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Encyclopedia > New Democratic Party of Alberta
Alberta New Democratic Party
Image:AlbNDP.jpg
Active Provincial Party
Founded 1962
Leader Brian Mason
President Steve Bradshaw
Headquarters 10806 - 119 St
Edmonton, