Strength in Democracy

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Strength in Democracy
Forces et Démocratie
Active party
Leader Jean-François Fortin
Founded October 21, 2014
Headquarters Matane, Quebec
Ideology Social democracy,
Quebec nationalism,
Participatory democracy
Political position Centre[1][2]
Colours Green, White, Blue
Seats in the House of Commons
2 / 308

Seats in the Senate
0 / 105

Website (en) (fr)
Politics of Canada
Political parties

Strength in Democracy[3] (French: Forces et Démocratie, French pronunciation: ​[fɔʁs e demɔkʁasi]) is a Canadian federal political party founded in 2014, by two Quebec Members of Parliament (MPs). It is led by Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—MatapédiaMP Jean-François Fortin.


The party was formed on October 21, 2014 by Fortin, a member of the Bloc Québécois, and Repentigny MP Jean-François Larose, a member of the New Democratic Party. On that day, the two MPs claimed that the four major federal parties in Quebec (the Conservatives, New Democratic Party (NDP), Liberals, and Bloc Québécois) were focused on power and politics over representing their constituents.[4][5]

Fortin (who had run for the leadership of the Bloc Québécois in 2011) had left the Bloc Québécois in August 2014 to sit as anindependent MP, citing disapproval of new BQ leader Mario Beaulieu.[6]

The party announced that it would run candidates outside of Quebec in the 2015 federal election under the name “Strength in Democracy”, with its first candidate announced in Peterborough—Kawartha.[3] Independent MP Manon Perreault, who had been expelled from the New Democratic Party after being convicted for mischief, was announced on August 12, 2015, as the Strength in Democracy candidate in Montcalm where she will be seeking re-election.[7]