Nils B. Jensen
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Message from Nils

Dear friend,

A credible, compassionate and responsible governing alternative to Gordon Campbell’s Liberals. This is what the public is expecting from our Party, and it’s why I’m running for Leader.

In my travels around BC during this race – to about 35 communities – I hear time and again that people are looking to our party to provide an alternative to Campbell – and I think we’re ready.

I see a party that is ready to take on the challenge that is put before us – to build a competent, compassionate and responsible government that will redefine the old debate in this province.

I see a party that wants very much to hold the current government to account.

And most of all I see a party that wants to offer more than rhetoric and anger – but hope, vision, and common sense.

The position I have stated throughout my campaign is this:

  • We must become the party of democratic reform and renewal – reconnecting politics and government to the hopes and ambitions of a new generation of British Columbians.
  • We must become the party of public service renewal, and
  • We must become the party of fiscal sanity and prudence.

It’s time for a social democratic governing majority. To accomplish this we must win over the support of people who didn’t support us in the last election. I believe I can help build a new agenda by reaching out to British Columbians who share our values, but are not fully convinced of our political ability.

Together, we can rebuild our party and forge a progressive majority that will carry our values into action.

Please contact my campaign or visit the web site to get involved and to learn more.

Nils Jensen
Candidate for Leader, BC NDP

Personal Biographical Information

Born: July 26, 1949. Slagelse, Denmark

Married to Jean Thomson, Montessori Teacher, 19 years

Father of two boys aged 11 and 17 years


Master of Laws, 1981, London School of Economics and Political Science

Bachelor of Laws, 1975, Osgoode Hall Law School, Prizes: Tax Law and Commercial Law

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, 1972, University of Ottawa

Professional and Political Experience

23 years practicing law

Crown prosecutor - 18 years. Crown Counsel in Nelson Vancouver and Victoria. Prosecutions conducted throughout the province: Kamloops, Merritt, Prince George, William Lake, Hundred Mile House, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Powell River, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Nakusp, Rossland, Salmo, Creston, Fernie, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, West Vancouver

Defence counsel - 5 years

12 years teaching law

University of Victoria - sessional lecturer

Carleton University - assistant professor

Local government

3 term Oak Bay Municipal Councillor

Chair of the Capital Regional District Water Board

  • Expanded reservoir - $1.4 million under budget

  • New treatment plant

  • First Nations water sharing agreement

  • Crisis management of 2001 drought

Member of Greater Victoria Public Library Board

Community Involvement

Baseball Executive Member and Coach (6 years); Soccer Coach (8 years); Scout Leader (3 1/2 years)


International Child Care (Canadian health and development NGO)

Ottawa Immigration Centre - an immigrant support agency

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights

Observer Bosnia Herzegovina/Yugoslavia. Reported to Department of External Affairs

Community Association Director and Executive (approx 10 years) Ottawa and South Oak Bay

Chair Environmental Advisory Committee to Ottawa City Council

Questions and Answers
Coming soon.


Stefaneks BBQ in Kamloops

Chinese buffet with members of the Kelowna-Lake Country and Kelowna-Mission

Cowboy breakfast with Millie Mitchell and Yale-Lillolet President Roger Robichaud 

The leadership tour starts in Mission, meeting with Randy Cairns, President Maple Ridge-Mission and former MLA candidate Rose Bennett

Picnic with Corky Evans and members of Nelson-Creston constituency (held banner with Tish Lakes)

Meeting with members of the Okanagan-Vernon constituency with President Craeg Pohorelic

Meeting with members of the Shuswap constituency at the home of President Barb Massey

Nils' meet-and-greet at Fisherman's Hall in Prince Rupert



“Nils has done a fantastic job in his community for the people of Victoria. He’s a consensus builder and a mediator.”
Carol Judd Victoria federal 1997 Candidate