With Monday's election resulting in a Liberal majority government, several of British Columbia's MPs, some long-time veterans and others newly elected, are expected to play prominent roles in Canada's next Parliament. Some may find themselves in cabinet, while others will be natural choices for opposition critic roles.
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Here is a look at some of the prominent candidates who won their seats:
Riding: Vancouver Granville
Jody Wilson-Raybould entered the federal political fray with a track record that includes time as a Crown prosecutor and as former regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, which represents the political interests of B.C.'s 203 First Nations. Ms. Wilson-Raybould was seen as a favoured choice of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and campaigned on such issues as the need to combat climate change, developing a national pharmacare program and working toward a national housing strategy. The daughter of respected First Nations leader Bill Wilson, Ms. Wilson-Raybould said she had a long-standing interest in running for Parliament, and saw an opportunity after she met Mr. Trudeau at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations in Whitehorse in 2013.
Riding: Vancouver Quadra
This was Joyce Murray's third run in Vancouver Quadra, having first been elected in 2008 and again in 2011. She most recently served as defence critic and was critic for Western Economic Diversification. During the campaign, a First Nations newspaper apologized to Ms. Murray after running an advertisement in her name that included a reference to the sobriety of native students. The advertisement said: "Congratulations to all 2015 Aboriginal High School Graduates. Sobriety, education and hard work lead to success." Despite not having seen or approved the text before it appeared, Ms. Murray took responsibility for it and apologized. Ms. Murray ran for the Liberal leadership but lost. She was environment minister and minister of government services in the B.C. legislature.
Sukh Dhaliwal was first elected in 2006 in the riding of Newton-North Delta, parts of which became Surrey-Newton. He served as an MP until losing to the NDP's Jinny Sims in 2011. Mr. Dhaliwal, an engineer whose family arrived in Canada in the 1980s, had planned to enter provincial politics, but he abandoned that plan after he was charged in 2012 with six counts of failing to file income taxes related to his engineering business. He pleaded guilty and paid a fine.
Riding: West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones is a political veteran, having served at the municipal level since 1993, including two terms as the mayor of West Vancouver. During her terms, she championed such projects as the 2010 Winter Olympics. She declined a third term, stepping down to complete an executive MBA at Simon Fraser University and going on to launch a public affairs consulting firm. In an interview with the Squamish Chief in August, Ms. Goldsmith-Jones said the federal government has abandoned its role in housing and that housing would be at the centre of the Liberals' infrastructure plans.
Riding: South Surrey-White Rock
Dianne Watts entered federal politics as a star Conservative candidate after a long career as the popular mayor of Surrey. During the campaign, Ms. Watts, who has said her passion for international security issues led to her federal run, came under fire for defending a controversial pamphlet that declared that Conservatives would "Fight Jihadist Terrorists At Home and Abroad." She was elected mayor of Surrey in 2005 and made attracting investment and development to the city centre a key goal of her tenure. Transit and crime were also main issues for her.
Riding: Vancouver East
Jenny Kwan is a veteran member of B.C.'s legislature, first elected as MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant in 1996. She has been outspoken on issues including homelessness, poverty and missing and murdered aboriginal women – central issues in the Downtown Eastside, which is included in both the provincial riding and the federal Vancouver East. Ms. Kwan was the youngest-ever member of Vancouver City Council, having been elected at age 26 in 1993, and was the first Chinese-Canadian to sit in B.C.'s cabinet. She faced controversy last year after an audit found that the non-profit Portland Hotel Society, of which her ex-husband had been an executive, had paid for her family's trips to Europe and California. Ms. Kwan, who repaid the $35,000 said her ex-husband had said he paid for the family's expenses.
Riding: Skeena-Bulkley Valley
Nathan Cullen was elected MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley in 2004, the year he entered politics, and has held the riding since. He served as the NDP House leader from 2012 to 2014, and in 2014 was appointed the party's finance critic. The popular MP is considered one of the NDP's most adept front-bench performers, this year leading the charge on a revamped economic policy that promises balanced budgets, no personal tax hikes, and tax incentives for small business and manufacturers. This summer, Mr. Cullen said his party was open to forming a coalition with the Liberals to defeat the Conservatives.
Ed Fast has represented the riding of Abbotsford since he was first elected to Parliament in 2006, gaining no less than 60 per cent of votes in each of those three elections. Two years ago, Mr. Fast became international trade minister and has overseen Canada's entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. He entered politics in 1985, winning a seat on the Abbotsford School Board and serving two terms before running for city council. He served as a councillor for nine years and oversaw the city's parks and recreation department. Mr. Fast started his own firm after graduating from the University of British Columbia's law school in 1982.