Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
March 22, 2019, 03:12:06 pm
HomePredMockPollEVCalcAFEWIKIHelpLogin Register
News: Please delete your old personal messages.

+  Atlas Forum
|-+  General Politics
| |-+  International General Discussion (Moderators: Gustaf, afleitch, Hash, Balkan Hitman)
| | |-+  Canada's political parties
« previous next »
Pages: [1] Print
Author Topic: Canada's political parties  (Read 2011 times)
Reignman
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 1,237


Political Matrix
E: -3.23, S: -3.65

View Profile Show only this user's posts in this thread
« on: July 29, 2004, 11:54:38 pm »

I've been curious about Canadian politics, and was wondering if anyone could tell me how their four main parties are different.  As far as I know, there's a party called something like the "new left" which I'm guessing is the far-left party, then there's the liberal and conservative parties, and the party that wants Quebec to be independent?
Logged
English
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 1,187


View Profile WWW Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2004, 04:25:32 am »

I'm not that well informed about Canadian Politics but I know the four main parties....

CPC, Conservative Party of Canada- Centre Right
LPC, Liberal Party of Canada- Centre
NDP, New Democratic Party- Centre Left
BQ, Bloc Quebecois- Quebec separatists.

The CPC is an amalgamation of the Progressive Conservatives (social liberals, fiscal conservatives) & the Alliance (social & fiscal conservatives). It hasn't been very successful, some PC MP's have defected to the LPC and some have formed the Progressive Party (the new Progressive Conservative party!!!). The CPC does well in the West, in particular Alberta.

The LPC is the dominant party of government. It's fiscally quite conservative, but socially liberal. It's often accused of speaking 'left' and acting 'right'. It tends to dominate in Ontario, lots of Quebec, the North & Maritimes as well as a few outposts in the west such as Edmonton and Vancouver.

The NDP have never formed a government, although they do well in provincial governments in Saskatchewan, BC and Manitoba. They're the social democratic party of Canada and favour strong health care & social security. It does well in the inner cities. Places like Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Hamilton.

The BC, unsurprisingly only do well in Quebec. They were originally, primarily a one issue party, i.e independence for Quebec, but they've now largely abandoned this rhetoric (since it's never gonna happen!) Now they pursue Quebec interests and are generally centre-left in their policies.
Logged
Filuwaúrdjan
Realpolitik
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 62,302
United Kingdom


View Profile Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2004, 06:53:07 am »

The NDP also do well in the backwoods (like Prince Rupert, Timmins or Thompson) and do well in the Atlantic (but with a few exceptions their vote isn't concentrated enough to win many seats. Not the same provincially in NS though)
Logged
English
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 1,187


View Profile WWW Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2004, 07:52:30 am »

Timmins? Really? That's the birthplace of Shania Twain! Very nice lady.
Logged
minionofmidas - supplemental forum account
Lewis Trondheim
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 58,291
India


View Profile Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2004, 07:53:41 am »

Timmins? Really? That's the birthplace of Shania Twain! Very nice lady.
Timmins - James Bay was an NDP gain in the last election.
Logged
English
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 1,187


View Profile WWW Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2004, 07:56:55 am »

I must say i'd love to visit some of these small towns in rural Canada, like Thompson. The nearest big city is probably Winnepeg and that's hundreds of miles away! wierd! Presumably they must have to fly to get anywhere?
Logged
Filuwaúrdjan
Realpolitik
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 62,302
United Kingdom


View Profile Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2004, 08:16:35 am »

Timmins? Really? That's the birthplace of Shania Twain! Very nice lady.
Timmins - James Bay was an NDP gain in the last election.

And most of it's been held by the provincial NDP since the '80's.
Logged
True Federalist
Ernest
Moderators
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 36,393
United States


View Profile WWW Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2004, 05:52:51 pm »

Is there indication that the BQ might try to widen their appeal to outside of Quebec by becoming a pro-Francophone party even if the Francophone does not live in Quebec.  They might be able to gain a few ridings in Ontario and New Brunswick if they were to do this.
Logged
Filuwaúrdjan
Realpolitik
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 62,302
United Kingdom


View Profile Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2004, 05:07:11 am »

Is there indication that the BQ might try to widen their appeal to outside of Quebec by becoming a pro-Francophone party even if the Francophone does not live in Quebec.  They might be able to gain a few ridings in Ontario and New Brunswick if they were to do this.

I've not heard anything like that, but it's a possibility at some point...
Logged
M
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 2,492


View Profile Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2004, 05:18:47 am »

Al are you playing my RPG or not? Your post is overdo.
Logged
Filuwaúrdjan
Realpolitik
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 62,302
United Kingdom


View Profile Show only this user's posts in this thread
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2004, 05:33:05 am »

Al are you playing my RPG or not? Your post is overdo.

Sorry about that... I wrote it last night but there was a powercut Sad
I posted a (very short and somewhat pathetic) little version on the thread.
Logged
Pages: [1] Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  


Login with username, password and session length
Logout

Terms of Service

Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines