James Manly

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James Manly
MP for Cowichan—Malahat—The Islands
In office
18 February 1980 – 21 November 1988
Preceded byDon L. Taylor
Personal details
Born (1932-10-29) 29 October 1932 (age 86)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Political partyNew Democratic Party
OccupationClergyman, factory worker, logger, politician

James Douglas Manly (born 29 October 1932) was a New Democratic Party member of the House of Commons of Canada. He was a clergyman, factory worker and logger by career.

Before politics[edit]

Manly was ordained a minister in the United Church of Canada in 1957.[1]

Political career[edit]

His first attempt at entering federal politics was unsuccessful as he was defeated at British Columbia's Cowichan—Malahat—The Islands electoral district in the 1979 federal election. He won the riding in the 1980 federal election and was re-elected in the 1984 election. After this he left national politics having served in the 32nd and 33rd Canadian Parliaments. In parliament, Manly served as the New Democratic Party's Aboriginal Affairs critic.[2] As an MP he refused to support the Meech Lake Accord despite his party's official support for the constitutional deal, and walked out of the House of Commons during one of the votes on the accord.[3]

Manly also unsuccessfully attempted to enter British Columbia politics for the NDP in 1969 at the provincial Prince Rupert riding.

After politics[edit]

He has remained active in peace and social justice issues and has engaged in Central American solidarity work on behalf of the United Church.[4] In 1997, he wrote The Wounds of Manuel Saquic : Biblical Reflections from Guatemala. Published by the United Church's publishing arm, the book explored the issues of poverty, justice, solidarity and liberation theology in Guatemala and Central America linking issues with biblical passages.[1] He also served as a member of the United Church's British Columbia task force on residential schools and recommended that the church apologize to aboriginal Canadians for its role in the institutions.[5]

Manly supported Svend Robinson's unsuccessful bid to win the NDP's federal leadership convention in 1995[6] and Jack Layton's successful candidacy in 2003.[7]

On 20 October 2012, Manly was arrested by Israel for trying to breach a blockade of the Gaza Strip on the ship Estelle.[8] He was released on 25 October, saying that he suffered only minor indignities.[9]


  1. ^ a b Jim Manly books on RareNonFiction.com
  2. ^ http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/pdf_guides/RMM09171.pdf
  3. ^ Vienneau, David (23 June 1988). "Commons okays Meech accord for second time". Toronto Star.
  4. ^ http://www.georgiastrait.org/Newsletters/news0006-5.php
  5. ^ Scrivener, Leslie (28 October 1998). "Full apology offered to abused aboriginals United Church 'truly and most humbly sorry'". Toronto Star.
  6. ^ Robinson, Svend (16 September 1995). "Letter to the editor: Mr. Robinson replies". Globe and Mail.
  7. ^ Gordon, Charles (11 January 2003). "The kiss of death for Jack Layton". Ottawa Citizen.
  8. ^ Ex-MP sits in Israeli custody while fellow protesters released
  9. ^ The Canadian Press. "The Vancouver Sun - Former MP arrested in Gaza blockade arrives home". The Vancouver Sun. The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 25 October 2012.

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