Peter Julian was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004. The former House Leader for the NDP, Julian resigned this role to run for the leadership of the party. The leadership election will take place in October 2017. His campaign has focused on issues such as income inequality and climate change, and he supports free postsecondary education for all Canadians.
Julian has also served as the party’s critic on energy and natural resources, international trade, finance, industry, transport, persons with disabilities, treasury board and western fisheries.
During his time in Parliament Julian has introduced a large number of Private Member’s Bills. He has introduced bills to lower the legal limit on blood alcohol and eliminating toxic substances found in fire retardants.
Julian was called one of his region’s hardest working politicians by the Georgia Straight. He holds regular community forums where he can listen to constituents’ concerns. He was the party’s most prominent critic on the government’s softwood lumber deal and on the Security and Prosperity Partnership with the US and Mexico. Julian went across Canada on a ‘Stop SPP’ tour led to public consultations on the deal by the Standing Committee on International Trade.
After graduating high school Julian spent time working in Burnaby–New Westminster as a manual labourer and factory worker. As an adult he attended Université de Québec à Montréal and earned a degree in political science with a focus on international relations.
Julian was a founding member of the Council of Canadians and served as the organization’s executive director.
Before running for office Julian spent time working in finance. He is the former executive director of the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He also helped build the British Columbia Disability Employment Network. Julian is a member of the NewWestminster Chamber of Commerce and the Burnaby Board of Trade.
He has also served as national policy coordinator and acting federal secretary for the NDP.
Julian is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of American Sign Language.