Julian West (politician)

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Julian West is a mathematician and former political activist from British Columbia, Canada.

Early life and career[edit]

West was born in England and moved to Canada as a young child. As a high school student, he represented Canada in Canada's first participation at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Washington, DC, USA, earning a bronze medal.[1] After attending high school in Vancouver, West earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Richard P. Stanley. He has taught at universities in Canada, France and the United States, and currently resides in Bristol, England.

Green Party[edit]

In 1995, West joined the Green Party of British Columbia and the Green Party of Canada. He ran provincially as a Green in the constituency of Cowichan-Ladysmith in 1996, losing to NDP incumbent Jan Pullinger. West held many high-level positions within the Green Party, notably serving as the chair of the provincial organizing committee, and later as the chair of the federal organizing committee. He was the Green Party's representative on Elections Canada's Advisory Committee of Political Parties from 1997 until 2003.

West was associated with the left-wing progressive element of the Green Party. He left the Green Party of British Columbia after Stuart Parker was ousted as its leader in March, 2000, and left the Green Party of Canada in 2003, citing differences with its new leader Jim Harris.

Electoral reform advocacy[edit]

West has been one of the most prominent advocates for proportional representation in Canada. He is a former director of Fair Vote Canada, and has held similar positions in British Columbia organizations including Fair Voting BC.

In September 2004, West was one of nine British Columbians chosen to address the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform in plenary session. He spoke in favour of the selection of BC-STV as a new voting system for the province. West later campaigned in favour of BC-STV in the 2005 referendum.

NDP candidacies[edit]

West joined the New Democratic Party in October 2003. He was an unsuccessful candidate for his party's nomination in Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca for the 2004 federal election, and in Cowichan-Ladysmith for the 2005 BC provincial election.

On April 21, 2007, West defeated three other candidates to win the NDP nomination in the riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands for the 2008 federal election.

On September 23, 2008, after some controversy and allegations of impropriety, West withdrew his candidacy for the Saanich—Gulf Islands seat. Because the nomination deadline had already passed, West's withdrawal was too late for a new NDP candidate to be nominated. West's name remained on the ballot and although he ran no campaign, he garnered 5.69% of the vote.[2][3][4]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2008: Saanich—Gulf Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Gary Lunn 27,988 43.43 +6.28
Liberal Briony Penn 25,367 39.36 +13.28
Green Andrew Lewis 6,732 10.45 +0.51
New Democratic Julian West 3,667 5.69 −20.85
Libertarian Dale P. Leier 246 0.38
Western Block Patricia O'Brien 195 0.3 +0.03
Canadian Action Jeremy Arney 139 0.2
Christian Heritage Dan Moreau 114 0.2
Total valid votes 64,448 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 179 0.27
Turnout 64,639 70.40
Conservative hold Swing −3.50
Julian West was selected as the New Democratic Party candidate for the 2008 election, but withdrew after the filing deadline following a scandal.[5] Because of the late withdrawal his name did appear on the ballot.
B.C. General Election 1996: Cowichan-Ladysmith
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
     NDP Jan Pullinger 12,249 49.85% $32,625
Liberal Ray Smith 7,783 31.68% $14,683
Reform Tom Walker 2,434 9.91% $14,763
Progressive Democrat Perry James Johnston 1,459 5.94% $1,983
Green Julian West 645 2.63% $3,167
Total Valid Votes 24,570 100.00%
Total Rejected Ballots 117 0.47%
Turnout 24,687 73.97%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Mathematical Olympiad". International Mathematical Olympiad. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ McCulloch, S (September 24, 2008). "Departure of NDP candidate throws race wide open". Times Colonist. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Internet exposing skeletons in candidates’ closets". Montreal Gazette. September 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  4. ^ Joyce, Greg (September 26, 2008). "NDP candidate resigns over naked swim". Toronto: The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  5. ^ Colonist, Times (2008-09-24). "Departure of NDP candidate throws race wide open". Canada.com. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 

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