Don Davies is the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway. He was first elected in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2015.
Don served in the last Parliament as the NDP Critic for Health. Prior to that, he served as Official Opposition Critic for International Trade, Citizenship and Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Public Safety and National Security.
Don has been a very active parliamentarian and hard-working local representative.
Don introduced more legislation in the House of Commons than any MP in the country. These include detailed plans for a national school nutrition program, free post-secondary tuition for students with special needs and a law to require floor-crossers to obtain the agreement of the voters who elected them.
Don’s office has helped over 20,000 Kingsway residents solve their federal issues, helping unite families, obtain EI, CPP and OAS benefits, and fix tax and Phoenix pay problems.
A strong believer in transparency and accountability, Don has held hundreds of public meetings to ensure that constituents’ voices are heard in Kingsway and on the national stage.
Don is active in a number of parliamentary caucuses and groups. He is Co-Chair of the Global Health Caucus and the Parliamentary Friends of the UN, an Executive Member of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association and the Canada-China Parliamentary Association, and a Canadian Delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He is a member of the Canada-Philippines Inter-Parliamentary Group, the Canada-Vietnam Parliamentary Group and the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Before joining Parliament in 2008, Don worked as a lawyer, labour representative, and policy advisor. Throughout his career, Don has worked with private sector businesses to improve their human resources practices and served on many public bodies dealing with health and safety, employment standards, and transportation policy.
His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Degree in Law.
Don is a long-time resident of the Kensington area of Vancouver Kingsway. He has been active in many community initiatives, including the Dickens Community Group, Mount Pleasant Parent Advisory Council, Fraser Street Neighbourhood Coalition, Tools for Peace, Co-op Radio and Lawyers for Social Responsibility. Don has taken particular interest in improving the lives of people with special needs.
He has been married for 34 years to Sheryl Palm, a Speech Pathologist at BC Children’s Hospital. They have three children and a granddaughter and have lived in Vancouver Kingsway for 25 years.