Don Davies

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Don Davies
LLB (Alberta) BA (Alberta) MP
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Vancouver Kingsway
Assumed office
Preceded by David Emerson
Personal details
Born (1963-01-16) January 16, 1963 (age 52)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Vancouver, British Columbia
Profession Lawyer

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, 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, Canada-Philippines and Canada-Europe Parliamentary Associations, and is a Canadian Parliamentary Delegate to the Council of Europe.

Life and career[edit]

Davies was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Law Degree (LL.B.) at the University of Alberta. After gaining admission to the Alberta Bar, Davies was employed as a researcher at the Alberta Legislature and then executive assistant for policy and communications to the Hon. Ray Martin, Leader of the Official Opposition of Alberta from 1989 to 1991.

Davies and his family moved to Vancouver in 1991. In 1992 he became the Director of Legal Services 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, and enjoys playing the violin.

Long-time residents in Vancouver Kensington, Davies has been married for 29 years to Sheryl Palm, a speech language pathologist. They have three children and a granddaughter.

Davies is one of the most active members of the House of Commons. He consistently ranks in the top five in terms of private members legislation and debate participation.

His legislative priorities include pressing for affordable housing, universal childcare, better public pensions, Canadian economic development and stronger environmental protection.

Electoral history[edit]

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. 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, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Don Davies 15,933 35.20% +1.7% $81,501
Liberal Wendy Yuan 13,164 29.02% -14.4% $79,758
Conservative Salomon Rayek 12,419 27.43% +8.64% $70,829
Green Doug Warkentin 3,031 6.7% +3.87% $3,478
Libertarian Matt Kadioglu 309 0.68% +0.09% --
Communist Kimball Cariou 291 0.64% +0.29% $391
Marxist–Leninist Donna Peterson 149 0.33% +0.19%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,296 100% $84,758
Total rejected ballots 328
Turnout 45,624

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Don Davies 23,457 50.08 +14.88%
Conservative Trang Nguyen 13,157 28.09 +.66%
Liberal Wendy Yuan 7,796 16.64 -12.38%
Green Louise Boutin 1,860 3.97 -2.73%
Libertarian Matt Kadioglu 275 0.59 -11.0%
Communist Kimball Cariou 220 0.47 -24.3%
Marxist–Leninist Donna Peterson 78 0.17 -47.6%
Total valid votes/Expense limit - 100.00%


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