Paul Manly

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Paul Manly

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Nanaimo—Ladysmith
Assumed office
May 6, 2019
Preceded bySheila Malcolmson
Personal details
Born (1964-04-19) April 19, 1964 (age 55)
Port Alice, British Columbia, Canada[1]
Political partyGreen (2015–present)
Other political
New Democratic (prior 2015)[2]
ParentsJames and Eva Manly[3]
ProfessionFilmmaker, researcher and communications specialist

Paul Manly MP is a Canadian politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nanaimo—Ladysmith since 2019. A member of the Green Party of Canada, he was elected to the House of Commons in a by-election on May 6, 2019, making him the second elected Green federal MP in Canadian history following party leader Elizabeth May's first election victory in the 2011 federal election.[4]

Early and personal lives[edit]

Manly was born in Port Alice on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His grandfather had a farm just outside of Nanaimo and Manly spent his formative years growing up in Ladysmith. He has been living in Nanaimo since 2002. His father, James Manly was a United Church minister and a New Democratic Party member of the House of Commons for the 32nd and 33rd Canadian Parliaments. His mother Eva Manly, a graduate of the University of Ottawa (BFA '85) is a multi-disciplinary artist who has collaborated with him on several video and documentary projects.

Manly has a diploma in broadcasting from Algonquin College in Ottawa and a degree in media studies and global studies from Vancouver Island University. Manly is married to Samantha Letourneau, has two daughters and one granddaughter.


Manly started making documentary and educational films after graduating from broadcasting in 1991. His work focuses on environmental and social justice issues and has broadcast nationally and internationally. His first major film was a collaboration with his parents on a historic documentary about residential schools entitled the Awakening of Elizabeth Shaw. He collaborated with his parents again on a film about human rights workers in Guatemala entitled ‘Bringing Truth to Light’. His film Sombrio documents the end of a community of surfers and squatters on the south west coast of Vancouver Island. In 2007, Manly videotaped three police provocateurs inciting violence at the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) leaders event and the footage went viral making international news. He included that footage in his film ‘You, Me and the SPP’ which he released in 2009. Manly has made two films about water issues on Vancouver Island ‘Voices of the River’ about the Nanaimo River and ‘Troubled Water’ about the community drinking-water watershed on the east coast of the island.

Manly has worked on a number of educational projects related to aboriginal culture, mental health, health care, environmental stewardship and economic alternatives. He has collaborated on educational projects with organizations such as the Council of Canadians, Columbia Centre Society, Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Hul’qumi’num Health Hub, the B.C. Health Coalition, The Land Conservancy of B.C., the Georgia Straight Alliance and Tanker Free B.C. among others.

In 2010, Manly produced the first video exposing the export of raw bitumen out of the Port of Vancouver and the plans for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. He then produced a PSA with Pamela Anderson which attracted international attention to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and received media coverage across Canada and around the world.

He was a department manager at the Satellite Video Exchange Society for six years. He also worked in artist management negotiating international recording, licensing and distribution deals and managing international tours.

He was a director on the board of the development company for Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community, a multi-million dollar housing project. He is currently a director of the Mid Island Consumer Services Cooperative. Previously, Manly was a director on the national board of the Council of Canadians representing the B.C. Yukon region.

Recently he has also been working in the non-profit sector coordinating Nanaimo Foodshare’s Cultivating Abilities skills training program for people with barriers to employment.[5]


The Awakening of Elizabeth Shaw, 25 minutes, 1996

Bringing Truth to Light, 25 minutes, 1998

Building Bridges, 18 minutes, 2004

Sombrio, 60 minutes, 2006

You, Me and the SPP, 90 minutes, 2009

Voices of the River, 48 minutes, 2012

Troubled Water, 52 minutes, 2013

Five Acres, 28 minutes, 2019


Manly initially sought the NDP nomination for Nanaimo—Ladysmith in the 2015 election. He was denied by the party's federal executive for publicly criticizing the NDP because the party did not advocate on behalf of his father Jim when the former MP was detained for four days by the Israeli military in 2012.[2] He ran for the Green Party in that election, finishing in fourth place.

Manly was elected to the House of Commons in a by-election on May 6, 2019, making him the second elected Green MP in Canadian history following party leader Elizabeth May's first election victory in the 2011 federal election.[4]

He was re-elected in the 2019 federal election.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

Template:Canadian federal election, 2019/Nanaimo—Ladysmith

Canadian federal by-election, May 6, 2019: Nanaimo—Ladysmith
Resignation of Sheila Malcolmson
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Paul Manly 15,302 37.26 +17.51
Conservative John Hirst 10,215 24.88 +1.52
New Democratic Bob Chamberlin 9,446 23.00 –10.20
Liberal Michelle Corfield 4,515 10.99 –12.52
People's Jennifer Clarke 1,268 3.09 +3.09
Progressive Canadian Brian Marlatt 253 0.62 +0.62
National Citizens Alliance Jakob Letkemann 66 0.16 +0.16
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,065 99.68
Total rejected ballots 130 0.32 +0.09
Turnout 41,195 41.44 -33.56
Eligible voters 99,413
Green gain from New Democratic Swing +13.85
Source: Elections Canada[7]; MacLean's[8]
2015 Canadian federal election: Nanaimo—Ladysmith
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Sheila Malcolmson 23,651 33.20 -12.06 $136,135.63
Liberal Tim Tessier 16,753 23.52 +16.84 $21,699.17
Conservative Mark Allen MacDonald 16,637 23.35 -17.04 $132,376.87
Green Paul Manly 14,074 19.76 +12.58 $145,016.61
Marxist–Leninist Jack East 126 0.18
Total valid votes/Expense limit 71,241 99.78   $236,098.07
Total rejected ballots 158 0.22
Turnout 71,399 75.00
Eligible voters 95,200
New Democratic notional hold Swing -14.45
Source: Elections Canada[9][10][11]


  1. ^ a b "About Paul". Paul Manly - Green Party candidate Nanaimo-Ladysmith. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mas, Susana (July 2, 2014). "NDP blocks Paul Manly, son of former MP, from seeking 2015 bid in B.C." CBC News. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Manly, Paul (May 7, 2019). "Paul Manly". Manly Media. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Ghoussoub, Michelle (May 6, 2019). "Green Party wins byelection in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, CBC projects". CBC News.
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  6. ^ Egan-Elliott, Roxanne (October 21, 2019). "Nanaimo-Ladysmith: Green Party's Paul Manly goes two-for-two in 2019 elections". Times Colonist. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Validated Results - Nanaimo—Ladysmith
  8. ^ MacLean's (May 7, 2019). "Nanaimo–Ladysmith by-election 2019: Live results". MacLean's. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Nanaimo—Ladysmith, 30 September 2015
  10. ^ Official Voting Results - Nanaimo—Ladysmith
  11. ^ Elections Canada – Final Candidates Election Expenses Limits

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