CANADA!

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This article is about the Quebec provincial party. For other uses, see Canada Party.
CANADA!
Leader Tony Kondaks
Founded 1994 (1994)
Dissolved 1998 (1998)
Ideology Partition of Quebec
Official colours Red
Politics of Quebec
Political parties
Elections

The CANADA! Party was an official political party in the province of Quebec from 1994 to 1998. It was founded on Canada Day 1994 by federalist Tony Kondaks, former top-aide to Equality Party leader Robert Libman[1]

It was initially called the Canada Party of Quebec/Parti Canada du Québec but due to confusion with the federal Canada Party, it changed its name to CANADA! (with all capital letters and an exclamation point a few weeks later).

With Jacques Parizeau's Parti Québécois rising and the imminence of a referendum on Quebec's independence, the main platform of the CANADA! Party was to guarantee that any riding that elected one of its candidates would stay in Canada even if Quebec voted in favour of sovereignty in the 1995 referendum.

Kondaks had trouble with Quebec's Chief Electoral Officer because he used a 1-900 phone line to finance his party's activities with money from other provinces. Justice Roland Tremblay forbade Kondaks to use this tactic in July 1994, saying it violated Quebec's electoral law.[2]

The CANADA! Party ran 10 candidates and gathered 2,567 votes (0.07% of all votes cast) in the Quebec general election, 1994 and lost its official status for not running any candidate in the Quebec general election, 1998. Kondaks has since moved to the United States and now lives in Mesa, Arizona, but still keeps in touch with Canadian politics by sending regular letters to the editor to Montreal's anglophone daily newspaper The Gazette.

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  1. ^ Le Devoir (June 28 1994) Le Parti Canada du Québec, vous dites?
  2. ^ Le Devoir (July 29 1994) Pierre-F. Côté aux trousses du Parti Canada!

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