Parti bleu

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Blue Party
Founded 1854 (1854)
Dissolved 1867 (1867)
Merged into Conservative Party of Quebec, Conservative Party of Canada
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Ideology Conservatism
Political position Right-wing
Colours Blue

The Blue Party (French: Parti bleu) was a conservative political group in the Province of Canada, that emerged in 1854. It was formed by conservative members of the former Reform movement based in Canada East. It was based on the moderate reformist views of Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, and was defined by its support of the Catholic Church. The Blue Party contested elections in Canada East with the secular and radical Red Party.[1]

The Parti bleu formed an alliance with Tories in Upper Canada in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada, creating the foundations for the historical Conservative Party of Canada. Notable bleu leaders included George-Étienne Cartier.[2] The party initially derived much of its support from ultramontanists in the Roman Catholic Church. By the 1870s, however, figures such as Ignace Bourget had lost confidence in the "bleus", and were promoting a new conservative faction known as the "castors". Both of these groups sought to dominate the Quebec Conservative Party during the late 19th century.


  1. ^ Abulof, Urie (Jul 24, 2015). The Mortality and Morality of Nations: Jews, Afrikaners, and French-Canadians. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 90-91. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Riendeau, Roger (2007). A Brief History of Canada. Infobase Publishing. p. 167-168. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 

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