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|MLA for Vancouver-Burrard|
|Preceded by||Emery Barnes|
|Succeeded by||Lorne Mayencourt|
|Vancouver City Councillor|
|Political party||New Democratic
|Residence||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Religion||United Church of Canada|
Tim Stevenson (born in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian politician and United Church clergyman. He is currently an elected member of the Vancouver City Council as a member of Vision Vancouver. He is one of two openly gay city councillors in Vancouver, along with Ellen Woodsworth.
Stevenson received a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, a M.A., Spirituality from Holy Names College in Oakland, California and a M.Div from the Vancouver School of Theology. In 1992 he was ordained by the British Columbia conference of the United Church of Canada. Although there were already United Church ministers at the time who had revealed their homosexuality, they had only done so some time after their ordinations, when they had already ministered at one or more churches—Stevenson was the first openly gay person to be ordained by the United Church of Canada. In 1993 he was hired as the minister of St. Paul's United Church in Burnaby, after being first promised a job at a church in Winnipeg and then rejected due to controversy about his homosexuality within the congregation. He also served as a board member at the First United Church in the Downtown Eastside for 10 years.
Stevenson has worked in the Philippines and South Africa. In 1991 he was a Canadian representative at the African National Congress conference in Durban when Nelson Mandela was elected ANC party president. In 1994 he was an international observer in South Africa's first election after the fall of apartheid. Also in South Africa he has worked with the Black Liberation Gay and Lesbian Movement and other organizations that focus on social injustices.
In the 1996 provincial election he was elected in Vancouver-Burrard to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party. He served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Health and between 2000-2001 he held a cabinet position as Minister for Employment and Investment. He was the first openly gay provincial cabinet minister in Canada. In the 2001 provincial election he lost to his BC Liberal opponent, Lorne Mayencourt.
In 2002 he was elected to the Vancouver City Council in British Columbia. As a member of the city council and board member of Tourism Vancouver, he best known for modernizing Vancouver's entertainment and tourism industry. When gay marriage became legalized in British Columbia, Tim Stevenson performed the first legal gay weddings in the province.
Stevenson was a candidate in the 2005 B.C. provincial election, again in Vancouver-Burrard. Conflicting results throughout election night had both Stevenson and Mayencourt declared the victor at different times, and the uncertainty continued for several weeks. In the official count of regular ballots, Stevenson was declared the winner by 17 votes. However, when absentee ballots were counted on May 30, 2005, Mayencourt was declared the winner by a margin of 18 votes. After a judicial recount, Mayencourt was declared the victor by 11 votes.
Drunk driving conviction
In May 2006 Stevenson drove home from a neighbourhood bar after having consumed 3.5 pints of beer over 2–3 hours. He was stopped by police and found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.14 mg, almost double the legal limit. On July 16, 2007, Stevenson pleaded guilty to impaired driving.
Open microphone controversy
In July 2010, Stevenson, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councilor Heather Deal were caught on an open microphone mocking and laughing at public speakers at a council session who had called for greater transparency in the selection of a 12-person committee that will advise council on rezoning. The tirade became a YouTube sensation, which led to a public apology. Representatives of the speakers felt that the profanity was not the issue, but the disrespect of citizens who were attempting to voice their concerns.
Stevenson's partner for 30 years has been Gary Paterson, another minister of the United Church of Canada. When same-sex marriage became legal in Canada, Stevenson and Paterson were married. In 2012, Paterson was elected as the first openly gay Moderator of the United Church of Canada.
|British Columbia general election, 1996: Vancouver-Burrard|
|New Democratic||Tim Stevenson||10,646||49.70%||−1.23||$43,534|
|Progressive Democrat||Laura McDiarmid||1,014||4.73%||–||$1,072|
|Natural Law||Wayne A. Melvin||93||0.43%||–||$100|
|Total valid votes||21,420||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||257||1.19%|
|British Columbia general election, 2001: Vancouver-Burrard|
|New Democratic||Tim Stevenson||7,359||31.07%||−18.63||$45,493|
|Unity||Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell||290||1.15%||–||–|
|People's Front||Joseph Theriault||40||0.17%||–||$57|
|Total valid votes||23,688||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||123||0.52%|
|British Columbia general election, 2005: Vancouver-Burrard|
|New Democratic||Tim Stevenson||11,998||42.12%||+11.04||$67,587|
|Green||Janek Patrick John Kuchmistrz||3,698||12.98%||−3.21||$8,237|
|Work Less||Lisa Voldeng||170||0.60%||–||$1,855|
|Sex||John Gordon Ince||111||0.39%||–||$100|
|Democratic Reform||Ian McLeod||82||0.29%||–||$400|
|Platinum||Antonio Francisco Ferreira||27||0.09%||–||$100|
|Total Valid Votes||28,483||100%|
|Total Rejected Ballots||196||0.69%|
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- Tim Stevenson at Vancouver City Council