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|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for St. John's South—Mount Pearl
May 2, 2011 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Siobhán Coady|
|Succeeded by||Seamus O'Regan|
November 20, 1966 |
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
|Political party||New Democratic Party (2008-2015)
Progressive Conservative Party (2015)
|Residence||St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Alma mater||College of the North Atlantic (Stephenville)|
Ronald E. "Ryan" Cleary (born November 20, 1966) is a Canadian politician and journalist from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He was the Member of Parliament for St. John's South—Mount Pearl from 2011 to 2015.
Born in Gander and raised in Riverhead, Harbour Grace, and Bay Roberts, Cleary graduated from the journalism program at the Stephenville campus of the College of the North Atlantic in 1989. On May 2, 2011, Cleary was elected to the House of Commons as a member of the New Democratic Party in the 2011 election. He was defeated in the 2015 Canadian federal election, after which he switched parties to run as a Progressive Conservative in the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election and was defeated in Windsor Lake.
As a journalist, Cleary covered most of the major events in Newfoundland and Labrador over the past two decades. He was fisheries reporter for The Telegram in 1992 when the moratorium was first introduced on northern cod. He also worked as a political and investigative reporter and has won numerous journalism awards and accolades throughout his career.
Cleary was the editor-in-chief of The Independent newspaper and was known for his outspoken and controversial articles. For example, Cleary claimed in his columns that Quebec had too much power in Canadian government institutions and said that Canada's top two problems were Quebec and Quebec. Cleary also earned a reputation as a steadfast Newfoundland separatist, such as in May 2008, when he wrote "I don’t want to seem ungrateful, but now that we’re rolling in the cash it may be time to consider breaking away from the country of Canada.” When The Independent went out of business he went on to host Nightline, a VOCM radio call in program. Cleary also worked for The Newfoundland Herald, NTV, and Time Magazine.
Cleary first entered politics when he became the New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate in the riding of St. John's South—Mount Pearl in the October 2008 federal election. His candidacy led to some controversy for him and NDP leader Jack Layton for comments Cleary had written only a couple of years before when he was a journalist. Cleary had referred to NDP supporters as a "small pocket of aging granolas and artsy-fartsies" and that they were "a mainstream party that wouldn't win an election if Jackie Layton was given a 100-seat head start." Despite his late entrance into the campaign and his previous comments he still managed to place a strong second in the riding.
On September 17, 2009, the New Democrats nominated Cleary as their candidate in St. John's South-Mount Pearl for the next federal election. In October 2010, Cleary announced that he would withdraw his candidacy. He stated that being a political candidate has created a conflict with his journalism work and that he wished to continue with his journalism career. He also noted that he had severed all ties with the NDP. However, in March 2011 with the announcement of a federal election, Cleary said he would return to run for the NDP again. On May 2, Cleary defeated Liberal Siobhán Coady receiving 18,332 votes to Coady's 10,670.
After Lorraine Michael stepped down as the leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party in early 2015, Cleary publicly mused running for the party's leadership in the 2015 leadership election, but ultimately decided to not seek the position.
In the 2015 federal election, Cleary was defeated by Liberal Seamus O'Regan. On election night, NDP leader Tom Mulcair called Cleary his “political hero”. He also supports ending the NDP's association with trade unions.
After his defeat in the 2015 federal election, Cleary entered talks with the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador to run under their banner in the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador general election. On October 30, Cleary announced that he would seek the party's nomination in the electoral district of Windsor Lake. He won the Progressive Conservative nomination but was defeated in the general election by Liberal incumbent Cathy Bennett.
In 2016, Cleary was involved with efforts to organize a new union of fish harvesters, to be called the Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters, or FISH-NL, as a rival to the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union.
|Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2015: Windsor Lake|
|Progressive Conservative||Ryan Cleary||970||20.24|
|New Democratic||Don Rowe||640||13.36|
|Total valid votes||4,792||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 2015: St. John's South—Mount Pearl|
|New Democratic||Ryan Cleary||16,467||36.76||–9.58||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||44,801||100.0||$200,174.30|
|Total rejected ballots||133||0.30||+0.02|
|Liberal gain from New Democratic||Swing||+19.45|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: St. John's South—Mount Pearl|
|New Democratic||Ryan Cleary||18,681||47.92||+7.36||$67,211.17|
|Green||Rick Austin||291||0.75||-1.11||none listed|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||38,985||100.0||–||$82,628.65|
|Total rejected, declined and unmarked ballots||108||0.28||+0.01|
|New Democratic gain from Liberal||Swing||+11.06|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: St. John's South—Mount Pearl|
|New Democratic||Ryan Cleary||13,971||40.56||+18.87||$18,947.03|
|Newfoundland and Labrador First||Greg Byrne||402||1.16||–||$2,908.17|
|Independent||Terry Christopher Butler||179||0.51||–||none listed|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||34,439||100.0||–||$80,167|
|Total rejected, declined and unmarked ballots||92||0.27||-0.06|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||-4.28|
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- "Hey, 'losers'! Journalists-turned-candidates haunted by political critiques". Canadian Broadcasting corporation. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
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- Ryan Cleary wins bid to represent NDP in St. Johns South-Mount Pearl
- "Cleary bows out as NDP candidate". CBC News. October 29, 2010.
- "Cleary considering federal comeback". CBC News. March 18, 2011.
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- "Ryan Cleary, Earle McCurdy considering bids for NDP leadership". CBC News. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- "Seamus O'Regan upsets Ryan Cleary for Liberal win in St. John's South-Mount Pearl". CBC News. October 20, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
- "O'Regan triumphs over Cleary; Krol blames Williams". The Telegram. St. John's. October 20, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
- "Defeated NDP MP Ryan Cleary in talks with PC Party, sources say". CBC News. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
- "Ryan Cleary says fears of Liberal juggernaut 'kept him awake'". CBC News. October 30, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
- "Ryan Cleary says 7 seats 'good news' for PCs despite own loss". CBC News. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
- "October 19, 2015 Election Results — St. John's South—Mount Pearl (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
- Elections Canada – Official voting results, Forty-first general election, 2011
- Elections Canada – Candidate's electoral campaign return, 41st general election