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Julian West (January 7, 1964, England) is a mathematician, political and environmental activist from British Columbia, Canada.


Early life and career

West moved with his family to British Columbia, Canada in 1968. As a high school student, he represented Canada in Canada's first participation at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Washington, DC, USA in 1981, earning a bronze medal[1]. After attending high school in Vancouver, West earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. He has taught at universities in Canada, France and the United States, and currently resides in Paris.

Green Party

In 1995, West joined the Green Party of British Columbia and the Green Party of Canada. He ran provincially as a Green in the constituency of Cowichan-Ladysmith in 1996, losing to NDP incumbent Jan Pullinger. West held many high-level positions within the Green Party, notably serving as the chair of the provincial organizing committee, and later as the chair of the federal organizing committee. He was the Green Party's representative on Elections Canada's Advisory Committee of Political Parties from 1997 until 2003.

West was associated with the left-wing progressive element of the Green Party. He left the Green Party of British Columbia after Stuart Parker was ousted as its leader in March, 2000, and left the Green Party of Canada in 2003, citing differences with its new leader Jim Harris.

Electoral reform advocacy

West has been one of the most prominent advocates for proportional representation in Canada. He has served on the board of directors of Fair Vote Canada continuously since it was founded in 2000, and has held similar positions in British Columbia organizations including Fair Voting BC.

In September 2004, West was one of nine British Columbians chosen to address the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform in plenary session. He spoke in favour of the selection of BC-STV as a new voting system for the province. West later campaigned in favour of BC-STV in the 2005 referendum.

NDP candidacies

West joined the New Democratic Party in October 2003. He was an unsuccessful candidate for his party's nomination in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca for the 2004 federal election, and in Cowichan-Ladysmith for the 2005 BC provincial election.

On April 21, 2007, West defeated three other candidates to win the NDP nomination in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands for the 2008 federal election.

On September 23, 2008, after some controversy and allegations of impropriety, West withdrew his candidacy for the Saanich—Gulf Islands seat. Because the nomination deadline had already passed, West's withdrawal was too late for a new NDP candidate to be nominated. West's name remained on the ballot and although he ran no campaign, he garnered 5.69% of the vote.[2][3][4]

Electoral record

2008 federal election : Saanich—Gulf Islands edit
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
     Conservative Gary Lunn 27,988 43.43
     Liberal Briony Penn 25,367 39.36
     Green Andrew Lewis 6,732 10.45
     New Democratic Party Julian West 3,667 5.69
     Libertarian Party Dale P. Leier 246 0.38
     Western Block Party Patricia O'Brien 195 0.3
     Canadian Action Jeremy Arney 139 0.2
     Christian Heritage Dan Moreau 114 0.2
Total valid votes 64,448 100.00
Total rejected ballots ?? ??
Turnout ?? ??
Electors on the lists ?? ??
B.C. General Election 1996: Cowichan-Ladysmith
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     NDP Jan Pullinger 12,249 49.85% $32,625
     BC Liberal Ray Smith 7,783 31.68% $14,683
     BC Reform Tom Walker 2,434 9.91% $14,763
     PDA Perry James Johnston 1,459 5.94% $1,983
     Green Julian West 645 2.63% $3,167
Total Valid Votes 24,570 100.00%
Total Rejected Ballots 117 0.47%
Turnout 24,687 73.97%

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