Canadian politician and member of the Canada’s Democrat Party, Dawn Black was born, Dawn Whitty, on April 1, 1943

Dawn Black, who is currently 72 years of age, was the opposition leader of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada from January 19 – April 17, 2011. Dawn Black is married to Peter James Black.

Her predecessor was Carole James and her successor is Adrian Dix. As the MLA for New Westminster, Dawn Black served from 2009–2013. Chuck Puchmayr preceder Black and her successor was Judy Darcy. As a Canadian Parliament member for Coquitlam – New Westminster, Dawn Black served from April 3, 2006 – 2009 and was preceded by Paul Forseth and succeeded by Fin Donnelly. As a member of Canada’s Parliament for Burnaby – New Westminster Dawn Black served from 1988-1993 and was succeeded by Paul Forseth.

images (3)Dawn Black became involved with Canadian politics at a young age and as her first role with Canadian government, Black became an assistant to the Democratic Party Member of Parliament, Pauline Jewett During the Canadian 1988 election, Black was elected as the New Westminster MP for Burnaby, as Jewett, as was retiring. As an MP, one of her most recognized achievements was proposing a private member’s bill that designated December 6, (the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre), not only a permanent day of remembrance but an action against violent acts towards women. Ms. Black also led the opposition against the Tories’ anti-abortion measure, when the politician proposed an anti-stalking measure, which was subsequently adopted by Parliament.

In the election of 1993, Ms. Black lost her seat to the Reform Party candidate, Paul Forseth and was again defeated by him in 1997, but subsequently defeated him in 2006.

During the first question period of the 39th Parliament on April 5, 2006, Black asked Gordon O’Connor, the then Minister of National Defense, to renegotiate the agreement for prisoner transfer with the Afghan government. Mr. O’Connor refused, stating, “Mr. Speaker, we have no intention of redrafting the agreement. The Red Crescent and the Red Cross are charged with ensuring that prisoners aren’t abused. There’s no agreement that prevents Canada from determining the prisoners’ fate, so there’s no need to make any changes to the agreement.” As Black was prominent on this issue, this eventually saw Gordon O’Connor’s resignation and a brand new transfer agreement’s negotiation.

In 2009, Black made an announcement hat she’d end her run as MP, as she wished to run for the NPD of British Columbia during the upcoming election. She aimed to stay in office for the duration that it took to create a bill with private members that limited the use of armored vehicles among civilians, a serious issue in a city with grown gang violence issues.

On January 9, 2011, she was unanimously nominated Black to be the interim leader of the British Columbia NDP. The Council of British Columbia ratified this decision just a day later. Black said after her nomination, “I’ve done a lot of tough things during my life – I’ve traveled to Afghanistan. The challenge is to prove to British Columbia that we are working together. Everyone made a commitment today to expose the promises broken by a Liberal government.”