Sue Hammell

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Sue Hammell
MLA
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Surrey-Green Timbers
In office
May 17, 2005 – May 9, 2017
Preceded by Brenda Locke
In office
October 17, 1991 – May 16, 2001
Preceded by Riding Established
Succeeded by Brenda Locke
Personal details
Born (1945-06-18) June 18, 1945 (age 71)
Richmond, British Columbia
Political party NDP
Residence Surrey, British Columbia

Sue Hammell , MLA (born June 18, 1945) is a Canadian politician who is the former MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers in the province of British Columbia for most of the years between 1991 and 2017, she retired did and not seek re-election in May 2017.[1][2]

Her most recent appointment is Official Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Substance Use. Previously her other Opposition roles were: Official Opposition Deputy House Leader and the Opposition Critic for Women’s Issues, Child Care and Early Learning. Her previous government cabinet minister appointments were:

  1. Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services
  2. Minister Responsible for Co-Operatives
  3. Minister of Women’s Equality

She moved with her husband to Surrey-Green Timbers area in 1990. Before entering provincial politics, she was the executive assistant to the mayor of the City of Surrey, British Columbia.[1]

As a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party, she was elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 1991 election and re-elected in 1996, but was defeated in the 2001 election.[3] When out of the legislature, she worked as executive director for Surrey Aboriginal Society in 2002. She then returned to the Assembly by winning the riding in the 2005 election, and was re-elected in 2009.[3]

On May 12, 2009, Sue Hammell won with the largest margin of support in BC out of 85 ridings with 72.7%.[citation needed]

In 1999, she was the founder of Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women.

Family[edit]

She and her husband John Pollard have one adult daughter, named Sage.

Election results[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2013: Surrey-Green Timbers
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Sue Hammell 9,386 58.06 -14.67
Liberal Amrik Tung 5,581 34.52 +10.49
Green Richard Hosein 655 4.05 +0.81
Conservative Lisa Maharaj 444 2.75
Vision Harjit Singh Heir 101 0.62
Total valid votes 16,167 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 194 1.29%
Turnout 16,361 52.32%
New Democratic hold Swing -12.58
British Columbia general election, 2009: Surrey-Green Timbers
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Sue Hammell 10,965 72.73% +11.91
Liberal Rani Mangat 3,624 24.03% −8.51
Green Dan Kashagama 488 3.24% −1.20
Total 15,077 100.00%
British Columbia general election, 2005: Surrey-Green Timbers
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Sue Hammell 10,836 60.82% +24.51
Liberal Brenda Locke 5,619 31.54% −17.41
Green Sebastian Sajda 791 4.44%
Marijuana Amanda Boggan 225 1.26% −2.39
Emerged Democracy Rob Norberg 151 0.85%
Democratic Reform Ravi Chand 142 0.80%
Communist Harjit Singh Daudharia 52 0.29% +0.38
Total 17,816 100.00%
B.C. General Election 2001: Surrey-Green Timbers
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Liberal Brenda Locke 7,539 48.95% +15.16% $46,658
     NDP Sue Hammell 5,592 36.31% -13.80% $37,237
Unity C. Lewis Robinson 1,067 6.93% n/a $7,196
Marijuana Dennis Kalsi 561 3.65% n/a $394
Reform Jim Paterson 538 3.49% -2.28% $3,277
Communist Harjit Singh Daudharia 103 0.67% +0.37% $332
Total valid votes 15,400 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 151 0.98%
Turnout 15,551 66.77%
B.C. General Election 1996: Surrey-Green Timbers
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
     NDP Sue Hammell 10,278 50.11% +3.95% $36,931
Liberal Bill Phelps 6,930 33.79% +0.47% $39,334
Reform Dominic Darmanin 1,183 5.77% n/a $7,188
Progressive Democrat Gerard Baisch 1,150 5.61% n/a
Family Coalition Gerhard Herwig 255 1.24% n/a $2,120
Green Romeo De La Pena 228 1.11% +0.64% $865
     Progressive Conservative Cliff Blair 179 0.87% n/a
Social Credit Victoria Kedzierski 114 0.56% -19.29% $1,048
     Independent Don Knight 101 0.49% n/a $1,245
Communist George Gidora 62 0.30% n/a $503
     Natural Law Ross Ranger 32 0.16% n/a $110
Total valid votes 20,512 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 254 1.22%
Turnout 20,766 69.40%
B.C. General Election 1991: Surrey-Green Timbers
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
     NDP Sue Hammell 8,708 46.16% n/a $32,800
Liberal Archibald McMurchy 6,324 33.52% n/a $4,777
Social Credit Russ Burtnick 3,744 19.85% n/a $35,747
Green Gjhrard Baisch 89 0.47% n/a
Total valid votes 18,865 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 512 2.64%
Turnout 19,377 72.04%

Cabinet Positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Ujjal Dosanjh
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Ujjal Dosanjh Minister of Multiculturalism & Immigration
February 29, 2000–February 15, 2001
Gulzar Cheema[4]
Helmut Giesbrecht Minister Responsible for the Public Service
February 29, 2000–February 15, 2001
Ministry Abolished
Provincial Government of Glen Clark
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Penny Priddy Minister for Women's Equality
February 28, 1996–July 19, 1999
Jenny Kwan
Provincial Government of Mike Harcourt
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Joan Smallwood Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services
October 26, 1995–February 22, 1996
Lois Boone[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Diakiw, Kevin (January 5, 2017). "Sue Hammell takes a bow". Surrey Leader newspaper. 
  2. ^ Shaw, Rob (January 4, 2017). "Veteran Surrey MLA Sue Hammell to retire from provincial politics". The Vancouver Sun. 
  3. ^ a b "MLA: Sue Hammell". Member Biography. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  4. ^ Succeeded January 26, 2004 as Minister of State for Immigration and Multicultural Services
  5. ^ Re-styled Municipal Affairs and Housing

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