MP Peter Julian
House Leader of the New Democratic Party
A community activist, parliamentary House Leader and distinguished opposition member, NorthMUN 2019 is proud to present MP Peter Julian as the keynote speaker for our conference premiere.
Peter Julian was born on April 16, 1962, in New Westminster, British Columbia. Growing up in the quiet neighbourhood of Burnaby-New West, he attended New Westminster Secondary School and later studied political science at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
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.
After just barely losing out on his first 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 Mackinnon to become 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.
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. 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. Julian also served as the Deputy NDP Caucus Chair.
Julian was a 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.