Murray Rankin is the Member of Parliament for Victoria. Shortly after being elected Murray was named Official Opposition Critic for National Revenue by New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair.
Murray is a nationally recognized expert in environmental and public law who has been involved in many landmark legal cases in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada.
For over 30 years, Murray has been associated with the University of Victoria, first as a full professor of law and subsequently as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently co-chair of the Environmental Law Centre, a UVic student-run legal clinic, and has a private law practice in Victoria.
Murray has dedicated his life to fighting for the environment. He was president of the West Coast Environmental Law Association and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre. He served as chair of The Land Conservancy of British Columbia, which was responsible for saving the Sooke Potholes, Ross Bay Villa, and many special places in our area. He has been a director of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. Currently, he leads a team of legal experts fighting to stop the Enbridge pipeline.
With law degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard, Murray was a managing partner in the Victoria law firm Arvay Finlay for over a decade. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999 and is fluent in French.
For years Murray coached minor league baseball at Beacon Hill Little League as well as soccer with Bays United.
A resident of Victoria for the past 35 years, Murray currently resides in Oak Bay with his spouse Linda and their two sons, Benjamin and Mark.