Shane Simpson

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The Honourable
Shane Simpson
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Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction of British Columbia
Assumed office
July 18, 2017
Premier John Horgan
Preceded by Michelle Stilwell
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Vancouver-Hastings
Assumed office
May 17, 2005
Preceded by Joy MacPhail
Personal details
Born Vancouver, British Columbia
Political party New Democrat

Shane Simpson is the current MLA for Vancouver-Hastings in the Canadian province of British Columbia. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 2005 election.[1]

He is a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party and served as the official opposition critic for the environment from 2005 to 2009. He served as critic for Housing, ICBC, the BC Lottery Corporation and the BC Liquor Distribution Branch from 2009 until 2012. In addition Simpson is the NDP Caucus Chair.

Early life and career[edit]

Born and raised in East Vancouver, Shane has been active in his community for over 30 years. He led the fight to stop Lafarge from building a concrete batch plant beside New Brighton Park, a popular and historically significant park facing Burrard Inlet.

In his professional career, Shane has worked as the Director of Policy and Communications for Smart Growth BC, Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, Instructor in the Community Economic Development program at Simon Fraser University, Executive Director of the Worker Ownership Resource Center, Legislative Coordinator for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, coordinator and fundraiser for the Ray Cam Cooperative Center, executive assistant to former Vancouver East MP Margaret Mitchell, and as a self-employed consultant on business and economic development for labour, co-operative and non-profit groups.

Shane was the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his contribution to community in 2002. In 1992, he was awarded the Governor General's 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal for Community Service.

He lives in East Vancouver with his wife and daughter.


He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 2005 election. He was re-elected in the 2009 election, 2013 election, and the 2017 election.

Election results[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2017: Vancouver-Hastings
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Shane Simpson 12,468 59.36
Liberal Jane Spitz 4,692 22.34
Green David H.T. Wong 3,660 17.42
Communist Kimball Mark Cariou 185 0.88
Total valid votes 21,005 100.00
Source: Elections BC[2]
B.C. General Election 2013: Vancouver-Hastings
Party Candidate Votes % ±
New Democratic Shane Simpson 12,782 59.51%
Liberal Fatima Siddiqui 5,936 27.64%
Green Brennan Wauters 2,386 11.11%
Social Credit Carrol B. Woolsey 374 1.74%
Total Valid Votes 21478 100%
Total Rejected Ballots 206 0.96%
Turnout 21684 53.21%

British Columbia general election, 2009: Vancouver-Hastings
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Shane Simpson 10,837 55.45 $66,781
Liberal Haida Lane 6,323 32.35 $42,119
Green Ryan Daniel Conroy 2,012 10.29 $4,137
Work Less Chris Telford 198 1.01 $250
Sex Dietrich Pajonk 99 0.51 $268
People's Front Donna Petersen 75 0.38 $250
Total Valid Votes 19,565 100
Total Rejected Ballots 163 0.83
Turnout 19,728 50.58


External links[edit]

British Columbia Provincial Government of John Horgan
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Michelle Stilwell Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
July 18, 2017–