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Encyclopedia > John Baranyi

John Baranyi (born 1961 in Elliot Lake, Ontario) is a Canadian politician. He has sought election to the Canadian House of Commons as a candidate of the Green Party of Canada, and has also campaigned provincially for the Green Party of Ontario. He is a small businessman.

Baranyi enrolled at McMaster University in 1980 as an engineer. The following year, he lived in a small village in northern Sumatra, Indonesia on the Canada World Youth Exchange Program. While living in this area, he became disgusted with the operations of Shell Oil, and the effects of internationalism capitalism on traditional village life. After returning to Canada, he became involved with the non-government organization Plenty Canada, which promoted soy productions and nutrition projects in the Caribbean. He has also worked as a tree planter and carpenter, and has designed environmentally-friendly houses. Also with his wife, he owns the vegetarian food company Pulse Foods.

He first ran for parliament in the 2000 federal election, as an independent candidate in the riding of Lanark—Carleton (there was also an official Green Party candidate in this race; Baranyi was not yet a member of the party). He finished seventh out of eight candidates with 150 votes, well behind the winner, Canadian Alliance candidate Scott Reid.

He ran in the provincial Lanark—Carleton riding in the 2003 provincial election, as a candidate of the Green Party. He received 2564 votes, finishing a credible fourth place. In the federal election of 2004, he ran in the redistributed riding of Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington and again finished fourth with 2736 votes.

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