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Peter S. Julian MP (born April 16, 1962) is a Canadian Member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party (NDP), representing the riding of New Westminster—Burnaby.

Peter Julian

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Peter Julian in 2011
House Leader of the NDP
Assumed office
March 14, 2019
LeaderJagmeet Singh
Preceded byRuth Ellen Brosseau
In office
October 19, 2015 – October 19, 2016
LeaderThomas Mulcair
Preceded byNathan Cullen
Succeeded byMurray Rankin
Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons
In office
April 14, 2013 – October 19, 2015
LeaderThomas Mulcair
Preceded byNathan Cullen
Succeeded byAndrew Scheer
Shadow Minister for Natural Resources
In office
April 19, 2012 – March 19, 2014
LeaderThomas Mulcair
Preceded byClaude Gravelle
Succeeded byChris Charlton
Shadow Minister for Industry
In office
May 26, 2011 – October 31, 2011
LeaderJack Layton
Nycole Turmel
Preceded byMarc Garneau
Succeeded byGuy Caron
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for New Westminster—Burnaby
Burnaby—New Westminster (2004–2015)
Assumed office
June 28, 2004
Preceded byRiding Established
Personal details
Born (1962-04-16) April 16, 1962 (age 57)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political partyNew Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Limei Tian
ResidenceNew Westminster
ProfessionCommunity activist, executive director, financial administrator, politician

Personal lifeEdit

Julian was born on April 16, 1962, in New Westminster, British Columbia, to Terry and Ruth Julian. His father Terry is a school administrator, historian and author, and a 2002 recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal. He also has one sister, Randi, and one brother, Patrick.

Julian is fluently bilingual and is also functional in American Sign Language. He lives in the 10th Avenue area of New Westminster. He graduated from New Westminster Secondary School and holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal with a specialization in International Relations.[1]

Political careerEdit

A community activist, Julian was Executive Director of the Council of Canadians and later the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He was a leader in an unsuccessful effort to prevent the arrival of big box retail in New Westminster without public consultation. Ultimately, the city allowed a big box store which turned out to be a Wal-Mart store.

Julian served as the Provincial Secretary for the Quebec section of the New Democratic Party in the 1990s. He also has been the National Policy Coordinator and Assistant and Acting Federal Secretary of the NDP. He has been a member of the NDP since he was 14 years old.

In 2002, Julian ran for city council in New Westminster, British Columbia. He received 3,275 votes, losing a spot on the council by 74 votes.[2]

After losing his bid for city council, Julian ran for the New Democratic Party nomination in the riding of Burnaby—New Westminster, British Columbia. On March 7, 2004 Julian defeated Dave Mackinon to be the NDP's candidate in the 2004 federal election. Julian won the general election, defeating Mary Pynenburg of the Liberal Party of Canada by just 329 votes. In the federal election held on October 14, 2008, Julian won the riding of Burnaby—New Westminster by over 6,900 votes. Julian won the riding again in 2011 with 49.67% of the votes.[3]

He also co-founded the Save St. Mary's Hospital Community Coalition. He was a founding member of the B.C. Disability Employment Network and the Burnaby-New Westminster Council of Canadians. He has also volunteered for the local Emergency Social Services, for Royal City Soccer, East Burnaby Minor Baseball, the United Way, and the United Church of Canada.

In the New Democratic Party Shadow Cabinet, Julian is the Energy and Natural Resources Critic.[4] Julian previously served as the NDP critic for International Trade, Transportation, Persons with Disabilities, Treasury Board, Western Fisheries Critic, Industry, and the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Olympics.[5] Julian also served as the Deputy NDP Caucus Chair. During the 2011–12 NDP leadership race, Julian took over from candidate Peggy Nash to serve as the NDP's Finance Critic until the race was over, at which point Nash retook her spot and Julian was shifted to the lower-profile position of Energy Critic.[4]

Julian was vocal opponent to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) that he believed threatened Canada's sovereignty through deep integration with the United States and Mexico. As NDP Transport Critic, Julian led the successful fight in the House of Commons to stop the SMS transport safety bill, which he believed to be an attempt to turn safety over to air transport companies themselves, something Julian termed "self-serve safety". Recently, Julian initiated an NDP task force that will meet and consult with diverse Canadian immigrant communities across the country, and to learn more about the challenges they face.

The Georgia Straight newspaper has called Julian "one of the region's hardest working politicians". Julian ranked 3rd of 308 MPs in the 39th Parliament on bills, votes, and speeches.[6]

After the NDP's third-place performance in the 2015 federal election, Julian was re-elected and served as NDP House Leader.[7]

On December 21, 2016, Julian registered to run in the NDP leadership race to replace Tom Mulcair.[8] He withdrew on July 5, 2017, after trailing the other candidates in fundraising.[9][10] He subsequently endorsed Jagmeet Singh for leader.

