David J. Parker

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Parker campaigning during the 2008 federal election

David James Parker (born 1947) is a politician from Alberta, Canada. He was the leader of the Alberta Greens from 1996 to 2001. He has also been a perennial candidate running in federal and provincial elections.

Political career[edit]

Parker first ran for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1993 Alberta general election. He ran in the electoral district of Edmonton-Gold Bar. He was defeated finishing second last in a field of six candidates. Liberal incumbent Bettie Hewes won the electoral district with a landslide majority.[1]

Parker became leader of the Alberta Greens in 1996.[2] As leader of the party he ran for office in the 1997 Alberta general election in Gold Bar for the second time. He was easily defeated by Hugh MacDonald losing some of his previous votes and finishing second last with 97 votes. He finished just ahead of Natural Law leader Maury Shapka. Parker stepped down as leader in 2001.[1]

Parker ran for a seat in the Canadian House of Commons in the 2004 Canadian federal election in Edmonton Centre for the federal Greens. He won almost 5% of the popular vote finishing fourth. A few months later Parker ran in the provincial Edmonton Centre electoral district in the 2004 Alberta general election. He won fourth place well behind incumbent Laurie Blakeman. He ran again in Edmonton Centre two years later in the 2006 Canadian federal election this time marginally increasing his popular vote but still finishing a distant fourth place. Parker most recently ran for a second time in the provincial Edmonton Centre electoral district in the 2008 Alberta general election again finishing a distant fourth.

In the 2008 federal election, he placed fourth in the Edmonton Centre riding.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Edmonton-Gold Bar Official Results 1971-1997 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ "About David J. Parker". Green Party of Canada. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  3. ^ Elections Canada, 40th General Election results
Party political offices
Preceded by
Betty Paschen
Leader of the Alberta Greens
1996-2001
Succeeded by
George Read