|Canadian Action Party
Parti action canadienne
|Founder||Paul T. Hellyer|
|Split from||Liberal Party|
|Headquarters||788 Mabel Lake Rd., Lumby, British Columbia|
|Political position||Left wing|
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|Politics of Canada
The Canadian Action Party (CAP) (French: Parti action canadienne, PAC) is a Canadian federal political party founded in 1997. It promotes Canadian nationalism, monetary and electoral reform, and opposes liberal globalization and the free trade agreements that have been signed by the Canadian government.
The Canadian Action Party (CAP) was founded by Paul T. Hellyer, a former Liberal minister of defence in the cabinet of Lester B. Pearson. Hellyer ran unsuccessfully for the leadership of the Liberal Party in 1968, and for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1976.
CAP nominated candidates for the first time in the 1997 federal election.
After the 1997 election, it absorbed the Canada Party, another minor party concerned about monetary reform which had been formed by former members of the Social Credit Party of Canada. Former Canada Party leader Claire Foss served as vice president of CAP until November 2003.
Hellyer resigned as CAP leader in 2003 after the New Democratic Party didn’t agree to a merger proposal, under which the NDP would change its name. In 2004, Connie Fogal, an activist lawyer, was acclaimed party leader after David Orchard failed to respond to an invitation to take over the leadership. Fogal stepped down in 2008 and was succeeded by Andrew J. Moulden following the2008 federal election.
A number of CAP members also belong to the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER) and have been influential in developing CAP’s monetary policy, particularly its position that the Bank of Canada, rather than chartered banks, should provide loans to the government, if required, to fund public spending.
CAP also argues for the abrogation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and opposes current government trade initiatives and any legislation leading to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and what it sees as integration with the United States and Mexico into a North American Union.
- Paul Hellyer, 1997–2004
- Connie Fogal, 2004 – November 2008
- Andrew J. Moulden, November 2008 – August 2009
- Dave Wilkinson, August 2009 – October 2009
- Melissa Brade, October 2009 – September 2010
- Christopher Porter, September 2010 – July 2012
- Jason Chase, July 2012 -April 2014
- Jeremy Arney, April 2014 – present
- Claire Foss, ? – 2003
- Connie Fogal, 2003–2004
- Catherine Whelan Costen, November 2005 – January 2007
- Bev Collins, February 2007 – 2008
- Marc Bombois, 2008 – August 2008
- Paul Kemp, August 2008 – 2009
- Calvin Keats, 2009 – February 2010
- Noelene Smith, July 2010 – 2011
- Maggie Braun, 2012 – November 2013
- Jeremy Arney, December 2013 – April 2014
- Logan Anderson May 2014 – May 2015
- Jeff Sakula May 2015 – Present
|Election||Leader||# of candidates||# of votes||% of popular vote||% of popular vote
in ridings contested
|1997 election||Paul Hellyer||58||17,502||0.13%||0.67%|
|2000 election||Paul Hellyer||70||27,101||0.21%||0.85%|
|2004 election||Connie Fogal||45||8,930||0.06%||0.41%|
|2006 election||Connie Fogal||36||6,102||0.04%||0.35%|
|2008 election||Connie Fogal||20||3,495||0.03%||0.38%|
|2011 election||Christopher Porter||12||1,951||0.01%||0.33%|
|2015 election||Jeremy Arney||3||429||0.00%|
|Date||By-Election||Candidate||# of votes||% of popular vote||Place||Winner|
|Mar 30, 1998||Port Moody-Coquitlam||Will Arlow||156||0.54%||6/8||Lou Sekora (Liberal)|
|Nov 15, 1999||York West||Stephen Burega||242||1.78%||5/6||Judy Sgro (Liberal)|
|Sep 11, 2000||Okanagan-Coquihalla||Jack William Peach||1,159||4.19%||4/8||Stockwell Day (Alliance)|
|Nov 27, 2006||London North Centre||Will Arlow||29||0.13%||7/7||Glen Pearson (Liberal)|
|Nov 27, 2006||Repentigny||Mahmood Raza Baig||91||0.29%||6/7||Raymond Gravel (Bloc)|
|Sep 17, 2007||Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot||Michel St-Onge||61||0.19%||7/7||Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac (Bloc)|
|Sep 17, 2007||Outremont||Alexandre Amirizian||45||0.19%||10/12||Thomas Mulcair (New Democrat)|
|Mar 17, 2008||Toronto Centre||Doug Plumb||97||0.40%||6/6||Bob Rae (Liberal)|
|Mar 17, 2008||Vancouver Quadra||Psamuel Frank||40||0.14%||6/6||Joyce Murray (Liberal)|