New Party (Canada)

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New Party was the interim name used by the new political party being established in Canada from 1958 to 1961 by the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), which eventually defined itself as a social democratic party.[1] In 1958 a joint CCF-CLC committee, the National Committee for the New Party (NCNP), was formed and spent the next three years laying down the foundations of the "New Party".[2] During the process of founding the party, the New Party name was used in the October 1960 Peterborough, Canadian federal by-election; which was won by its candidate, Walter Pitman.[3] In August 1961, at the end of a five-day-long convention, the New Democratic Party (NDP) was born and Tommy Douglas was elected its first leader.[4] Once the NDP was formed, the New Party clubs, and affiliates automatically ceased, and became part of the newly-formed party.

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  1. ^ Young 1969, pp. 132–134.
  2. ^ Morton 1986, pp. 20–24.
  3. ^ MacDonald 1998, pp. 109–111.
  4. ^ Stewart 2000, pp. 213–214.


MacDonald, Donald C. (1998). The Happy Warrior: Political Memoirs (2nd ed.). Toronto: Dundurn Press. ISBN 978-1-55002-307-7.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Morton, Desmond (1986). The New Democrats, 1961-1986: The Politics of Change (3rd ed.). Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman. ISBN 978-0-7730-4618-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Stewart, Walter (2000). M.J.: The Life and Times of M.J. Coldwell. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7737-3232-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Young, Walter D. (1969). The Anatomy of a Party: The National CCF 1932–61. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0-8020-5221-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

Further reading[edit]

Azoulay, Dan (1999). "A Desperate Holding Action: The Survival of the Ontario CCF/NDP, 1948–1964". In Azoulay, Dan (ed.). Canadian Political Parties: Historical Readings. New Canadian Readings. Toronto: Irwin Publishing. pp. 342–363. ISBN 0-7725-2703-2.
Boyko, John (2006). Into the Hurricane: Attacking Socialism and the CCF. Winnipeg, Canada: J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-897289-09-X.
Horowitz, Gad (1968). Canadian Labour in Politics. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-1902-1.
Lewis, David (1981). The Good Fight: Political Memoirs 1909–1958. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada. ISBN 0-7715-9598-0.
McLeod, Thomas; Ian McLeod (2004). The Road to Jerusalem (2 ed.). Calgary: Fifth House. ISBN 1-894856-48-1.
Shackleton, Doris French (1975). Tommy Douglas. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-8116-2.
Smith, Cameron (1989). Unfinished Journey: The Lewis Family. Toronto: Summerhill Press. ISBN 0-929091-04-3.
Stewart, Walter (2003). Tommy: the life and politics of Tommy Douglas. Toronto: McArthur & Company. ISBN 1-55278-382-0.