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Maurine Karagianis (born August 17, 1950) is a Canadian politician, formerly the New Democratic Party MLA for the riding of Esquimalt-Royal Roads in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Maurine Karagianis
Maurine Karagianis (cropped).jpg
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Esquimalt-Royal Roads
Esquimalt-Metchosin (2005-2009)
In office
May 17, 2005 – May 9, 2017
Preceded byArnie Hamilton
Succeeded byMitzi Dean
Personal details
Political partyNew Democrat
ResidenceEsquimalt, British Columbia, Canada
Occupationbusinessperson, municipal councillor

She was first elected in the 2005 election to the constituency of Esquimalt-Metchosin, garnering almost 50 percent of votes cast and 2,895 more votes than the next closest candidate.[1] She was re-elected in 2009 to the new constituency of Esquimalt-Royal Roads and again in 2013.

In August 2007, Karagianis was appointed the Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Transportation in New Democrat leader Carole James' shadow cabinet. She had previously served as the Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry Children and Family Development, and, prior to that, the Ministry of Small Business and Revenue. Following the 2009 election, Maurine was again appointed as the Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Children and Family Development. In January 2011, Maurine was elected as Official Opposition Caucus Whip and served in that position until her retirement. In June 2014, Maurine was appointed as Advocate for Seniors, Women & Childcare & Early Learning.

Maurine Karagianis retired from provincial politics in May 2017. She is currently keeping bees, blogging about that and other topics, and once again doing some work in the affordable housing sector.

In August 2018, Maurine was appointed for a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Knowledge Network.

Prior to serving as an MLA, she was elected as a municipal councillor in Esquimalt in 1996, and re-elected in 1999 and again in 2002.

Starting in 1998, she served three years with the provincial government as assistant to three NDP cabinet ministers – first in the Social Services ministry and then in Transportation and Highways. From 2001 to 2005, she ran a consulting company working with non-profit organizations and First Nations to create seniors housing in BC.

She is an entrepreneur, opening her own retail fashion store, operating a wholesale venture and a successful import/export business. She was also a co-founder of the Sunshine Folkfest in Powell River, BC.

Electoral resultsEdit

British Columbia general election, 2013: Esquimalt-Royal Roads
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Maurine Karagianis 10963 48.20
Liberal Chris Ricketts 6511 28.63
Green Susan Christina Low 4928 21.67
Independent Joshua Steffler 343 1.51
Total valid votes 22745 100.00
Total rejected ballots 113 0.49
Turnout 22858 58.23
Source: Elections BC[2]
British Columbia general election, 2009: Esquimalt-Royal Roads
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Maurine Karagianis 11,514 52.92
Liberal Carl Ratsoy 6,579 30.24
Green Jane Sterk 3,664 16.84
British Columbia general election, 2005: Esquimalt-Metchosin
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Maurine Karagianis 11,939 49.65
Liberal Tom Woods 9,226 38.37
Green Jane Sterk 2,489 10.35
Democratic Reform Graeme Rodger 392 1.63
British Columbia general election, 2001: Esquimalt-Metchosin
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Arnie Hamilton 9,544 45.79 $41,647
New Democratic Maurine Karagianis 6,258 30.03 $19,636
Green Marilyn Sundeen 3,685 17.68 $3,878
Marijuana Christopher John Davies 534 2.56
Conservative Bill Clarke 322 1.55 $941
Unity Bob Ward 268 1.29 $367
Independent Rick Berglund 105 0.50 $117
Independent Scott Attrill 68 0.33 $100
Independent Gerry McVeigh 57 0.27 $116
Total valid votes 20,841 100.00
Total rejected ballots 86 0.41
Turnout 20,927 69.49


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2007-07-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Statement of Votes - 40th Provincial General Election" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 17 May 2017.

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