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 Justice Critic and Deputy House Leader. He has served as the progressive opposition critic for National Revenue, Pensions and Health.
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.
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 was re-elected in 2015 and in 2016 was named Justice and Attorney General Critic for the NDP. He was also elected Vice-Chair of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying and Vice-Chair of Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
In 2017 Murray was appointed by the Governor General, on the advice of the Prime Minister, to the newly formed National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.
Murray was also appointed Deputy House Leader by NDP Party Leader Jagmeet Singh in 2017.
Murray and his wife, Linda Hannah, are the proud parents of two sons, Benjamin and Mark.