Gary Holman (politician)

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Gary Holman
Gary Holman Portrait.jpg
Gary Holman, April 2013
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Saanich North and the Islands
In office
May 14, 2013 – May 9, 2017
Preceded by Murray Coell
Personal details
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Profession Economist

Gary Holman is a Canadian politician, who served in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 2013 to 2017.[1] He represented the electoral district of Saanich North and the Islands as a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party.

Holman narrowly won the seat in the 2013 provincial election, in an almost perfect three-way split with the Liberal and Green candidates.[2] He was defeated in the 2017 election by Adam Olsen, the same Green candidate he had faced in 2013.

He was previously the party's candidate in the same district in the 2009 election, losing narrowly to then-incumbent MLA Murray Coell.

Prior to being an MLA, Holman served for six years as the Capital Regional District director for Salt Spring Island, and is credited for getting the island's first BC Transit bus started.

Holman is an economist with a master's degree from Simon Fraser University, and has worked as a consulting economist for various initiatives across BC, including the Nisga'a Treaty.

Holman was the party's lead spokesperson on democratic reform, and the deputy spokesperson for BC Ferries and the environment.

Electoral record[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2017: Saanich North and the Islands
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes %
Green Adam Olsen 13,425 41.73
New Democratic Gary Holman 9,761 30.34
Liberal Stephen P. Roberts 8.654 26.90
Independent Jordan Templeman 333 1.04
Total valid votes 32,173 100.00
Source: Elections BC[3]
British Columbia general election, 2013: Saanich North and the Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Gary Holman 10,515 33.27 -10.88
Liberal Stephen Roberts 10,352 32.76 -11.90
Green Adam Olsen 10,136 32.07 +20.84
Independent Scott McEachern 599 1.90 +0
Total valid votes 31,602
British Columbia general election, 2009: Saanich North and the Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Murray Coell 13,120 44.91 +0.9
New Democratic Gary Holman 12,875 44.07 +6.9
Green Tom Bradfield 3,220 11.02 −4.1
Total valid votes 29,215


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