Percy Paris

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The Honourable
Percy A. Paris
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Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank
In office
June 13, 2006 – October 8, 2013
Preceded by Gary Hines
Succeeded by Bill Horne
Minister of Economic and Rural Development
In office
June 19, 2009 – May 9, 2013
Preceded by Angus MacIsaac
Succeeded by Graham Steele
Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Heritage
In office
June 19, 2009 – May 9, 2013
Preceded by Bill Dooks
Succeeded by Graham Steele
Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs
In office
June 19, 2009 – May 9, 2013
Preceded by Barry Barnet
Succeeded by Graham Steele
Personal details
Born 1947/1948 (age 68–69)[1]
Windsor, Nova Scotia
Political party NDP
Residence Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia
Occupation small business owner, university administrator

Percy A. Paris is a former Canadian politician from Nova Scotia. He represented the constituency of Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party between 2006-2013.

A native of Windsor, Paris has worked in a variety of jobs. He was a small business owner, having owned and operated a bar in Lower Sackville, as well as the Jet Journal, a local publication. Paris also worked as a municipal employee for the City of Halifax, and as a hockey scout with the International Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Paris worked for Dalhousie University in a variety of positions: director of the Diversity Initiative, Black Student Advisor, instructor in Black History, and was involved with the Transition Year Program.

Paris has been an active community volunteer and was the recipient of a human rights award from the Human Rights Commission of Nova Scotia for his work bringing communities together through sport. Paris has held positions on a number of boards of directors including the Riverlake Residents' Association, the Black Business Initiative, National Access Awareness Week, Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities, the King's-Edgehill School Alumni Association, Team Work Co-operative, Halifax Black Community Workshop, Dartmouth East Black Learning Centre and the Metro Committee for Persons with Disabilities.

Political career[edit]

In 2006 Paris successfully ran for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party nomination in the riding of Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank. He was elected in the 2006 provincial election, defeating the incumbent Progressive Conservative Gary Hines with 46.39% of the vote.[2] Paris was re-elected in the 2009 provincial election with 54.47 per cent of the vote.[3] During this period Paris was the only African-Nova Scotian elected to the provincial legislature.

While serving as a member of the official opposition from 2006-2009, Paris was the NDP's critic for Education and Early Childhood Development, as well as African Nova Scotian Affairs.

On June 19, 2009 Paris was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where he served as Minister of Economic and Rural Development, as well as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and as Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs.[4]

On May 9, 2013, Paris resigned from cabinet following an incident at the House of Assembly earlier in the day.[5][6] Paris revealed that he "lost his composure" in the hallway outside the legislature chamber involving a fellow member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Later that same day, a spokesman for Halifax Regional Police confirmed they were investigating an alleged assault at the legislature building, issuing a statement saying that they had charged a 65-year-old man from Windsor Junction with uttering threats and assault after receiving a complaint.[7]

On May 10, 2013, Liberal member of the Nova Scotia legislature Keith Colwell stated "Yesterday in the House of Assembly, I was assaulted and threatened by the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism", adding that he did not know what prompted the attack. According to Paris, the pair had a "heated exchange" near the doorway of a washroom for members of the legislative assembly, admitting that he momentarily lost his temper and stating "I regret I lost my cool for a few seconds". Colwell has been a member of the legislature since 1993. Paris's lawyer appeared in court June 18, 2013 on his behalf where the case was adjourned to July 4, 2013.[8] Paris's lawyer appeared in court July 4, 2013 on his behalf and stated that he was accepting responsibility for a minor assault and making threats against Colwell, and by doing so, could end up with no criminal record. The Crown prosecutor recommended that Paris enter the adult diversion program.[9][10] Paris successfully completed the adult diversion program and it was announced on October 24, 2013 that the charges were being dropped.[11]

Paris was not re-elected in the 2013 provincial election, having placed third behind candidates for the PC Party and the winning Liberal Party.


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  2. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 2006 (Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 2006. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  3. ^, Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank, 2009 results [1] Retrieved on June 11, 2009
  4. ^ Premier Dexter Unveils 12-member Cabinet, Government of Nova Scotia website, [2] Retrieved June 19, 2009
  5. ^ "Premier accepts Percy Paris's resignation from Cabinet". Government of Nova Scotia, May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "N.S. cabinet minister resigns after bathroom fight". CBC News, May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Nova Scotia cabinet minister resigns after police called to investigate alleged assault at legislature". National Post, May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Paris to appear in court June 18". Cape Breton Post, May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  9. ^ Jackson, David (4 July 2013). "Paris to accept responsibility in legislature assault". The Chronicle-Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "N.S. MLA Percy Paris' assault case sent to adult diversion program". Global News. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Percy Paris assault charges dismissed". CBC. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.