George Heyman

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George Heyman

George Heyman portrait.jpg
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy of British Columbia
Assumed office
July 18, 2017
PremierJohn Horgan
Preceded byJordan Sturdy
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Vancouver-Fairview
Assumed office
May 14, 2013
Preceded byMargaret MacDiarmid
Personal details
Political partyNew 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,[1] 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.


Heyman was nominated on October 21, 2012 as the British Columbia New Democratic Party candidate for Vancouver-Fairview in the 2013 provincial election.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

Heyman won the seat on election day, defeating BC Liberal cabinet minister Margaret MacDiarmid.[1]

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.[3]

Electoral record[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2017: Vancouver-Fairview
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic George Heyman 16,035 54.12
Liberal Gabe Garfinkel 9,436 31.85
Green Louise Boutin 4,007 13.52
Your Political Party Joey Doyle 149 0.50
Total Valid Votes 29,627 100.00
Source: Elections BC[4]


  1. ^ a b "Riding results: New Democrat George Heyman wins a narrow victory in Vancouver Fairview". Vancouver Sun, May 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "George Heyman has right stuff to be power player for NDP if elected". The Globe and Mail, October 23, 2012.
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  4. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 31 May 2017.

External links[edit]

British Columbia Provincial Government of John Horgan
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Jordan Sturdy Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy
July 18, 2017–