Elected to the House of Commons in 2015, Sheila Malcolmson is the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Ladysmith. She has been named the party’s critic for Status of Women.
Malcolmson is known for bringing people from different backgrounds together around a common cause. Malcolmson believe that the NDP can work with the Liberal government on issues like health care, old-age security and the CPP.
She says priorities in her riding include upholding the softwood lumber agreement and the affects of climate change on the local salmon industry.
Malcolmson entered Parliament with 12 years of constituency experience under her belt, having been elected four times to local government. As Chair of the Islands Trust Council, she worked with all levels of government, championing local campaigns for fair ferry service, marine safety and oil spill prevention. As Islands Trustee, she signed a government-to-government protocol between the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Islands Trust, establishing a relationship of respect and cooperation in planning, land use management and heritage conservation.
Malcolmson has worked as an energy policy analyst for a number of nongovernmental organizations, opposing nuclear power expansion and advocating for ratepayers. She has also worked in small business, tourism and environmental advocacy on Vancouver Island.
Malcolmson has been a proud Nanaimo—Ladysmith resident for more than 20 years. She lives on Gabriola Island with her partner Howard, a fisheries biologist and climate change researcher.