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Encyclopedia > Natural Law Party of Canada

The Natural Law Party of Canada was the Canadian branch of the international Natural Law Party, the political arm of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation movement. It never won a seat in Parliament, nor came close to doing so. The Natural Law Party is a trans-national political party with national branches in over 80 countries. ... Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (born January 12, 1917) is the founder of the Transcendental Meditation or TM Movement. ... The Transcendental Meditation technique, or TM, is a form of meditation. ...


Its most famous member was the magician Doug Henning, who ran as a candidate for the Natural Law Party in the 1993 federal election. Henning was featured so prominently in the party's ads that many Canadian voters mistakenly thought he was the party's leader; the party was in fact led by Dr. Neil Paterson. The ancient symbol of the pentagram is often used as a symbol for magic. ... Doug Henning in his standard costume style that changed the image of stage magicians. ... The 1993 Canadian federal election, which took place on October 25th, 1993, was one of the most eventful in Canadian history. ... Dr. Neil Paterson was the leader of the Natural Law Party of Canada, a now-defunct political party that was the political arm of Maharishi Mahesh Yogis Transcendental Meditation movement. ...


The NLP advocated federal funding for research in yogic flying, believing that this form of meditation was the key to achieving world peace and universal health. It also proposed the construction of Maharishi Veda Land near Niagara Falls. The project was never completed. Yogic flying is the purported ability to levitate which is a capability one gains through advanced practice of transcendental meditation. ... The Vedic civilization is the Indo-Aryan culture associated with the Vedas, the earliest known records of Indian history. ... The Horseshoe Falls, one of the three Niagara Falls. ...


The Natural Law Party in Canada was one of a number of Natural Law parties around the world.


The NLP was primarily active in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec (Parti de la loi naturelle du Québec) and British Columbia. Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th) Land 917,741 km² Water 158,654 km² (14. ... Beginning in 1963, a terrorist group that became known as the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) launched a decade of bombings, robberies and attacks on government offices and at least two murders by FLQ gunfire and three violent deaths by bombings. ... The Parti de la loi naturelle du Québec (in English: Natural Law Party of Quebec) was the Quebec branch of the international Natural Law Party, the political arm of Maharishi Mahesh Yogis Transcendental Meditation movement. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Splendour without diminishment) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Area 944,735 km² (5th) Land 925,186 km² Water 19,549 km² (2. ...


The party's official agent, Maxim Newby, said that the party closed down after concluding the public's interest is waning in the political process.


The party was de-registered by Elections Canada, the Canadian government's election agency, on January 23, 2003. Elections Canada is the non-partisan agency of the Government of Canada responsible for the conduct of federal elections and referendums. ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Natural Law also ran candidates in provincial elections without success. The provincial parties have also become defunct.


Election results

Election # of candidates nominated # of seats won # of total votes % of popular vote % of pop vote NLP ridings
1993
231
0
85,450
0.63%
0.77%
1997
136
0
37,085
0.29%
0.61%
2000
69
0
16,573
0.13%
0.53%

The 1993 Canadian federal election, which took place on October 25th, 1993, was one of the most eventful in Canadian history. ... 36th Parliament The Canadian federal election of 1997 was held on June 2, 1997, to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons. ... The 2000 Canadian federal election was held on November 27, 2000. ...

See also


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Natural Law Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (456 words)
The party bases its platform on the Transcendental Meditation view that natural law is the supreme organizing principle that governs the universe.
In the United States of America the Natural Law Party, led by Dr. John Hagelin, ran as a third party that was center-left.
In 2000, an organization called Trancenet published a exposé on the party in which it accused Hagelin of being a crackpot fraud and that far from being a secular, coalition building, center-left party, the Natural Law Party was secretly being run by Hindu fundamentalists that wanted to turn America into some type of theocratic dictatorship.
Canadian federal election, 1993 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3257 words)
The Reform Party of Canada had run in the 1988 election, but had failed to win any seats, and had had a limited impact.
The party was also reluctant to propose new social programs as in Quebec they had to appeal to nationalists who opposed federal government intervention, and in the West had to appeal to Reform supporters who opposed government intervention in general.
The election saw three minor focused on radical reform to the monetary system: The Canada Party, the Abolitionist Party, and the Party for the Commonwealth of Canada, which was also strongly republican.
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