Libby in the News

Links to news articles written by or about Libby Davies.

  • Hockey legend Mark Messier, Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle invested into Order of Canada

    Eminent historians, astronomers, academics, lawyers, artists, social justice advocates, and former politicians and public servants were also invested. Among them Libby Davies, a Vancouver community activist and former city councillor and longtime NDP MP who championed LGBT rights, affordable housing and safe injection sites.

  • DOXA 2018: The Rankin File reveals Harry Rankin's love for underdogs as well as his troubling treatment of women

    Rankin’s left-wing allies—Libby Davies, Jean Swanson, Fred Wilson, and Smilsky—all offer their views with the hindsight of history, and this is offset by comments from Harcourt, former councillor Darlene Marzari, and Campbell, who won in a landslide. There's a particularly memorable footage of a COPE caucus meeting in Davies' living room with Swanson, Rankin, and councillors Bruce Yorke and Bruce Eriksen. Alfeld described this as the "most picture perfect East Vancouver COPE political moment", revealing everyone participating and contributing as equals. "That scene was so important to me," she said. "While it showed that Harry was a leader within COPE, it wasn't the Harry show."

  • International Women's Day 2018: Vancouver's 30 most influential female politicians in history

    A left-wing icon who served on park board, city council, and for 18 years in Parliament, her greatest legacy may have been in convincing the public and other politicians to look upon illicit-drug addiction as a health issue and to take the housing crisis seriously. This set the stage for a legal supervised-injection facility and a host of other measures. Davies also amplified the voices of marginalized people in her riding, be they sex workers, homeless people, or family members of missing and murdered women.

  • What political hue is the city of Vancouver? And how will that influence the next choice for mayor?

    In the meantime, two orange candidates have stepped forward to say they're mulling the possibility of running for mayor of Vancouver: former NDP MP Libby Davies and NDP MP Don Davies (no relation). My guess is that Don Davies would be less likely than Libby Davies to create problems for the NDP government over income inequality and social issues. In the past, Don Davies has had ties to the Alberta labour movement. He worked for years as a lawyer with the Teamsters, which is part of the B.C. & Yukon Building Trades and Construction Council. Coun. Raymond Louie, a moderate New Democrat, would also be a popular choice inside the premier's office. Libby Davies was once a Downtown Eastside housing activist before venturing into electoral politics.

  • It's time for the NDP to stand for democracy and human rights for Palestinians

    A resolution has been submitted to the NDP convention to update the NDP's policy on Palestine. It is supported by human rights advocates, veteran NDP activists, including ex-MP Libby Davies, and my organization, Independent Jewish Voices Canada. If adopted, it would significantly shift the discourse in Canada about Palestine. Its ripple effects would reach even more widely. The resolution has three points. It says the NDP will: Call upon Israel to end its occupation and settlement program, lift the Gaza blockade, recognize its Arab-Palestinian citizens' right to full equality, and address refugee claims fairly; Call for banning settlement products from Canadian markets, and using other forms of diplomatic and economic pressure to end the occupation; Oppose Canadian parliamentary efforts to undermine non-violent movements seeking a just resolution; in other words, oppose efforts to criminalize advocating for boycott, divestment and sanctions as Palestinian civil organizations have asked overseas supporters to do.

  • Federal NDP's Libby Davies and Don Davies say they're considering runs for Vancouver mayor

    Kerry Jang becomes fifth Vision Vancouver politician to announce he won't seek re-election in 2018 Gregor Robertson won't seek fourth term as mayor of Vancouver NPA issues open call for mayoral candidates in advance of October election Outgoing Vancouver East MP Libby Davies cautions social justice victories cannot be taken for granted NDP leader Jagmeet Singh stops short of support for drug legalization despite more overdose deaths Libby Davies, a former Member of Parliament who represented Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015, and Don Davies (no relation), the current MP for Vancouver Kingsway, both recently told the Globe and Mail’s Frances Bula that a move to civic politics is something they are thinking about. “People are hurting from struggling to live in the city,” Libby told the Globe for an article published yesterday (February 12). “Whoever runs, there's something big out there, and that person has to connect to people who are feeling lost." The civic election is scheduled for October 2018. Libby served as deputy leader of the NDP from 2007 to 2015 and held a seat on Vancouver city council from 1982 to 1993. She’s well respected for her record on issues that affect low-income earners and marginalized groups such as sex workers and people who struggle with addiction issues.

