 12,522 39.04 +2.57
Progressive Conservative Cecil H. Leng 5,304 16.54 -8.91
Social Credit Carlo Dallavalle 334 1.04
Communist J. Fred Wilson 170 0.53 -0.59
Marxist–Leninist Brian K. Sproule 44 0.14 -0.55
Total valid votes 32,071 100.0  
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +1.94
Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Arthur J. "Art" Lee 9,671 36.48 +5.13
New Democratic C.P. Paddy Neale 9,614 36.26 -12.55
Progressive Conservative Hartley Hubbs 6,747 25.45 +8.91
Communist Maurice Rush 298 1.12 +0.38
Marxist–Leninist Charles Boylan 181 0.68
Total valid votes 26,511 100.0  
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +8.84