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Richard T. Lee

Burnaby North Candidate

Richard T. Lee is the BC Liberal Party candidate for Burnaby North in the 2017 provincial election. He was first elected as MLA in 2001, and was re-elected in 2005, 2009 and 2013.


Lee most recently served as Deputy Speaker of the Legislature Assembly – the first B.C. MLA of Asian descent to serve in that capacity. Previously, he served the Parliamentary Secretary for Traditional Chinese Medicine, Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism. He has also served as deputy chair of the Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner and chair of the Government Caucus Asian Economic Development Committee.


Over the course of his four-terms in the legislature, Lee has fought to build a stronger Burnaby and bring new investments to his community. He has delivered over $30 million for upgrades to Burnaby Hospital and more than $50 million for the replacement of Burnaby Central Secondary School, which opened in 2011.


Lee has also delivered on a multitude of post-secondary education initiatives in Burnaby, granting over $477 million for BCIT and SFU, obtaining $500,000 to fund new spaces at the SFU Child Care Centre, and recently allocating another $500,000 for the BCIT Student Association Child Care Centre.


Before being elected to the Legislature, Lee was a programmer analyst at TRIUMF, Canada’s national particle research facility. In 1976, he earned a Combined Honours Bachelor of Science degree from UBC in physics and mathematics, and in 1980 received a Master of Sciences from UBC in Applied Mathematics. He attended the United States Particle Accelerator School at Berkeley in 1989 and once again in 1990 at Harvard University.


Lee’s community service includes: British Columbia Heritage Language Association director; Burnaby District Parents’ Advisory Council member; Burnaby Chinese Parents Association vice-president; Burnaby Multicultural Society director; Burnaby Voters Non-Partisan Association director; and Civic Education Society director.


In 1971, Lee moved to British Columbia, where his grandfather settled in 1913. He and his wife Anne married and settled in Burnaby in 1986, and have lived there since. They have three children.


“Under Premier Christy Clark, we are enjoying the top performing economy in the country and the lowest unemployment rate in Canada since 1976. Our jobs plan is working. Our economic plan is working. We have the ability to invest in our future and families like never before. And we will continue to do just that.” – Richard T. Lee


Get in touch with Richard by email: richard.lee@bcliberals.com

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