Democratic Party (NDP)
LEADER / LE CHEF: Jack Layton.
BRIEF HISTORY: Founded in 1961 by a merger between the democratic socialist Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Party (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Initially named "The New Party," the group soon settled on New Democratic Party as the official name.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Strong populist, agrarian and democratic socialist roots; close affiliation with non-governmental organizations, organized labour, the Christian Left, the remnants of the United Church of Canada's Social Gospel movement from the early 1900s, and the New Left. The party has two significant wings: a larger, more centre-left faction and a smaller, more radically socialist faction. The NDP has never formed the federal government, but has wielded considerable influence during federal minority governments. The party is committed to economic and social justice, fair trade, environmental protection, and universal health care.
MAIN WEBSITE: NDP.ca
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