A nationally-recognized expert in environmental and public law, Murray Rankin was first elected as Victoria’s Member of Parliament in 2012 and now serves as the NDP's House Leader in the House of Commons. He has served as the progressive opposition critic for National Revenue, Pensions, Health, and, most recently, Justice and Attorney General.
In Parliament, Murray is a champion for better health care, higher pension benefits, and stronger environmental protections. He brought national attention to the auditing of environment and anti-poverty groups under the Conservative government, introduced a bill to crack down on offshore tax evasion, and helped bring all parties together for a unanimous vote to compensate survivors of thalidomide poisoning.
Re-elected in 2015, Murray now serves as House Leader for the NDP.
Prior to serving in Parliament, Murray built a successful career in law and raised a family in Victoria. While a law professor at the University of Victoria, he helped build organizations like West Coast Environment Law, the Land Conservancy of BC and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Working with the provincial government, Murray helped double BC’s parks system, negotiate treaties with First Nations, and craft BC’s laws for privacy and freedom of information.
Murray and his wife, Linda Hannah, are the proud parents of two sons, Benjamin and Mark.