|Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy of British Columbia|
July 18, 2017
|Preceded by||Jordan Sturdy|
|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
May 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Margaret MacDiarmid|
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
George Heyman is a social, environmental and labour activist and politician in British Columbia. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2013 provincial election, representing the district of Vancouver-Fairview as a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party.
Heyman was head of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union from 1999 to 2008. From April 2009 to December 31, 2012 Heyman served as executive director of the Sierra Club BC. Effective January 1, 2013, he took a leave of absence to run in the provincial election. He oversaw the financial and administrative health of the organization as well as being Sierra Club’s primary public spokesperson on issues regarding energy, mining, conservation of species and habitat, climate change, environmental assessment, forest management and sustainable economic alternatives.
The nominating contest was described by Norman Ruff, professor emeritus at the University of Victoria, as a “clash of titans.” Heyman defeated high profile Vancouver city councillor Geoff Meggs. While both candidates were considered potential cabinet material, The Globe and Mail reported that Heyman had “the right stuff to be a power player” in an NDP government.
George previously served as the Opposition spokesperson for the Environment, Green Economy and Technology. Until February 2016 he also held responsibility for Film, Television and Translink.
On July 18, 2017 George Heyman was appointed the Minister of Environment and Climate Change in the newly formed NDP government.
|British Columbia general election, 2017: Vancouver-Fairview|
|New Democratic||George Heyman||16,035||54.12|
|Your Political Party||Joey Doyle||149||0.50|
|Total Valid Votes||29,627||100.00|
|Source: Elections BC|
- "Riding results: New Democrat George Heyman wins a narrow victory in Vancouver Fairview". Vancouver Sun, May 14, 2013.
- "George Heyman has right stuff to be power player for NDP if elected". The Globe and Mail, October 23, 2012.
- "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
|British Columbia Provincial Government of John Horgan|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Jordan Sturdy||Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy
July 18, 2017–