Jinny Sims

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Jinny Sims
Critic for Employment
In office
August 13, 2013 – November 19, 2015
Leader Thomas Mulcair
Preceded by Chris Charlton
Succeeded by Karen Vecchio
Critic for Immigration
In office
April 19, 2012 – August 13, 2013
Leader Thomas Mulcair
Preceded by Don Davies
Succeeded by Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
Critic for International Cooperation
In office
October 3, 2011 – April 18, 2012
Leader Nycole Turmel
Preceded by Hélène Laverdière
Succeeded by Romeo Saganash
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Surrey-Panorama
Assumed office
May 9, 2017
Preceded by Marvin Hunt
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Newton—North Delta
In office
May 30, 2011 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Sukh Dhaliwal
Succeeded by Sukh Dhaliwal
Personal details
Born (1952-06-07) June 7, 1952 (age 65)
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Stephen Sims
Residence Surrey, British Columbia

Jinny Jogindera Sims (born June 7, 1952) is an Indian-born Canadian politician, who was elected as a New Democratic Party Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2017 provincial election in Surrey-Panorama. She previously was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election.[1] She represented the electoral district of Newton—North Delta as a member of the New Democratic Party.

Sims emigrated to England from Punjab, India at the age of nine. She earned a Bachelor of Education degree at the Victoria University of Manchester (now the University of Manchester). Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1975,[2] spending two years in Quebec before moving to Nanaimo where she was a high school teacher until the early-2000s.[3] She was elected president of the BC Teachers' Federation in 2004[4] and served in that role until 2007. In her role as president of the BCTF, she was involved in the May 2005 provincial election when the BC Liberal Party, a week before the election, accused the BCTF of having a "secret plan" to strike two days after the election;[5] the organization subsequently filed a defamation lawsuit.[6] When the teachers, who had been working for over a year without a contract, did provide strike notice in September 2005, the provincial government immediately extended, by legislation, the last contract to June 2006 and made a potential strike illegal.[7] Regardless, Sims led the teachers in job action, culminating in a two-week strike. The Labour Relations Board determined the strike illegal and the BC Supreme Court found the BCTF in civil contempt of court, fined the BCTF $500,000 and ordered the BCTF not pay the teachers a strike pay.[8][9][10] The strike ended when the membership voted to accept a $150 million mediated settlement which both the government and the BCTF executive had endorsed.[11] Sims's BCTF successfully negotiated a five-year contract in June 2006.[12]

Electoral record[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2017: Surrey-Panorama
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Jinny Sims 10,910 50.53
Liberal Puneet Sandhar 9,126 42.27
Green Veronica Laurel Greer 1,437 6.66
Refederation Liz Galenzoski 117 0.54
Total valid votes 21,590 100.00
Source: Elections BC[13]
Canadian federal election, 2015: Surrey—Newton
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal 24,869 55.98 +21.90
New Democratic Jinny Sims 11,604 26.12 -9.17
Conservative Harpreet Singh 6,976 15.70 -11.72
Green Pamela Sangha 975 2.2 -0.40
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,424 100.0     $197,640.76
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 44,424 68.55
Eligible voters 64,798
Liberal notional gain from New Democratic Swing +15.54
Source: Elections Canada[14][15]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Newton—North Delta
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jinny Sims 15,413 33.42 +7.29
Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal 14,510 31.46 -4.96
Conservative Mani Kaur Fallon 14,437 31.30 +0.39
Green Liz Walker 1,520 3.30 -2.30
Independent Ravi S. Gill 123 0.27
Communist Sam Hammond 116 0.25 -0.02
Total valid votes/Expense limit 46,119 100.00
Total rejected ballots 294 0.63 +0.07
Turnout 46,413 62.59 +0.52
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +5.79


  1. ^ "Election 2011: Newton—North Delta". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Jinny Sims". jinnysims.ndp.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-01-20. 
  3. ^ Cordery, Walter (February 12, 2004). "Jinny Sims seeking B.C. union's top job". Nanaimo Daily News. Nanaimo, British Columbia. p. A5. 
  4. ^ "Teachers elect Jinny Sims as new president". The Province. Vancouver, British Columbia. 17 Mar 2004. p. A7. 
  5. ^ Mason, Chris (May 20, 2005). "Liberals, BCTF ready to bury ill will from election campaign". Times Colonist. Victoria, British Columbia. p. A6. 
  6. ^ Bellett, Gerry (May 27, 2005). "B.C. teachers take Premier to court: Campbell 'defamed' union". National Post. p. A7. 
  7. ^ Bailey, Ian; Jack Keating (October 4, 2005). "Teachers contract legislated: Imposed deal offers no salary increase, blocks job action". The Province. Vancouver, British Columbia. p. A3. 
  8. ^ Mickleburgh, Rod (October 10, 2005). "Teachers guilty of contempt, B.C. judge concludes". The Globe and Mail. p. A4. 
  9. ^ Bridge, Maurice (October 22, 2005). "Judge slaps $500,000 fine on teachers: Penalty for illegal strike may yet be increased". Times Colonist. Victoria, British Columbia. p. A3. 
  10. ^ Mickleburgh, Rod (October 14, 2005). "B.C. court orders halt to teachers' strike pay". The Globe and Mail. p. A1. 
  11. ^ Shaw, Rob; Darah Hansen; Janet Steffenhagen; Jonathan Fowlie (October 24, 2005). "Teachers back at work but fight far from over". Times Colonist. Victoria, British Columbia. p. A2. 
  12. ^ Chung, Emily (July 3, 2006). "Pressure from public hastened teachers' deal". The Vancouver Sun. Vancouver, British Columbia. p. A3. 
  13. ^ "2017 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results". Elections BC. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Surrey—Newton, 30 September 2015
  15. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine.

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