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Political Parties & Candidates

Political parties are the building blocks of modern elections. They provide the political leaders, candidates, and policy proposals that most people use to decide whom to vote for. There 1792 candidates from 23 parties registered for the 2015 election - five more parties than in 2011, which gives a wide range of people and issues to vote for.

The best way to discover what each political party stands for overall, or what it has to say on a particular issue, is to visit their web site and see what that have to say.  Lower down this page are links to all the registered parties and, where available, to their leaders, lists of candidates, and their main election platform.

Finding out what the parties stand for is vital for most Canadians at election time. A Nanos poll conducted in March 2011 found that 48% of Canadians said they were most influenced by a party's policies in their decision about whom to vote for, 20% by the party leader, and 10% simply said they traditionally vote for the party; only 12% of Canadians felt that the local candidate was the most important factor in deciding how to vote.

If you are unsure which party best matches your views, then visit the CBC Vote Compass. After answering a range of questions, you will see which of the major parties you are closest to you. Or, you can look up where the parties stand in particular areas of policy at CTV News.

To find out which parties and candidates are running in your own electoral district, visit Elections Canada.


 

Registered Political Parties

 

1 candidate


Alliance du Nord
François Bélanger
Candidates
Platform

 

 

8 candidates


Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada
Liz White
Candidates
Platform

 

78 candidates


Bloc Québécois
Gilles Duceppe
Candidates
Platform

 

1 candidate


Canada Party
James K. Pankiw
Candidates
Platform/Policies

 

 

3 candidates


Canadian Action Party
Jeremy E. Arney
Candidates
Platform/Policies

 

 

30 candidates


Christian Heritage Party
Rodney L. Taylor
Candidates
Platform
  
 

26 candidates


Communist Party of Canada
Miguel Figueroa 
Candidates
Platform
  

 

  

338* candidates


Conservative Party of Canada
Stephen Harper
Candidates
Platform
  

 

4 candidates


Democratic Advancement Party of Canada
Stephen Garvey
Candidates
Platform

 

 

17 candidate


Forces et Démocratie
Jean-François Fortin
Candidates
Platform

 

 

336 candidates


Green Party
Elizabeth May
Candidates
Platform
 

 

338* Candidates


Liberal Party of Canada
Justin Trudeau
Candidates
Platform

 

 

72 candidates


Libertarian Party of Canada
Timothy P. Moen
Candidates
Platform/Policies

 

 

8 candidates


Marijuana Party of Canada
Blair Longley
Candidates
Policies

 

 

70 candidates


The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Anna Di Carlo
Candidates
Platform/Policies 

 

 

338 candidates


New Democratic Party
Thomas Mulcair
Candidates
Platform
  

 

Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency 

1 candidate


Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency
Michael Nicula
Candidates
Platform

 

Pirate Party 

5 candidates


Pirate Party
Roderick Lim
Candidates
Platform
 

8 candidates


Progressive Canadian Party
Sinclair Stevens
Candidates
Platform/Policies 

 

 

Rhino Party 

27 candidates


Rhinoceros Party of Canada
Sébastien Corriveau
Candidates
Platform/Policies

 

 

1 candidate


Seniors Party of Canada
Daniel J. Patton
Candidates
Platform/Policies

 

Bridge Party 

1 candidate


the Bridge Party of Canada
David Berlin
Candidates
Platform/Policies

 

Pirate Party 

1 candidate


United Party of Canada
Bob Kesic
Candidates
Platform/Policies

 

In addition there are 80 individuals running as independents or non-affiliated candidates in 2015.

You can review information about the registered parties and candidates for the 2011, the 2008, the 2006 and 2004 elections, as well.

 

* Withdrawn Candidates

After the final deadline for candidate registration, the Liberal Party's candidate in BC's Victoria riding, Cheryl Thomas, resigned and did not campaign in the election, after controversial comments about the Middle East were uncovered on Facebook. Jagdish Grewal, the Conservative candidate in Mississauga-Malton, was also dropped as a candidate by his party after writing an editorial that referred to homosexuality as unnatural behaviour. In both cases, their names had to remain on the ballot papers as the deadline for withdrawal and fresh nominations had passed.

 

 

I welcome any feedback and suggestions for fresh material to add to this site -

Andrew Heard
Political Science Department  --  Simon Fraser university