New Democratic Party of Quebec

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New Democratic Party of Quebec
Nouveau Parti démocratique du Quebec
Leader Pierre Ducasse
President Denis Blanchette[1]
Founded 2014 (2014)
Preceded by NDPQ/Parti de la Democratie Socialiste
Ideology Social democratic
Quebec nationalist
Democratic socialism
Trade unionist
Political position Left-wing
National affiliation New Democratic Party
International affiliation Socialist International and Progressive Alliance
Colours Orange
Seats in Legislature
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The New Democratic Party of Quebec (in French: Nouveau Parti démocratique du Québec) (NPD-Québec or NPDQ) is a federalist and social-democratic political party in Quebec, Canada. The current party is a revival of an older party that no longer exists.

The original party emerged from the Quebec Chapter of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, and aside from temporarily holding a single seat in the National Assembly (David Côté) it only played a minor role in Quebec provincial politics. During the late 1980s it came under the leadership of radical sovereigntists, prompting a rupture from the federal NDP. It voted to disaffiliate from the federal party in 1989 and changed its name to the Parti de la democratie socialiste or "Party of Democratic Socialism" in 1994.

The PDS would later become a founding member of Quebec Solidaire, a left of centre provincial sovereigntist party. For the following two decades the NDP remained moribund in Quebec; however, gains by the federal party, at first modest with the 2007 election of Tom Mulcair in Outremont and then dramatic with the "Orange Surge" of the 2011 Canadian federal election led to renewed calls for a provincial NDP in Quebec as an alternative to the right-leaning, federalist Quebec Liberal Party and the typically left-leaning but sovereigntist Parti Quebecois. The federal NDP restarted the Quebec party before the 2014 general election; the modern party was registered on January 30, 2014, as 'Nouveau Parti démocratique du Québec.' [2]

The party is to elect a permanent leader on January 21, 2018 to lead it into the 2018 provincial election. Interim leader Pierre Ducasse has announced he will not be a candidate in the leadership election.The campaign period begin September 1, 2017 and the nomination deadline for leadership candidates is October 20, 2017.[3]


For the history of the original NDPQ see Parti de la Democratie Socialiste

During the 2006 Convention of the federal NDP, held in Quebec City, the idea of recreating the NPDQ was brought up. However, the idea failed to win support at the New Democratic Party-Quebec Section's convention in November 2006 in Saint-Jérôme.

Following the 2011 federal election, during which the NDP achieved a historic breakthrough in Quebec, federal NDP leader and former Quebec cabinet minister Thomas Mulcair announced the party intended to run candidates in time for the next general election, then scheduled for 2016.[4]

Federal NDP riding associations in Quebec asked their executive members to step down from their positions if they intended to run as candidates in the September 4, 2012 Quebec provincial election.

On January 30, 2014 the Directeur général des élections du Québec registered the New Democratic Party of Quebec as a provincial political party.[5] Former federal NDP leadership candidate and federal and Gatineau municipal election candidate Pierre Ducasse was listed as the party leader.[6]

In 2017, the current iteration of the NDPQ stood a candidate for office for the first time by running former MP Denis Blanchette as its candidate in a by-election held on October 2nd in Louis-Hébert. This was the first time an NDPQ candidate stood for election in a provincial riding since the 1994 provincial election and the first time the NDPQ stood against a candidate from the left wing Quebec Solidaire party. Blanchette placed seventh with 1.35% of the vote. [7]

Leaders of the NPD-Québec/Parti de la Democratie Socialiste[edit]

Original NPDQ

PDS (not affiliated with NDP)

Refounded NPDQ

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mylène Crête (2017-05-24). "Le NPD-Québec ne baisse pas les bras". Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Nouveau Parti démocratique du Québec". DGE. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Presse Canadienne (2017-07-07). "NDP-Quebec to elect new leader in January". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  4. ^ NDP coming to Quebec for next election The Globe and Mail, August 17, 2012
  5. ^ Deschamps, Richard, There's now a Quebec version of the NDP, CJAD 800 AM, February 4, 2014
  6. ^ RAPEQ - Nouveau Parti démocratique du Québec, Directeur général des élections du Québec (last visited 6 February 2014).
  7. ^ "The NDP takes on Québec Solidaire in by-election". 2017-09-11. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 

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