Kennedy Stewart

The Basics: Kennedy Stewart is the 40th Mayor of the City of Vancouver. Stewart was first elected to office in 2011 as a New Democratic Party Member of Parliament. He served in this role until announcing his resignation in May 2018, with an intention to run for Mayor. In October 2018, he was elected as Mayor with 28.7% of the vote.

Background: Stewart completed a PhD in government from the London School of Economics. Before entering politics, he worked as an academic with a focus on citizen participation, democratic reform and municipal government.

Things You (Really) Should Know: Vancouver is an example of a Canadian city which has local political parties. In the previous term of Council, the Mayor and most Councillors were a part of the same political party, Vision Vancouver. The landscape of local political parties in Vancouver has shifted significantly in the lead up and during the 2018 election. The new Council elected in 2018 reflects a very different makeup: Mayor Stewart was elected as an independent (the first time in three decades that this has happened); and, there are four political parties represented on Council, none with a majority. 

Fun Fact: Stewart was arrested while protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at Kinder Morgan’s facility during the mayoral election campaign.


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Kennedy Stewart is the Mayor of the City of Vancouver, in British Columbia.