Communist Party of Canada candidates, 1979 Canadian federal election

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The Communist Party of Canada fielded several candidates in the 1979 federal election, none of whom were elected. Information about these candidates may be found on this page.

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John Bizzell (Broadview—Greenwood)[edit]

Bizzell was raised in South Africa, and was a vocal opponent of that country's apartheid government during the 1960s. He was imprisoned in 1964, and was tortured by Capt. T.J. Swanepoel while in jail.[1] He later moved to Canada, where earned a Master's Degree from the University of Toronto and worked as an architect.[2] In 1986, he called for Canada to impose mandatory sanctions against South Africa and to support the then-outlawed African National Congress.[3]

Bizzell was the election coordinator for the Communist Party in Toronto during the late 1970s and early 1980s.[4] He was the party's national campaign manager in the 1984 federal election, and its central organizer in 1988.[5] His wife, Maggie Bizzell, was also a Communist Party candidate. Bizzell was endorsed by the Movement for Municipal Reform in 1976, when running for a municipal seat in Toronto.[6]

He returned to South Africa after the end of apartheid, and in 2002 issued a book entitled Blueprints in Black and White - The Built Environment Professions in South Africa - An Outline History. In 2005, African National Congress members on the Durban Municipal Council proposed renaming Kloof Memorial Park in his honour.[7]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1972 federal Broadview—Greenwood N/A (Communist) 167 5/6 Jim Fleming, Liberal
1974 municipal Toronto Council, Ward Seven n/a 389 6/11 John Sewell and Janet Howard
1976 municipal Toronto Council, Ward Eight n/a 771 5/6 Fred Beavis and Tom Clifford
1979 federal Broadview—Greenwood Communist 145 0.44 5/7 Bob Rae, New Democratic Party

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References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bizzell, "'Beast' a modern day war criminal" [letter], Toronto Star, 4 July 1986, A18.
  2. ^ "The People Say", Toronto Star, 20 April 1968, p. 11; "Broadview-Greenwood", Toronto Star, 19 May 1979, A12.
  3. ^ John Bizzell, "South African sanctions" [letter], Globe and Mail, 12 July 1986, A7.
  4. ^ Julia Turner, "Board shields young Catholics from 'exposure' to Communists", Globe and Mail, 26 January 1980, P11.
  5. ^ "Communists open campaign", Globe and Mail, 13 July 1984, P5; "Communist Party of Canada holds convention" [News Release], Canada NewsWire, 18 May 1988, 09:30 report.
  6. ^ "Reformers endorse 29 for election", Toronto Star, 22 November 1976, C1.
  7. ^ Philani Makhanya, "DA lashes out at ANC over renaming", The Mercury, 24 March 2005, p. 2.
  8. ^ The 1974 results are taken from the Toronto Star newspaper, 3 December 1974, E11 (148 out of 150 polls reporting). The 1976 results are taken from the Toronto Star, 7 December 1976, A11.