  • NDP MPs past and present mull bids for Vancouver mayoral election

    Two prominent NDP politicians say they are seriously considering a run for mayor of Vancouver in order to unite progressive parties against the centre-right Non-Partisan Association and tackle the city's extraordinary housing crisis. With the announcement last month that Mayor Gregor Robertson will not run again in October after 10 years in power with his Vision Vancouver party, the field has been thrown wide open, with all parties scrambling to devise strategy and field candidates. Over the weekend, former NDP MP Libby Davies and current NDP MP Don Davies – not related – both said they are talking to a wide range of people about how best to unite the centre-left and left-wing vote among Vision Vancouver, the Green Party, the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) and OneCity. Both say they're considering running because Vancouver is in serious trouble, with out-of-control housing costs and a sense that the city is failing residents. "It feels like the city is in shock," said Ms. Davies, who will be 64 at the end of the month. "People are hurting from struggling to live in the city. Whoever runs, there's something big out there, and that person has to connect to people who are feeling lost."

  • Is Libby Davies running for mayor?

    Since Mayor Gregor Robertson announced Jan. 10 that he will not seek a fourth term at city hall, the rumour mill has been operating 24/7 as to who will be Vancouver’s next mayor. A lot of those names being tossed about are women. I’ve come up with four: Tamara Vrooman, Katrina Pacey, Libby Davies and Adriane Carr. So what I’ve done is something revolutionary in these new times for journalism. I reached to my right, picked up a banana-shaped piece of plastic, punched in some numbers on a plastic pad and waited to hear those four women’s voices in my ear.

  • Fighting for Space: new book looks at Vancouver's history with addiction

    “I didn’t get to work writing the book until the holiday break of 2016. The ideas were starting to percolate through 2014 when the Portland Hotel Society, the non-profit housing provider in Vancouver, found itself in a bit of a financial scandal and the executive team there was eventually forced to resign. It meant that story was coming to an end. The same year, a notable activist on the Downtown Eastside, Bud Osborn passed away. A few months later, Libby Davies, who represented the Downtown Eastside in Ottawa resigned from politics after 17 years. It all felt like these stories were coming to a natural end and that they needed to be put down somewhere.”

  • NDP leader Jagmeet Singh calls opioid epidemic national crisis on campaign-style Vancouver visit

    Singh embarked on the tour to help build a profile in suburban ridings around Toronto and Metro Vancouver in particular, but is holding his first event in one of the NDP’s urban strongholds in Vancouver, Kwan’s Vancouver East riding, which was held for 18 years by Libby Davies.

  • 'It's not a fight we've won': Vancouver's iconic nuclear war activists renew calls for peace

    Libby Davies, a former NDP MP and Vancouver councillor, has been doing her best to keep the spirit alive. In 1983, Davies was one of several city councillors who voted to designate Vancouver a nuclear weapon-free zone. The designation was largely symbolic, but culminated in numerous anti-nuke signs posted throughout the city. "City councillors were meant to think about pot holes and zoning," Davies told CBC News. "The idea that we were involving ourselves in a global issue was very controversial."

  • Former NDP deputy leader Libby Davies endorses Charlie Angus to succeed Tom Mulcair

    "I landed with Charlie because, well, he has this common touch, and smile, and fierceness that draws me along the political path ahead of us," former deputy leader Libby Davies said in a statement. "A path where we rebuild, grow, reach, honour our roots, showing what New Democrats are about." Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015, opened her statement by mentioning that she has a picture of Angus, the NDP MP for Timmins–James Bay, visiting a small northern community in the bitter cold

  • The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users looks back on 20 years fighting for human rights

    In October 1997, Libby Davies had just been elected as the NDP MP to represent Vancouver East, a position she held until 2015. In a telephone interview, she recounts her first meeting at the church. "It’s a long flight of stairs up to that room," she begins. "It was very dark, it was extremely crowded. There were people sitting on the floor. There were flip-chart pages all along the walls, because Ann Livingston always used to write down what people said." Davies was greeted with skepticism. "Oh, a politician," she remembers a member of the audience said as Osborn introduced her. "But I told them that I was there because I was their member of Parliament," Davies continues. "That they were my constituents, and I was hugely concerned about what was going on with the overdoses and the criminalization of users, and that I was there to help them."

  • B.C. to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day with events in Vancouver and New Westminster

    Speakers there are scheduled to include Nichola Hall of From Grief to Action, a group that was instrumental in Vancouver’s response to a spike in overdoses the city struggled with in the 1990s. Another is Darwin Fisher, who manages North America’s first sanctioned supervised-injection facility, Insite. A third is Libby Davies, who was an NDP MP representing Vancouver East for 18 years until 2015.

  • Where Vancouver leads in LGBT progress: Local politicians make history in Canada

    It’s well known that the first openly gay Canadian MP was the NDP’s Svend Robinson. The long-time Burnaby-Douglas parliamentarian was first elected in 1979 and came out in 1988. The first female LGBT MP was the NDP’s Libby Davies, who represented Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015. She came out in 2001 and remains a close friend of Robinson’s.