- Edmonton Centre
Candidate: David J Parker
David Parker has been involved with the Green Party of Canada for almost 25 years, and is excited to be the candidate for Edmonton Centre again in 2015, having run in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2011. David initially decided to run for Green Party because he is a strong supporter of their stance on issues of social equity, and believes their platform provides him the best opportunity to address the growing disparity between the wealthy and the poor.
David is a professional engineer (P.Eng) and taught Instrumentation Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) from 1978, until his retirement in 2014. He holds an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Huddersfield University in West Yorkshire, England (1972).
David is a well traveled individual who has lived all over the globe, and learned from a variety of cultures. He was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England in 1947, and lived there until he was twenty. During his career with NAIT, David was given opportunities to live and teach in Singapore, Australia and Cuba. His first year in Canada (1976) was spent working at the mine site in Uranium City, Saskatchewan.
David was proud to be the leader of the Green Party of Alberta from 1996 to 2002, and has run in four elections for the provincial party. Having been one of the founding members of the Climate Action Network (CANet), he has worked to advance action on the critical issue of climate change in a non-governmental capacity. He has also been a delegate to UN climate change conferences in both Montreal (2005) and Copenhagen (2009).
David has spent the last 25 years of his life working with and for various environmental organizations including: Edmonton Friends of the North, the Alberta Environmental Network, the Canadian Environmental Network, the Climate Action Network, Vegans & Vegetarians of Alberta Association, TD-Canada Trust Friends of Environment Foundation, and EcoNAIT. In October 2014 he visited Nepal where his charitable group is supporting two schools and a girl’s college in the town of Lumbini.
As a member of parliament David would dedicate himself to enhancing the health, well-being and ecological sustainability of all Canadians. He recognizes that children are our best asset, and that the first years of development are the most crucial. Having received a state funded education himself, David would work as an MP to ensure that all Canadians have access to free quality education –including post-secondary education– regardless of social class, gender, ethnicity or family income.
The Green Party is excited to have David Parker as our candidate in the riding of Edmonton Centre.