Don Bell (politician)

Donald H. Bell (born March 10, 1942) is a Canadian politician. He is currently serving as a councillor for the City of North Vancouver (November 2011 to present). He previously represented the riding of North Vancouver as Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada from 2004 to 2008 as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. Before being elected, he was the mayor of the District of North Vancouver.

Donald H. Bell
Member of Parliament
for North Vancouver
In office
October 4, 2004 – September 7, 2008
Preceded byTed White
Succeeded byAndrew Saxton
Personal details
Born (1942-03-10) March 10, 1942 (age 79)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceNorth Vancouver
Professionpublic relations director

Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Bell was first elected as an alderman in the District of North Vancouver in 1970, and again, topping the polls, in 1972 and 1974. He was elected mayor of the District in 1976, 1978, and 1980. He then voluntarily returned to the private sector for 13 years. In 1986 he revived his political career and was elected for three terms as a school trustee in 1986, 1988 and 1990, serving twice as school board chairman. He then returned to District council, being elected as a municipal councillor in 1993. In 1996 he returned full-time to the mayor's chair by acclamation, and was re-elected as mayor in 1999 and 2002.

During the 2004 federal election, and against most pundits' predictions, he federally won the North Vancouver riding for the Liberals in what had been a strong Conservative seat for 30 years. Bell defeated incumbent MP Ted White who had held the seat for the Reform, Alliance and Conservative parties since 1993. Bell was re-elected to office in the 2006 federal election.

Bell served as BC federal Liberal Caucus Chair, and as Chair of the federal Liberal Northern and Western Caucus, covering the four western provinces and the northern territories. He was a member and vice-chair of the federal Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Liberal opposition critic for the Asia Pacific Gateway.

Bell was defeated in the 2008 election by Conservative Andrew Saxton.

Bell served as Chair of a special City of North Vancouver Civic Engagement Task Force from June 2010 to April 2011.

Bell was elected as City of North Vancouver Councillor, topping the polls in November 2011, for a 3-year term.

In 2014, Bell was re-elected as a City Councillor, for the first time not topping the polls.

In 2018, Bell was re-elected as a City Councillor, returning to the top of the polls.

Private sectorEdit

Bell was Public Affairs Director for Canada Safeway, based in Vancouver, from 1982 through 1995, when he then returned full-time to local politics as Mayor of the District in 1996.

Following his defeat in the federal election of 2008, he was Product Development Manager for Golden Griffin International Enterprises Inc. from the Fall of 2008 through 2009.

Electoral recordEdit

2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Andrew Saxton 24,371 42.2% $88,610
Liberal Don Bell 21,551 37.31% $88,697
Green Jim Stephenson 6,168 10.79% $17,464
New Democratic Michael Charrois 5,417 9.42% $6,664
Libertarian Tunya Audain 166 0.29%
Total valid votes 57,673 100%
Total rejected ballots 162 %
Turnout 57,835
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Don Bell 25,357 42.34% +2.32 $78,857.90
Conservative Cindy Silver 22,021 36.77% +0.41 $82,866.22
New Democratic Sherry Shaghaghi 7,903 13.19% -2.67 $13,796.64
Green Jim Stephenson 4,483 7.48% +0.20 $15,613.36
Marxist–Leninist Michael Hill 112 0.18% +0.05
Total valid votes 59,876 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 140 %
Turnout 60,016 69.89%
     Liberal hold Swing +1.0
2004 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Don Bell 22,619 40.02% $72,712
Conservative Ted White 20,548 36.36% $60,651
New Democratic John Nelson 8,967 15.86% $21,278
Green Peggy Stortz 4,114 7.28% $3,241
Canadian Action Andres Esteban Barker 181 0.32% $400
Marxist–Leninist Michael Hill 77 0.13%
Total valid votes 56,506 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 158 0.28%
Turnout 56,664 68.16%

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