|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly |
May 28, 1996 –May 16, 2001
|Preceded by||Emery Barnes|
|Succeeded by||Lorne Mayencourt|
|Vancouver City Councillor|
December 2,2002 –November 5,2018
|Born||1945 (age 77–78)|
|Political party|| New Democratic |
Tim Stevenson (born 1945) is a Canadian politician and United Church minister. He served as councillor on the Vancouver City Council,2002 to 2018 as a member of Vision Vancouver. He was a founding member of Vision Vancouver.
Stevenson received a B.A. from the University of British Columbia,a M.A.,Spirituality from Holy Names College in Oakland,California where he studied with Matthew Fox and a M.Div from the Vancouver School of Theology. In 1992 he was ordained by the British Columbia Conference of the United Church of Canada. Stevenson was the first openly gay person to be ordained in Canada. In 1993 he began his ministry at St. Paul's United Church in Burnaby. He also served as a board member at the First United Church in the Downtown Eastside for 10 years.
Stevenson has worked in the Philippines and South Africa. In 1991 he was a Canadian representative at the African National Congress Conference in Durban when Nelson Mandela was elected ANC party president. In 1994 he was an international observer in South Africa's first election after the fall of apartheid. Also in South Africa he has worked with the Black Liberation Gay and Lesbian Movement and other organizations that focus on social injustices.
In the 1996 Provincial election he was elected in Vancouver-Burrard to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party. He was the first openly gay MLA elected in British Columbia. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health as well as the deputy speaker of the House. Between 2000 and 2001 he held a cabinet position as Minister for Employment and Investment. He was the first openly gay cabinet minister (either provincial or federal) in Canada. He lost his provincial seat in 2001 to Lorne Mayencourt of the B.C. Liberals.
In 2002 he was elected to the Vancouver City Council in British Columbia. As a member of the city council and board member of Tourism Vancouver,he is known for modernizing Vancouver's entertainment and tourism industry. When gay marriage became legalized in British Columbia,Stevenson performed the first legal gay weddings in the province. In 2014 Stevenson represented the city of Vancouver as deputy mayor at the Sochi Olympics. He met with the President's Office of the International Olympic Committee urging them to add "sexual orientation" to the Olympic Charter. They subsequently did so.
Stevenson was a candidate in the 2005 provincial election,again in Vancouver-Burrard. Conflicting results throughout election night had both Stevenson and Mayencourt declared the victor at different times,and the uncertainty continued for several weeks. In the official count of regular ballots,Stevenson was declared the winner by 17 votes. However,when absentee ballots were counted on May 30,2005,Mayencourt was declared the winner by a margin of 18 votes. After a judicial recount,Mayencourt was declared the victor by 11 votes.
Stevenson won re-election as a city councillor in the 2005 Vancouver municipal election as a member of Vision Vancouver,and again in the 2008 electionand the 2011 election.
Stevenson's spouse for 14 years has been Gary Paterson,another minister and former moderator of the United Church of Canada.Same sex marriage in Canada is legal,and Stevenson and Paterson were legally married in 2004.
|1996 British Columbia general election : Vancouver-Burrard|
|New Democratic||Tim Stevenson||10,646||49.70||−1.23||$43,534|
|Progressive Democrat||Laura McDiarmid||1,014||4.73||–||$1,072|
|Natural Law||Wayne A. Melvin||93||0.43||–||$100|
|Total valid votes||21,420||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||257||1.19|
|2001 British Columbia general election : Vancouver-Burrard|
|New Democratic||Tim Stevenson||7,359||31.07||−18.63||$45,493|
|Unity||Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell||290||1.15||–||–|
|People's Front||Joseph Theriault||40||0.17||–||$57|
|Total valid votes||23,688||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||123||0.52|
|2005 British Columbia general election : Vancouver-Burrard|
|New Democratic||Tim Stevenson||11,998||42.12||+11.04||$67,587|
|Green||Janek Patrick John Kuchmistrz||3,698||12.98||−3.21||$8,237|
|Work Less||Lisa Voldeng||170||0.60||–||$1,855|
|Sex||John Gordon Ince||111||0.39||–||$100|
|Democratic Reform||Ian McLeod||82||0.29||–||$400|
|Platinum||Antonio Francisco Ferreira||27||0.09||–||$100|
|Total valid votes||28,483||100|
|Total rejected ballots||196||0.69|
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