Don Bell


Don Bell
Donald H. Bell
Member of Parliament
for North Vancouver
In office
October 4, 2004 – September 7, 2008
Preceded by Ted White
Succeeded by Andrew Saxton
Personal details
Born March 10, 1942 (1942-03-10) (age 69)
New Westminster, British Columbia
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) separated
Residence North Vancouver
Profession public relations director

For the American radio broadcaster, see Don Bell (radio broadcaster)

Donald H. Bell, MP (born March 10, 1942 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a Canadian politician. He represented the riding of North Vancouver in the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2008 as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. Before being elected, he was the mayor of the District of North Vancouver.

He was first elected as an alderman in North Vancouver in 1970, and again, topping the polls, in 1972 and 1974. He was elected mayor in 1976, 1978, and 1980. He then voluntarily returned to the private sector for 13 years. In the 1986 he revived his political career and was elected for three terms as a school trustee in 1986, 1988 and 1990, serving twice as school board chairman. He then returned to district council, being elected as a municipal councillor in 1993. In 1996 he returned full-time to the mayor's chair by acclamation, and was re-elected as mayor in 1999 and 2002.

During the 2004 federal election, and against most pundits' predictions, he federally won the North Vancouver riding for the Liberals in what had been a strong Conservative seat for 30 years. Bell defeated incumbent MP Ted White who had held the seat for the Reform, Alliance and Conservative parties since 1993. Bell was re-elected to office in the 2006 federal election.

Bell served as BC Liberal caucus chair, and as chair of the federal Liberal Northern and Western Caucus, covering the four western provinces and the northern territories. He was a member and vice-chair of the federal Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Liberal opposition critic for the Asia Pacific Gateway.

Bell was defeated in the 2008 election by Andrew Saxton.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Conservative Andrew Saxton 24,371 42.2% $88,610
     Liberal Don Bell 21,551 37.31% $88,697
     Green Jim Stephenson 6,168 10.79% $17,464
     New Democrat Michael Charrois 5,417 9.42% $6,664
     Libertarian Tunya Audain 166 0.29%
Total valid votes 57,673 100%
Total rejected ballots 162 %
Turnout 57,835
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal Don Bell 25,357 42.34% +2.32 $78,857.90
     Conservative Cindy Silver 22,021 36.77% +0.41 $82,866.22
     New Democrat Sherry Shaghaghi 7,903 13.19% -2.67 $13,796.64
     Green Jim Stephenson 4,483 7.48% +0.20 $15,613.36
     Marxist–Leninist Michael Hill 112 0.18% +0.05
Total valid votes 59,876 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 140 %
Turnout 60,016 69.89%
     Liberal hold Swing +1.0
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal Don Bell 22,619 40.02% $72,712
     Conservative Ted White 20,548 36.36% $60,651
     New Democrat John Nelson 8,967 15.86% $21,278
     Green Peggy Stortz 4,114 7.28% $3,241
     Canadian Action Andres Esteban Barker 181 0.32% $400
     Marxist–Leninist Michael Hill 77 0.13%
Total valid votes 56,506 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 158 0.28%
Turnout 56,664 68.16%

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