History of Burnaby MPs
Since 2011, I’ve had the honour of serving our community as your Member of Parliament.
I am proud to say that the NDP in Burnaby has had a long history of delivering results. In 1962, Tommy Douglas – the father of public Medicare, the founder of the NDP, and the “Greatest Canadian” – was first elected as an NDP MP right here in Burnaby.
But our rich tradition doesn’t end there.
In 1979, the people of Burnaby elected Svend Robinson, the first openly gay MP in Canadian history. Svend, who was re-elected for seven consecutive terms, always fought for what he believed was right and just.
Following Svend, Burnaby elected Bill Siksay, a tireless community advocate who worked to end discrimination in all its forms.