Carolyn Parrish was first elected in 1993, after winning the largest nomination meeting in the history of Canadian Politics. She was returned in 1997 and 2000.
A strong human rights activist, Ms. Parrish was selected to observe elections in three emerging democracies: Ukraine, Bosnia and Palestine. She has also observed conditions in Israel/Palestine – once as part of a Canada Israel Committee tour and most recently with the Palestine House of Mississauga.
Ms. Parrish has held several positions of responsibility in Ottawa including serving as Chair of the 114-member Ontario Caucus and several terms as Chair of Private Members Business. Ms. Parrish also completed two terms as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and a term as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee of Procedures and House Affairs.
Ms. Parrish was elected Chair of the all-party Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association where she was instrumental in having Canada's Ottawa Convention ratified, banning anti-personnel landmines. After serving a two-year term as Vice-Chair of the International NATO Executive, Ms. Parrish resigned from the association, concerned that it was becoming an extension of its dominant partners – the U.S. and Britain.
Born in 1946, Ms. Parrish graduated from St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto in 1969 and the Ontario College of Education in 1970. A published writer and artist, Ms. Parrish and her husband David have two daughters, Suzanne and Lindsay.