|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
May 16, 2001 – May 12, 2009
|Preceded by||Joan Sawicki|
|Succeeded by||Riding Abolished|
October 31, 1937|
|Died||November 21, 2016
Surrey, British Columbia
|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. He represented the riding of Burnaby-Willingdon from 2001 to 2009 for the British Columbia Liberal Party.
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.
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.
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.
Nuraney died at the age of 79 on November 21, 2016.
|Progressive Democrat||Thomas Reekie||1,161||5.03%||–||$210|
|Reform||Sunny G. Sodhi||999||4.33%||$28,321|
|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%|
|British Columbia general election, 2001: Burnaby-Willingdon|
|New Democratic||Dave Myles||4,608||25.19||$18,928|
|Council of British Columbians||Dennis MacAuley||240||1.30||$190|
|Total valid votes||18,296||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||158||0.86|
|British Columbia general election, 2005: Burnaby-Willingdon|
|New Democratic||Gabriel Yiu||8,355||42.00||$43,004|
|Democratic Reform||Tony Kuo||947||4.76||$1,752|
|British Columbia general election, 2009: Burnaby-Deer Lake|
|New Democratic||Kathy Corrigan||8,103||48.75||$92,681|
|Total Valid Votes||16,622||100|
|Total Rejected Ballots||156||0.93|
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- John Nuraney Biography at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia