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Michelle Mungall

Michelle Mungall
MLA
Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall speaking at a press conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
MLA for Nelson-Creston
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Preceded by Corky Evans
Personal details
Born 1978
St. Albert, Alberta
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Zak Matieschyn
Residence Nelson, British Columbia

Michelle Mungall is a Canadian politician, who was elected as a New Democratic Party Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2009 provincial election, representing the riding of Nelson-Creston. She was born and raised in St. Albert, Alberta where she attended Paul Kane High School. She later graduated from University of Alberta in Edmonton and ran unsuccessfully for political office in the 2001 Alberta general election, in the St. Albert provincial electoral district.

She moved to Nelson, British Columbia in 2002 where she became a municipal councillor. She served one term before enrolling in Royal Roads University's Human Security and Peacebuilding program. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree after writing her thesis on homelessness in rural British Columbia. She decided to run for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia after the current member, Corky Evans, retired. She was successful over three other candidates for the New Democratic Party nomination, and won the Nelson-Creston riding with 54% of the vote.

Background

Michelle Mungall was born and raised in St. Albert, Alberta.[1] She graduated from Paul Kane High School in 1996 and then attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She majored in political science and graduated with honours in 2001.[1] At her university she organized a group named the Preservation of Education Accessibility for Society which sought to public funding for post-secondary education.[2] She grew up in a household that debated politics, and in which her parents favoured the Progressive Conservative Party, but she became involved with the New Democratic Party during her first year of university.[3] During her final year, she became the NDP candidate in the St. Albert riding during the 2001 Alberta general election. Mungall was not expected to win the race, which was expected to be close between the incumbent Progressive Conservative Mary O'Neill and the Liberal challenger Len Bracko.[4][5] Also in 2001 she worked as a youth organizer for the Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations[6] and was profiled in the Edmonton Journal as one of Alberta's 30 most-promising people under 30 years old.[7]

Mungall re-located to Nelson, British Columbia, after visiting some friends there.[3] She quickly integrated into the community and ran for city council in the November 2002 election. She was identified as a wildcard in the race, not expected to win because of her inexperience and being new to Nelson, but expected to do well from running a very strong campaign.[8] Surprisingly, she finished third, gaining her one of the six council seats.[9] At the age of 24, she was the youngest councillor in Nelson's history and was the youngest female municipal council member in Canada at the time.[10] She was appointed to several committees, including the Youth Centre Committee, the Nelson Electric Tramway, and the Social Advocacy Committee, and task forces, including the Participatory Governance Task Force, Arts, Culture and Heritage Task Force, and the Solid Waste Management Task Force.[11][12][13] As part of that Solid Waste Management Task Force, she helped introduce a blue box recycling program and privatized commercial garbage pick-up.[14] She introduced an anti-war resolution, which the council adopted, matching similar resolutions adopted in several other BC municipalities.[15] On local issues, she supported spending $4.4 million to purchase and move city hall to the White Building in a vote that split the council but was adopted on a tie-breaker vote.[16] In another split vote which was ultimately adopted, Mungall supported directing $30,000 in 2005 towards arts and culture initiatives.[17] She was on council during the 2004 ten week lock-out of municipal union workers as contract negotiations stalled over the issue of staffing levels.[18] During most of the time she was on council, she also worked at the Nelson Food Coalition.[19] She opted not to stand for re-election in the 2005 municipal election, citing a desire to further her education.[20] After fulfilling an eight month contract as a community developer with the Nelson Committee On Homelessness,[21] she moved to Victoria to attend Royal Roads University's Human Security and Peacebuilding program.[22] She traveled to Africa to spent seven months as an intern in Lusaka, Zambia working as a National Programmes Assistant for the World Young Women's Christian Association.[23][24][25] She returned to Nelson in February 2007 and worked at the Nelson and District Youth Employment Resources Center for several months,[26] followed by the nearly a year at a microfinace organization called the Circle of Habondia Lending Society.[27] At the same time, she was writing her Master's thesis regarding homelessness in rural British Columbia.[28] She submitted her dissertation in March 2009 and was awarded a Master of Arts degree by Royal Roads University.[29] Mungall married Zak Matieschyn on July 23, 2011 in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.[30]

Provincial politics

In 2008, after Nelson-Creston Member of the Legislative Assembly Corky Evans announced he would not seek re-election in the next provincial election Mungall expressed interest in seeking the BC NDP nomination for that election.[22] Three other women contested the nomination: fellow Nelson residents Kim Adamson and Bev LaPointe, as well as Creston small business owner Rhonda Barter.[31][32] The nomination vote was held in February 2009. In the preferential vote Lapointe and Barter were eliminated in the first two rounds and in the third round Mungall narrowly defeated Adamson.[33] Campaigning for the general began soon afterwards. She faced three other candidates, but only the BC Liberal candidate, long time rural director at the Regional District of Central Kootenay and former chair of the Columbia Basin Trust Josh Smienk was considered to be a serious challenger to Mungall.[34] The other candidates, Sean Kubara of Kaslo running for the Green Party[35] and David Duncan of the BC Conservative Party[36] ran limited or no campaigns.[37] Mungall campaign focused on issues surrounding the local economy, independent power producers, and health care.[3] She took 54% of the vote in winning the riding, but her New Democratic Party lost provincially to the BC Liberals who formed a majority government.

39th Parliament

In the (Bill M-208). The bill would have required more rigorous reporting and complaint resolution requirements in private educational institutes and brought English as a foreign or second language schools under the Private Career and Training Institutions Act.

Electoral history

B.C. General Election 2009: Nelson-Creston
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     NDP Michelle Mungall 9,060 55% n/a $52,366

     Conservative David Duncan 1,083 7% n/a $2,676
Total Valid Votes 16,523 100%
Total Rejected Ballots 98 0.6%
Turnout 16,621 60%
Alberta General Election 2001: St. Albert
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Mary O'Neill 9,537 53% n/a $79,601
     Alberta Liberal Len Bracko 7,479 41% n/a $19,522
     NDP Michelle Mungall 1,122 6% n/a $2,512
Total Valid Votes 18,138 100%
Total Rejected Ballots 63 0.3%
Turnout 18,201 64%

References

External links

  • Legislative Assembly of British Columbia - Michelle Mungall
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly - Michelle Mungall (Nelson-Creston)
  • British Columbia New Democratic Party - Michelle Mungall
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