Ian Waddell

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For the Scottish murderer, see Patrick Meehan.

Ian Gardiner Waddell (born November 21, 1942) is a Canadian politician.

Life and career[edit]

Waddell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and as a child immigrated to Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with bachelor of arts in history and an LLB, a teaching diploma Ontario College of Education and a master's in international law from the London School of Economics.[1]

He has worked for the City of Vancouver as an assistant city prosecutor and also practiced as a criminal lawyer.[2] As head of the Vancouver Community Lawyers he was counsel on the first successful consumer class action in Canada.[3] From his position with the community legal assistance society, Waddell went on to be counsel at ex-Justice Tom Berger’s landmark Mackenzie Valley Pipeline inquiry.[4]

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1979 general election, representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway between 1979 and 1988 and the riding of Port Moody—Coquitlam between 1988 and 1993.[2] He was a candidate to succeed Ed Broadbent as leader of the New Democratic Party in 1989.[5] He lost his seat in the 1993 federal election.[6] While in federal politics, he was the NDP Energy Critic at the time of the National Energy Program. Waddell also drafted Section 92A, and Section 35 the native rights amendment to the repatriated Canadian Constitution in 1981.[7]

In 1996 Waddell moved to provincial politics where he was elected to Legislative Assembly to represent the riding of Vancouver-Fraserview.[2] He served in several positions in the British Columbia NDP governments of the 1990s, including Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture from February 1998 to November 2000. under Glen Clark, and Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks under Ujjal Dosanjh from November 2000 to April 2001.[2] As Minister, Waddell was responsible for the first Olympic Bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic games in Vancouver and Whistler, beating out well financed Calgary and political favorite Quebec City.

Waddell is also an author. In 2002, he released the political mystery A Thirst to Die For, and is working on his memoir.[8] Currently Waddell is a documentary film producer and a consultant in environmental and aboriginal affairs.[8] In December 2013 he was appointed the honorary title of Queen's Counsel for his exceptional merit and contribution.[7]


Preceded by
Simma Holt
Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway
Succeeded by
riding abolished
Preceded by
riding created
Member of Parliament for Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
Succeeded by
Sharon Hayes
Preceded by
Bernie Simpson
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Vancouver-Fraserview
Succeeded by
Ken Johnston