Murray Rankin was first elected to Parliament in a 2012 by-election. He is the House Leader of the NDP, and sits on the Board of Internal Economy. He is also an executive member of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.
He was previously the vice-chair of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, as well as the vice-chair of the Justice and Human Rights Committee. He also previously served as the critic for National Revenue, Pensions, and Health.
As an MP, Rankin helped bring national attention to government audits of environmental and anti-poverty groups. He was also outspoken on the issues of compensation for survivors of thalidomide poisoning.
Before entering politics Rankin was a law professor at University of Victoria. He is a nationally recognized expert in environmental and public law. While teaching he also worked to build West Coast Environmental Law, which provides free legal advice to communities, nongovernmental organizations, First Nations and the private sector to protect and sustain the environment. He also helped found the Land Conservancy of BC and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre. He worked with the provincial government negotiating treaties with First Nations and helped create BC’s laws for privacy and freedom of information.
He is passionate about public health care, improving pensions and stronger environmental protection.
Rankin has Bachelor’s degrees from Queen’s University and the Université de Montréal and law degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard University.
Rankin is married and has two sons.