John Edmund Parry
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Parry was born in London, England, UK. He was educated at Woodford Green in Essex, England, and at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Parry has a Master of Business Administration degree, and works as a business consultant. Prior to his election to the House of Commons, he served for six years as mayor of 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. Reid in 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 in Kenora-Rainy River to the House of Commons on his third attempt, in the 1984 election. He defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Al Lugli by 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 Reagan during an address by the president to the Canadian House of Commons (Toronto Star, 6 June 2004).
Parry moved to Manitoba in 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 Winnipeg as 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 2002 by-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.
As of 2005[update], 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—Wanuskewin for the 2004 federal election, but lost to Priscilla Settee.
He was nominated as the NDP candidate for Saskatoon—Wanuskewin in 2005, but when the election was delayed until 2006 he resigned his nomination when offered a position in Swift Current, and Jim Maddin was chosen as his replacement.
Parry returned to Saskatoon later in 2006 and embarked on a career managing NGOs. He held three Executive Directorships before retirement in 2010. He was again nominated to contest Saskatoon—Wanuskewin; the General Election came in 2011 and he finished second, despite polling the highest vote ever there for the NDP.