John Nuraney

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John Nuraney
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Burnaby-Willingdon
In office
May 16, 2001 – May 12, 2009
Preceded by Joan Sawicki
Succeeded by Riding Abolished
Personal details
Born (1937-10-31)October 31, 1937[1]
Mombasa, Kenya
Died November 21, 2016(2016-11-21) (aged 79)
Surrey, British Columbia
Political party Liberal
Residence Surrey, British Columbia
Occupation politician & businessman

John Nuraney (October 31, 1937 – November 21, 2016) was a Canadian politician who was the first Muslim elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.[3] He represented the riding of Burnaby-Willingdon from 2001 to 2009 for the British Columbia Liberal Party.[4]

Nuraney first contested the riding of Burnaby-Willingdon in 1996, challenging former Speaker Joan Sawicki. He lost by 823 votes. Upon Sawicki's retirement in 2001, Nuraney captured the riding by over 5000 votes in 2001.

In the 2009 election, Nuraney stood for re-election in the new district of Burnaby-Deer Lake, but was defeated by New Democrat Kathy Corrigan.

Personal life[edit]

Nuraney was born in Kenya, and worked in London, Zurich and Zaire as an insurance professional. He immigrated to Canada from Zaire in 1974 after his assets and business were nationalized by the Zairian government in 1973.[3]

His business investments in Canada included five A&W Restaurant franchises.[1]

After his retirement due to the 2009 election loss, he moved from Burnaby to Surrey, British Columbia. Nuraney served as vice-president for the federal Liberal party's electoral district association for Cloverdale-Langley City.[5]

Nuraney spoke six languages: English, French, Swahili, Lingala, Hindi and Gujarati.[3]

He and his wife Gulshan[2] had three children,[3] Nick, Asim and Naseem.[1] One of whom was a federal minister's assistant then a communications executive at Fraser Health.

Nuraney died at the age of 79 on November 21, 2016.

Electoral history[edit]

B.C. General Election 1996: Burnaby-Willingdon
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
     NDP Joan Sawicki 10,501 45.54% $35,882
Liberal John Nuraney 9,678 41.97% $46,603
Progressive Democrat Thomas Reekie 1,161 5.03% $210
Reform Sunny G. Sodhi 999 4.33% $28,321
Green Joe Keithley 458 1.99% $160
Conservative Peter B. MacDonald 190 0.82% $100
     Natural Law Henriette Toth 74 0.32% $134
Total Valid Votes 23,061 100.00%
Total Rejected Ballots 183 0.79%
Turnout 23,244 71.73%
British Columbia general election, 2001: Burnaby-Willingdon
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal John Nuraney 10,207 55.79 $46,187
New Democratic Dave Myles 4,608 25.19 $18,928
Green Joe Keithley 2,879 15.74 $2,419
Marijuana Pamela Zak 362 1.98 $394
Council of British Columbians Dennis MacAuley 240 1.30 $190
Total valid votes 18,296 100.00
Total rejected ballots 158 0.86
Turnout 18,454 70.07
British Columbia general election, 2005: Burnaby-Willingdon
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal John Nuraney 8,754 44.00 $51,211
New Democratic Gabriel Yiu 8,355 42.00 $43,004
Green Pauline Farrell 1,482 7.45 $225
Democratic Reform Tony Kuo 947 4.76 $1,752
Marijuana John Warrens 214 1.08 $0
Independent Tom Tao 142 0.71 $0
Total 19,894 100.00
British Columbia general election, 2009: Burnaby-Deer Lake
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Kathy Corrigan 8,103 48.75 $92,681
Liberal John Nuraney 7,591 45.67 $116,999
Green Bruce Friesen 928 5.58 $1,633
Total Valid Votes 16,622 100
Total Rejected Ballots 156 0.93
Turnout 16,778 48.65

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nuraney, John (Burnaby-Willingdon)". Encyclopedia.com. Canadian Parliamentary Guide. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Jetelina, Margaret (2011-08-31). "Entrepreneur John Nuraney enters politics to give back to the less fortunate". Canadian Immigrant. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Canadian Press (2016-11-21). "John Nuraney, B.C.'s first elected Muslim MLA dies; Clark pays tribute". Alaska Highway News. Archived from the original on 2016-11-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.vancouversun.com/news/vancouver/election+results+Burnaby+Westminster/1589626/story.html
  5. ^ Lang, Jennifer (2014-05-15). "Liberals aiming to make history in Cloverdale-Langley City". Cloverdale Reporter. 

External links[edit]

  • John Nuraney Biography at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia