Fin Donnelly was first elected as the MP for Port Moody–Coquitlam in a 2009 by-election. He is now serving as the NDP critic for Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Prior to the election in 2015 Donnelly was the deputy critic for Fisheries and Oceans and the deputy critic for infrastructure. He was also the founding co-chair of the AllParty Oceans Caucus. Donnelly is a strong advocate for sustainable fisheries. He has introduced several motions and bills in Parliament to protect Canada’s waters, including his Wild Salmon Protection Act, Bill C-518. He was also vocal in the effort to keep Kitsilano coast guard station open and has spoken out for the ban of shark fin soup in Canada.
In 2015 Donnelly brought a motion calling on the government to recognize the “covenant of moral, social, legal, and fiduciary obligation” between the Government of Canada and its veterans. The motion received unanimous support.
Donnelly made news during the election campaign after the little boy washed up on the beach. Donnelly made it known that Alan Kurdi’s family had made contact with him and he passed the file along to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Before being elected as the MP, Donnelly served for seven years on the Coquitlam City Council. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Rivershed Society of BC for more than a decade. He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Victoria.
Donnelly gained recognition when he twice swam the length of the Fraser River to promote sustainable living.