John Edmund Parry
John Edmund Parry (born
February 6, 1946) is a Canadian politician. He served in the Canadian House of Commonsfrom 1984to 1988, as a member of the New Democratic Party.
Parry was born in
London, England, UK. He was educated at Woodford Greenin Essex, England, and at the University of Western Ontarioin London, Ontario. Parry has a Master of Business Administrationdegree, and works as a business consultant. Prior to his election to the House of Commons, he served for six years as mayorof Sioux Lookout in Northern Ontario.
He first campaigned for the House of Commons in the 1979 federal election, and finished a close second against Liberal candidate
John M. Reidin Kenora—Rainy River. He ran again in the 1980 election, and lost to Reid a second time by only 366 votes.
Parry was finally elected to the House of Commons on his third attempt, in the 1984 election. He defeated Progressive Conservative candidate
Al Lugliby 620 votes, while Reid finished third amid a national decline in support of the Liberal Party. The Progressive Conservative Party won a landslide majority government, and Parry served for the next four years as an opposition member. In 1987, Parry was one of three New Democratic Party Members of Parliament (MPs) to heckle American President Ronald Reaganduring an address by the president to the Canadian House of Commons ("Toronto Star", 6 June 2004).
He was defeated in the 1988 election, losing to Liberal candidate
Robert Naultby 1,211 votes.
Parry moved to
Manitobain 1993("Winnipeg Free Press", 5 September 2000). He sought election to the Winnipeg City Council in 1995, but lost to Al Golden in the St. Vital division. He had previously considered campaigning for Mayor of Winnipegas a candidate of the organization Winnipeg into the '90s("Winnipeg Free Press", 25 June 1995).
He campaigned as the New Democratic Party candidate in St. Boniface in the 2000 federal election, and finished third against Liberal incumbent
Ron Duhamel. He contested the same seat in a 2002by-election, and placed fourth against new Liberal candidate Raymond Simard.
During the early 1990s, Parry testified before a committee of the Ontario legislature on the state of Canada's constitution. He argued that Canadians were correct to reject the
Meech Lake Accord, and made a series of recommendations for a future constitutional accord. [http://www.ontla.on.ca/hansard/committee_debates/35_parl/session1/ontario/C005.htm#P68_12611] As of 2005, Parry works as a business consultant in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and serves as committee chair of both the Third Avenue United Church and the Saskatoon Peace Coalition. He sought the NDP nomination for Saskatoon—Wanuskewinfor the 2004 federal election, but lost to Priscilla Settee. [http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:vfk06Zf0EYYJ:www.rabble.ca/babble/ultimatebb.php%3Fubb%3Dget_topic%26f%3D7%26t%3D000437+%22John+Parry%22+NDP&hl=en]
He was nominated as the NDP candidate for Saskatoon—Wanuskewin in 2005, but when the election was delayed until 2006 he resigned his nomination and
James Maddinwas chosen as his replacement.
Parry once again sought the nomination in Saskatoon—Wanuskewin for the next federal election, but he lost to
John Parry has been married since 1976 to Rosanna Chu-Fai née Jen, photographer and former teacher. They are parents of Esther May-Yuen and Ann Wu-Lai.
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