2005 Candidates (as received from Elections B.C.):
- Richard Brand, Green Party of BC
- Pietro Calendino, New Democratic Party of B.C.
- Matthew R. Laird, DR BC
- Richard T. Lee, BC Liberal Party
Burnaby North is in the more industrial section of Burnaby, between Vancouver and New Westminster. With Vancouver's city limits as its western boundary, the riding is bordered on the north by Burrard Inlet, on the east largely by Duthie and Kensington avenues, and on the south by Canada Way. Waterfront activities include oil refineries and bulk loading plants, which, along with manufacturing and retail trade, employ a predominantly working-class population. The average family income is $62,320 – just under the B.C. average – and unemployment is 7.5 per cent. Immigrants account for 45 per cent of residents. At 36.6 per cent this riding has B.C.'s 10th-highest ethnic Chinese population. Another 12.4 per cent are ethnically Italian, and 6.4 per cent are South Asian.
The incumbent in Burnaby North is Liberal Richard T. Lee. He unseated incumbent Pietro Calendino of the NDP in 2001, breaking a four-decade New Democrat streak. In 1996 Calendino had fended off Lee by 766 votes. The NDP's Eileen Dailly served here from 1966-86, and was succeeded by Barry Jones from 1986-96.
In 2001, voter turnout in Burnaby North was 71.5 per cent – just above the provincial average.