Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) candidates, 2007 Ontario provincial election

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The Communist Party of Canada - Ontario ran candidates in the 2007 Ontario provincial election, none of whom were elected. Some of these candidates have their own biography pages; information about others may be found here.

Johan Boyden (Toronto Centre)[edit]

A 26-year-old resident of St. Jamestown, Boyden had union experience as an assistant shop steward and supported the Communist Party's efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15.

Sam Hammond (St. Catharines)[edit]

Sam Hammond is a retired industrial worker, activist and journalist living in Hamilton, Ontario. His campaign biography indicates that he has over forty years' experience in the labour and social justice movements. He has sought office as a candidate of the Communist Party of Canada and the provincial Communist Party of Canada - Ontario.[1]

Hammond was chair of the Hamilton Tax Reform Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and represented the concerns of mostly low-income residents who faced dramatic assessment increases.[2] He was named chair of the Communist Party's Central Labour Commission in 2004.[3] Hammond has written on various subjects for the party journal People's Voice, and has also served as its business manager.[4] He cited Vladimir Lenin as his favourite historical communist in a 2006 interview, and named Poundmaker, Tommy Douglas and Norman Bethune as his favourite Canadians.[5]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
2006 federal Sudbury Communist 70 0.15 7/8 Diane Marleau, Liberal
2007 provincial St. Catharines Communist 139 0.31 6/6 Jim Bradley, Liberal

Stuart Ryan (Ottawa Centre)[edit]

President of his Canadian Auto Workers local, also works for a Canadian Union of Public Employees local at Carleton University (from which he has a degree in journalism). His father was a law professor at Queen's University. Active in the Committee for Peace in Iraq, and the Network Opposing War and Racism (NOWAR-PAIX). A delegate to the Ottawa District Labour Council.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) Candidate Runs in St. Catherine’s on Saving Jobs, Communist Party of Canada, 2007, accessed 18 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Hamiltonians deride phased-in tax plan", Globe and Mail, 30 March 1979, P3; Kevin Marron, "Hamilton is swamped by taxpayers' appeals", Globe and Mail, 22 January 1980, P4
  3. ^ Sam Hammond, "Solidarity grows around Steelworkers Fightback", Communist Party of Canada, accessed 18 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Communists hold united and militant convention", Communist Party of Canada, 2007, accessed 18 October 2008. For a sampling of Hammond's writings, see Support for Six Nations of the Grand River, People's Voice, 16–31 October 2006; The good papers of labour, People's Voice, 1–15 November 2006; There were three; now there are two "There were three, now there are two, People's Voice, 1–31 December 2006.
  5. ^ "Lenin best Communist, Sudbury candidate says", Sudbury Star, 4 January 2006, A3.