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Raymond Louie (traditional Chinese: 雷建華; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Léi Jiànhuá; born January 16, 1965) is a Canadian politician. He is a five-term Vancouver City Councillor and a former school Trustee. Formerly a member of Coalition of Progressive Electors civic party, Louie broke away and was re-elected in 2005, and again in 2008, 2011, and 2014 as a member of Vision Vancouver.

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BackgroundEdit

Louie was born and raised in East Vancouver, and has ancestry from Zhongshan, Guangdong, China. His family ran a local bakery.[1] He was the youngest of three siblings.[1] Louie attended Nootka Elementary School and Windermere Secondary School.[1] After graduating from high school he attended British Columbia Institute of Technology, yet never graduated.[1] Louie worked at Mail-O-Matic Services, a local mailing house, and as a mailer with Pacific Newspaper Group.[1] While working at Pacific Newspaper Group, Louie became a National Representative for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.[citation needed]

Vancouver City CouncilEdit

Louie was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, and was re-elected in 2005 and 2008.[2]

As a City Councillor, Louie is on a number of local organizations, including, the Parent Advisory Committee for Maquinna Annex and Community Visions, a community liaison group in Hastings-Sunrise.

In Council, Louie has served in numerous city committees:[citation needed]

  • Member, Standing Committee on Planning and Environment
  • Member, Standing Committee on Transportation and Traffic
  • Member, Standing Committee on City Services and Budgets
  • Director, Vancouver Parking Corporation
  • Director, Vancouver Civic Theatres Board
  • Co-Chair, Steering Committee for the redevelopment of Southeast False Creek
  • Vice-Chair, City Creative Task Force
  • Co-Chair, Mayor's Working Group on Immigration
  • Director, Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD)
  • Director, GVRD Labour Relations Bureau
  • Director, GVRD Finance Committee
  • Director, Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (GVTA)
  • Director, GVTA Finance and Audit Committee
  • member of COPE

Homeless Emergency Action TeamEdit

Louie was one of three elected officials who served on Homeless Emergency Action Team,[3] which conceived the controversial[4][5][6] Homeless Emergency Action Team (HEAT) shelters.

Mayoral aspirationsEdit

In a 2007 interview, former Vancouver Mayor and current Senator, Larry Campbell, described Louie as a future mayor of Vancouver. Campbell added that he still holds that view, but wouldn't say if Louie should run for mayor in 2008. "That would be up to Raymond," Campbell said. "I just know that someday he'll be mayor. I don't know when that will be."[7] On March 12, 2008, Louie announced his intention to run for the Vision Vancouver mayoral nomination.[8] In an effort to secure the Vision Vancouver nomination, Louie outspent all mayoral hopefuls by spending a total of $243,621.[9] However, in June 2008 he was defeated in the Vision Vancouver nomination race by Gregor Robertson, who went on to win the subsequent general election.[10]

Family lifeEdit

Louie lives in East Vancouver with his wife Tonya and their three children.[2] He is an avid cyclist and has participated in the Gastown Grand Prix and Tour de White Rock.[2]

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