John Parker (Canadian politician)

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John Parker
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Parker in 2012
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 26 (Don Valley West)
In office
December 1, 2006 – December 1, 2014
Preceded by Jane Pitfield
Succeeded by Jon Burnside
Deputy Speaker of Toronto City Council
In office
December 1, 2010 – December 1, 2014
Preceded by Gloria Lindsay Luby
Succeeded by Shelley Carroll
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Gary Malkowski
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency York East
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 62–63)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Toronto
Occupation Lawyer

John L. Parker (born c. 1954) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for York East from 1995 to 1999. From 2006 to 2014 he was a Toronto city councillor for Ward 26, which includes the neighbourhoods of Leaside and Flemingdon Park. From 2010 to 2014 he was appointed as Deputy Speaker.


Parker graduated from the University of Toronto, then Osgoode Hall Law School in 1980, and worked as a lawyer. After moving to the Leaside area he became active in the community and was a founding member of the board of the Bessborough Child Care Centre. He is a member of the Leaside United Church. He has coached community baseball, soccer and hockey teams. He served on the Board of the Leaside Hockey Rink and chaired the East York Committee of Adjustment.

In 2001, Parker helped found the Ontario Association of Former Parliamentarians. The association's objectives include offering experience in support of parliamentary democracy in a non-partisan way and to foster good relations between current members. Parker serves on the Board of Directors of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, a non-partisan, charitable organization that facilitates education, discussion and debate about Canada’s parliamentary democracy.

Provincial politics[edit]

He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating incumbent New Democrat Gary Malkowski by 3,263 votes in the riding of York East.[1] He served in Mike Harris's government for the next four years. During that time he was parliamentary assistant to Native Affairs.

In 1996, the Harris government reduced the number of provincial ridings from 130 to 103. This change resulted in some sitting MPPs having to compete against one another in the 1999 provincial election. Parker ran against Liberal Mike Colle in the newly created riding of Eglinton—Lawrence, and was defeated by 11,307 votes. Colle received 56.85 percent of the popular vote compared to Parker's 29.72 percent.[2]

Municipal politics[edit]

In 2006, Parker was elected as the City Councillor for Toronto's Ward 26. In a field of 15 candidates, Parker prevailed by a margin of 215 votes over runner-up Mohamed Dhanani. Parker received a total of 3,369 votes which amounted to just 20% of the popular vote.[3] Parker has received low grades on environmental issues. In 2008, the Toronto Environmental Alliance issued Parker an "F" grade for what they perceived to be an egregious voting record in 2007-2008.[4] While he is widely considered to be a right-wing councillor, Parker has received poor performance grades from the editorial boards of traditionally conservative newspapers in Ontario. The National Post and Toronto Sun gave Parker "C" grades in "report cards" these outlets issued for Toronto City Councillors in 2007 and 2010 respectively.[5][6] November 21, 2011, the Toronto Sun scored Councillor Parker an "A+".[7] In November 18, 2012, Toronto Taxpayer Coalition report card gave a rating of "B"[8]

In 2010, Parker was re-elected in Ward 26. He tallied the most votes in a three way race between previous contender Dhanani and newcomer Jon Burnside. The Toronto Sun supported Parker giving him the recommendation as "a hard-wired East Yorker, who brings a conservative ethic and is not easily panicked."[9] He was selected to be Deputy Speaker in December 2010.[10]

On October 27, 2014 Parker was defeated by Jon Burnside during the 2014 municipal elections and was the only incumbent defeated in the 2014 elections.

Election results[edit]

2014 Toronto election, Ward 23[11]
Candidate Votes  %
Jon Burnside 9,415 42.73%
John Parker 6,167 27.99%
Ishrath Velshi 3,055 13.86%
David Sparrow 1,786 8.11%
Wasim Vania 1,033 4.69%
Dimitre Popov 578 2.62%
Total 22,034 100.00%
2010 Toronto election, Ward 26[12]
Candidate Votes  %
John Parker 6,203 31.3
Jon Burnside 5,788 29.2
Mohamed Dhanani 5,627 28.4
Yunus Pandor 1,452 7.3
Tanvir Ahmed 377 1.9
Shaukat Malik 216 1.1
Nawab Salim Khan 169 0.9
Total 19,832 100

Unofficial results as of October 26, 2010 03:55 am

2006 Toronto election, Ward 26[13]
Candidate Votes  %
John Parker 3,369 20.1
Mohamed Dhanani 3,155 18.8
Abdul Ingar 2,940 17.6
Geoff Kettel 1,372 8.2
Natalie Maniates 1,336 8.0
David Thomas 1,095 6.5
John Masterson 887 5.3
Michele Carroll-Smith 743 4.4
Debbie Lechter 577 3.4
Csaba Vegh 371 2.2
Muhammad Alam 261 1.6
Fred Williams 256 1.5
Bahar Aminvaziri 215 1.3
Orhan Aybars 99 0.6
Raza Jabbar 76 0.5


  1. ^ Elections Ontario. Past elections, June 8, 1995 results for York East
  2. ^ "CBC - Ontario Votes 2003 - Ridings". 2003-10-02. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  3. ^ Toronto Votes 2006 Election Results, City Clerk's Official Declaration, City of Toronto website,; Internet.
  4. ^ "2. Council Votes for the Environment: Vote Count Report | Toronto Environmental Alliance". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  5. ^ Sue-Ann Levy, Bryn Weese and Rob Granatstein (2010-01-03). "City Hall report cards are in". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  6. ^ "Grading City Hall". The National Post: Toronto. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  7. ^ "T.O. council gets a C+ in taxpayer report card". The Toronto Sun: Toronto. Don Peat. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  8. ^ "Toronto Taxpayers Coalition issues councillors' report cards". The Toronto Sun: Toronto. Don Peat. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  9. ^ Brian Ashton. City Hall budget balancing act needs some old hands, too: Ashton. Toronto Sun. October 20, 2010.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "2014 General Election Results for City Ward 26 - Don Valley West". 
  12. ^ City of Toronto elections page
  13. ^ City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006

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