Newspaper article The Canadian Press

John Nuraney, B.C.'S First Elected Muslim MLA Dies; Clark Pays Tribute

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

John Nuraney, B.C.'S First Elected Muslim MLA Dies; Clark Pays Tribute

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B.C.'s first elected Muslim MLA dies

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VICTORIA - British Columbia's first Muslim elected to the provincial legislature has died.

John Nuraney served two terms as a Liberal member of the legislature in the riding of Burnaby-Willingdon.

The Kenyan-born business leader was first elected in 2001 as a member of the Liberal government of former premier Gordon Campbell.

Nuraney was re-elected in 2005, but lost his seat in 2009 to New Democrat Kathy Corrigan in the Burnaby-Deer Lake riding.

The 79-year-old immigrated to Canada in 1974 after the government in Zaire -- now the Republic of Congo -- nationalized businesses and expelled foreigners.

Premier Christy Clark says in a statement that Nuraney was a mentor and a friend, and the Ismaili community has lost one of its most respected leaders. …

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