Western Block Party
|Former federal party|
|Founded||December 29, 2005|
|Dissolved||January 31, 2014|
|Colours||Mint green, baby blue, periwinkle, cream, white|
The party's founding convention was held on November 20, 2005, in Sidney, British Columbia. Christie was unanimously confirmed as leader. A constitution was adopted and a full slate of officers were elected.
Western independence movements typically attract support from westerners who believe that western Canada does not get a fair deal within the Canadian confederation. The Western Block Party claim attracts members of differing economic views who are opposed to what they view as a corrupt federal government.
The party had four candidates in the 2006 federal election, including its leader, Doug Christie, who ran in the riding of Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca in British Columbia; none were elected. In the 2008 election, the party unsuccessfully ran one candidate, Patricia O'Brien, in Saanich—Gulf Islands. In both these elections the party's total vote count was second fewest of all parties. The party ran four candidates in the 2011 federal election, improving its standing only to third fewest due to a new party taking the second fewest standing.
Christie was a lawyer in Canada who is well known for representing Ernst Zündel, among others. The Western Canada Concept (WCC) and WBP are not affiliated with the Separation Party of Alberta (SPA) or the Western Independence Party of Saskatchewan (WIPS). Officials in these parties have distanced themselves from Christie. The WIPS is currently attempting to establish a separate federal party, which would be called the Western Canada Party. Christie died March 11, 2013; Paul St. Laurent was subsequently appointed interim leader.
The party was deregistered by Elections Canada in January 2014 for failing to declare at least 250 members.
|Election||# of candidates||# of votes||% of popular vote||% in ridings contested|
In the 2006 election, the party ran four candidates, received 1,094 votes, which is 0.0074% of the total votes cast, or 0.46% of the votes in those four electoral districts. The four candidates, their total votes, and percentages were:
- Robert Peter Kratchmer (Vegreville—Wainwright) 433 (0.8%)
- Douglas Christie (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) 270 (0.5%)
- Patricia O'Brien (Saanich—Gulf Islands) 183 (0.3%)
- Bruce Burnett (Victoria) 208 (0.3%)
|2011 Election candidate||Electoral District||# of votes||% of popular vote||Place|
|Paul Fromm||Calgary Southeast||193||0.31||6/6|
|Paul St. Laurent||Edmonton—Sherwood Park||222||0.40||6/6|
|Clive Edwards||Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon||180||0.37||5/6|
|Allan Holt||West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country||156||0.25||7/9|
- "Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration". Elections Canada. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
- "Deregistration of Western Block Party". Elections Canada. January 28, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
- "Doug Christie, controversial B.C. lawyer, dies at 66". CBC News. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
- "A Message from Interim Leader, Paul St. Laurent"
- The Western Block party website
- Western Block Party - Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups - Web Archive created by the University of Toronto Libraries