Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninst)
LEADER / LE CHEF: Sandra L. Smith.
BRIEF HISTORY: The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) (CPC(M-L)) was forced to register with Elections Canada under the name Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC) in order to avoid ballot confusion with the Communist Party of Canada (CPC). While the party runs federal candidates under the MLPC banner, it retains CPC(M-L) as its official name. The CPC(M-L) was founded in 1970 and supported the "anti-revisionist" Maoist style of communism in China, versus the Soviet model embraced at the time by the CPC. Later in the 1970s, the CPC(M-L) denounced the "Khrushchevite" revisionism in post-Mao China and embraced the strident, anti-revisionist views of Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha. Later, following the collapse of communist in Albania, the CPC(M-L) adopted a slogan of "We are our own models." The CPC(M-L) remains strongly supportive of the communist governments in Cuba and North Korea, but is now slightly less doctrinaire then in the past. Today, the party less frequently quotes Mao, Lenin, Stalin and Hoxha -- and instead favours what it describes as "Contemporary Marxist-Leninist Thought." The CPC(M-L) first ran federal candidates in the 1974 elections. To date, no CPC(M-L) candidate has won a federal election.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The CPC(M-L) supports increased funding for social programs, impose a moratorium on debt, nationalization of all banks and other financial institutions, a new federal constitution which enshrines the rights and duties of all citizens without any discrimination on the basis of language, race, national origin, religion, gender, lifestyle, ability, age, wealth or on any other basis," electoral reform, repeal of FTA and NAFTA, withdrawal of Canada from NORAD and NATO, and closer ties with Cuba and North Korea.
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