Other Registered Parties
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Canadian Action party – The party emphasizes Canada's
sovereignty as a trading nation, opposing globalization and the free trade agreements signed by previous governments. The party
website says "We accept globalized solutions to universal problems such as the environment but reject the concept of an industrial world without borders. Strong domestic economics are essential to maximize human welfare." The party believes that repeated borrowing from the private sector, as opposed to the Bank of Canada, has sent Canadian money out of the country. The CAP advocates borrowing from the Bank of Canada to finance infrastructure, without building up foreign debt. The
party leader is Connie Fogal.
Christian Heritage Party – The CHP describes itself as "Canada's only pro-Life, pro-family federal political party", and the only party that recognizes the supremacy of God and the rule of law in Canadian life. The party wants to put forward the Biblical perspective upon which it says Canada was founded. They also support financial incentives for stay-at-home parents, and reducing the prison population by requiring restitution and treating non-violent criminals outside of prison. The party leader is Ron Gray.
Party of Canada – The socialist party platform is based on the
principles of Marxism-Leninism. The CPC (same initials
as the Conservative Party of Canada) decries the capitalist system as parasitic
and prone to unnecessary economic crises. The party lists job creation
as its top priority. The party successfully challenged a move to have it deregistered for not running enough candidates in the 1993 federal election. The federal government has since proposed
legislation that would allow parties to run just one candidate in a general
election. The leader of the Communist party is Miguel Figueroa.
Green Party of Canada – The party is the largest
of the secondary parties, in terms of number of candidates. The Greens plan
to run candidates in every riding during this election. The party says its
goals include environmental sustainability, social justice, gender equity
and decentralization of political power. The Green party has never won a
seat in Canada, but Green parties in other countries, such as Germany, Belgium
and Finland, have had some success at the ballot box. The party leader is
Libertarian Party of Canada – The party is founded on the belief that "each individual has the right to his or her own life, and this right is the source of all other rights." The party literature says property rights are essential, and that the only functions of government are settling disputes among individuals, and providing protection from criminals and foreign invaders. The party believes in an entirely free market economy, and the rights of the individual to live as he or she chooses. The party's leader is Jean-Serge Brisson.>
Marijuana party - This party is devoted to ending
the prohibition on marijuana use and possession in Canada. The party platform
states that after ending prohibition in Canada, it would focus on pressuring
the international community to also end prohibition against the drug. The
party platform is focused entirely on the issue of cannabis. The leader
of the party is Marc-Boris St.-Maurice.
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada – A socialist
party that refers to itself as the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist),
although it is registered only as Marxist-Leninist, to avoid confusion
with the Communist Party of Canada. The party's leader is Sandra
Progressive Canadian Party –
The party was formed by Progressive Conservatives who opposed the merger with the Alliance Party. In fact, some people associated with the party have launched a court challenge against the registration of the merged party, including organizer Joe Hueglin, who is a former PC MP from Ontario. The Progressive Canadian Party became a registered party at the end of May, and is basing its philosophy on the constitution of the previous PC party. The party is fiscally conservative, and stresses the importance of individual rights and responsibilities. The leader of the party is Ernie Schreiber.