Kennedy Stewart was first elected as the MP for Burnaby South in 2011. He has been named the NDP’s critic for science, the same role he served in as official opposition.
In 2014, Stewart put forward a Private Member’s Motion, M428, which called for the House of Commons to accept online petitions and laid out guidelines for them. The motion passed by two votes.
He has introduced several Private Member’s Bills, including C-558, An Act to establish the position of Parliamentary Science Officer and C631, An Act to amend the Navigation Protection Act (Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake and Brunette River), which would have added those waterways to the Navigation Protection Act. Neither of these bills passed.
Stewart was named the Burnaby NewsLeader’s Newsmaker of the Year in 2013 for his work serving the residents of Burnaby. He has been particularly outspoken on Kinder Morgan’s plan for a pipeline that would go through his constituency.
His main policy priorities are affordable housing, pensions, public transit and better public health care. He also wants to see the high tech and film industries grow in Burnaby and create more jobs.
Stewart is currently on leave from his job as associate professor at Simon Fraser’s School of Public Policy. He graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor’s degree in history then went on to complete a Master’s in political science at Simon Fraser and a PhD in government at the London School of Economics.
Stewart won three East Coast Music Awards with his band State of Mind in the early 90s. He is married to Jeanette Ashe, a political science instructor at Douglas College.