Atlantica Party

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Atlantica Party
Registered provincial party
Leader Jonathan Dean
Founded 2005
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ideology Populism
Fiscal Conservatism
Official website

The Atlantica Party (AP) is a Canadian political organization based in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Atlantica Party association was registered with the government of Nova Scotia as a political association in April 2009.[1]

During the 2009 Nova Scotia election the party began to recruit candidates and revealed a platform. It was registered as a political party by Elections Nova Scotia on March 10, 2010.[2][3]

The party was deregistered by Elections Nova Scotia at the request of party leader Jonathan Dean on June 5, 2012 after the party was suspended for failing to file its 2011 annual reports.[4] While the deregistration request by Dean is not disputed, the circumstances regarding the suspension are.

In the 2013 provincial election, the Atlantica Party ran three candidates in the ridings of Halifax Citadel-Sable Island, Hammonds Plains-Lucasville and Dartmouth South as independents because the party was not registered.[5]

On June 28, 2016, Elections Nova Scotia announced that the Atlantica Party had again been registered as a party.[6][7]


Aspects of the Atlantica Party platform include:[8][9]

  • Reduce provincial income tax, creating the lowest income tax environment in Canada.
  • A set of policies to give Nova Scotia a rebirth of democracy.
  • A political system with full separation of political powers making it policy forward, answerable to, focused on and involving citizens.
  • A reformed voting system where every vote counts and every vote is equal. What form this will take, e.g. Single Transferable Vote, Instant-runoff voting or Proportional representation is still to be decided by the voters of Nova Scotia.
  • Fully transparent governance.
  • Promoting a written constitution for Nova Scotia.
  • Make an active effort to unite Atlantic Canada in some form with a common bargaining position or into a free economic zone.
  • Policies that will give Nova Scotia long-term growth rates higher than other regions in North America.
  • Set a hard target to get Nova Scotia off equalization payments making Nova Scotia a 'have' province.
  • Steady, gradual reduction in government spending and taxation while maintaining a firm commitment to balanced budgets and debt reduction.
  • Protecting and extending individual liberties and freedoms.
  • Promote the legalization of victimless crimes.
  • Bring back balanced book legislation.
  • Direct election of the Premier.
  • Fixed election dates.
  • Introducing the procedure of Recall.

Party leaders[edit]

Jonathan Geoffrey Dean (November 17, 2006 – present). He ran in the provincial election of 2009 in the riding of Halifax Clayton Park, placing fifth with 51 votes.[10] In 2010, Dean ran in a byelection in the riding of Yarmouth,[11] finishing last with 19 votes.[12][13] In 2011, Dean ran in a byelection in the Cape Breton North riding, finishing last with 72 votes.[14][15] In 2013, Dean ran in the Nova Scotia general election in the riding of Hammonds Plains-Lucasville, and received 104 votes.[16]


  1. ^ Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  2. ^ "Atlantica Party offers new voice to N.S. voters". CBC News. March 11, 2010. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Atlantica Party gears up for next provincial vote". The Chronicle Herald. March 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Atlantica Party no longer in political arena". The Chronicle Herald. June 5, 2012. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  5. ^ "Atlantica Party fields 3 candidates". CBC News. September 26, 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Chief Electoral Officer approves registration of Atlantic Party Association" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. June 28, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Atlantica Party rises again for next election". The Chronicle Herald. July 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  8. ^ "The Bruce Report". May 19, 2009. 
  9. ^ "'Pragmatic libertarian' seeks unified East Coast". Metro. Halifax. May 27, 2009. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  10. ^ "CBC Nova Scotia Votes 2009 Halifax-Clayton Park". CBC News. June 9, 2009. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Leader of Atlantica Party to run in Yarmouth byelection". The Vanguard. June 1, 2010. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  12. ^ "Electoral district of Yarmouth by-election results" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. June 22, 2010. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  13. ^ "Zach Churchill wins byelection". The Vanguard. June 22, 2010. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  14. ^ "Electoral district of Cape Breton North by-election results" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. June 21, 2011. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  15. ^ "Tory Eddie Orrell wins CB North byelection". CBC News. June 21, 2011. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  16. ^ "Nova Scotia Votes 2003 Hammonds Plain-Lucasville". CBC News. October 8, 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 

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