New Democratic Party

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The New Democratic Party or NDP is a Federal political Party in Canada and the current Official Opposition. Its current leader is Quebec MP Thomas Mulcair. It is noted for being the party of Tommy Douglas[1], founder of Canada's universal healthcare system. Said of Douglas "He pursued his radical ideas relentlessly until they became so mainstream rival politicians claimed them as their own". Douglas also criticized liberalism. [2]

The NDP has traditionally been an opponent to both the Conservative Party and Liberal Party as well as the separatist Bloc Quebecois. From their recent success in the 2011 elections the NDP beat their all time record of 43 seats of the Ed Broadbent era with 103 seats making them the official opposition, although they still have little to no power as the Conservatives have a majority government.

Some of the main issues on the party's platform include; Increasing social programs such as public health care (including dental) and eduction and a dramatic raise in taxes of all forms (except small business taxes). They support giving more money to the CBC, Quebec, and arts. They favour heavier regulation in all aspects of the economy.


  1. NDP Party history
  2. CBC historical archive on Tommy Douglas and the NDP.