On January 31, 2018, Peter Julian was named finance critic in the NDP House of Commons shadow cabinet by party leader Jagmeet Singh.[11]

In addition, Julian was made House Leader of the NDP and energy critic on March 14, 2019. [12]


Election resultsEdit

1989 Quebec general election: Saint-François
Party Candidate Votes %
     Liberal Monique Gagnon-Tremblay 14,961 51.97%
Parti Québécois Réal Rancourt 10,492 36.45%
     Unity Party Peter Evans 1,881 6.53%
     NDP-Q Peter Julian 884 3.07%
     Parti 51 France Bougie 568 1.97%
Total valid votes 28,786 96.32%
Total rejected ballots 1,099 3.68%
Turnout 29,885 74.98%
2002 New Westminster municipal election: City council
Six to be elected
Candidate Votes
Casey Cook 4848
Jerry Dobrovolny 4626
Chuck Puchmayr 4430
Bob Osterman 3875
Calvin Donnelly 3646
Lorrie Williams 3349
Peter Julian 3275
Kimiko Karpoff 2918
Betty McIntosh 2723
Carol Cheremkora 2634
Charmaine Murray 1938
Shane Polak 1588
Fil Apolinario 1536
Hilda Bechler 1298
Wally Walia 1266
Rhoda Beka-Kaellis 1257
Shea Campbell 1250
Lori Underwood 1021
Ted Edwards 1015
Gordon Cooper 872
Ron B. Gordon 772
2004 Canadian federal election: Burnaby—New Westminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Peter Julian 14,061 34.58 +18.44 $51,851
Liberal Mary Pynenburg 13,732 32.52 -0.94 $67,860
Conservative Mike Redmond 11,821 27.63 -19.84 $52,988
Green Revel Kunz 1,606 3.72 $173
Canadian Action Dana Green 312 0.64 $100
Communist Péter Pál Horváth 166 0.26 $389
Total valid votes 41,698 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 217 0.52
Turnout 41,915 58.95
New Democratic notional gain from Conservative Swing +9.69
This riding was created from parts of New Westminster—Coquitlam—Burnaby, Vancouver South—Burnaby and Burnaby—Douglas, which elected a Canadian Alliance, Liberal and New Democrat, respectively, in the last election. Changes are based on redistributed results. Conservative change based on the total of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative votes in the 2000 election.
2006 Canadian federal election: Burnaby—New Westminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Peter Julian 17,391 38.79 +4.21 $71,414
Liberal Mary Pynenburg 13,420 29.93 -2.59 $74,580
Conservative Marc Dalton 12,364 27.58 -0.05 $70,006
Green Scott Janzen 1,654 3.68 -0.04 $1,149
Total valid votes 44,829 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 144 0.32 -0.20
Turnout 44,973 60.09 +1.14
New Democratic hold Swing +3.40
2008 Canadian federal election: Burnaby—New Westminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Peter Julian 20,145 46.49 +7.71 $72,161
Conservative Sam Rakhra 13,150 30.35 +2.82 $77,974
Liberal Gerry Lenoski 6,681 15.42 -14.53 $45,125
Green Carrie-Ann McLaren 3,067 7.07 +3.42 $7,637
Libertarian Ismet Yetisen 186 0.42
Marxist–Leninist Joseph Theriault 96 0.22
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,325 100.0     $85,024
Total rejected ballots 214 0.49 +0.17
Turnout 43,539 54.35 -5.74
New Democratic hold Swing +2.44
2011 Canadian federal election: Burnaby—New Westminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Peter Julian 22,193 49.67 +3.18
Conservative Paul Forseth 16,009 35.83 +5.48
Liberal Garth Evans 4,496 10.06 -5.36
Green Carrie-Ann McLaren 1,731 3.87 -3.20
Libertarian Tyler Pierce 160 0.36 -0.06
Marxist–Leninist Joseph Theriault 94 0.21 -0.01
Total valid votes 44,683 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 194 0.43 -0.06
Turnout 44,877 54.05 -0.30
Eligible voters 83,029
New Democratic hold Swing -1.15
2015 Canadian federal election: New Westminster—Burnaby
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Peter Julian 22,876 43.46 -8.32 $93,602.98
Liberal Sasha Ramnarine 15,253 28.97 +20.27 $11,829.89
Conservative Chloé Ellis 10,512 19.97 -14.79 $16,364.97
Green Kyle Routledge 2,487 4.72 +0.40 $1,669.47
Libertarian Rex Brocki 1,368 2.60
Marxist–Leninist Joseph Theriault 146 0.28
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,642 100.00   $213,160.28
Total rejected ballots 363 0.68
Turnout 53,005 66.95
Eligible voters 79,176
New Democratic hold Swing -14.30
Source: Elections Canada[13][14]


  1. ^ "About Peter Julian". Official Peter Julian Web Page. NDP Web Site. 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  2. ^ New West City Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Burnaby—New Westminster
  4. ^ a b "Burnaby-New Westminster MP to be NDP energy critic". Burnaby NewsLeader. April 19, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "Peter Julian". Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Peter Julian to continue as NDP House Leader in next Parliament". CBC News. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  8. ^ Smith, Marie-Danielle (December 28, 2016). "Peter Julian first to register as NDP leadership candidate but says he's still thinking about it". Calgary Herald. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "Peter Julian to quit NDP leadership race". CBC News. July 6, 2017.
  10. ^ Peter Julian [@MPJulian] (July 6, 2017). "It's with mixed feelings that I'm announcing my withdrawal from #NDPldr race – fund-raising results have been disappointing" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  13. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for New Westminster—Burnaby, 30 September 2015
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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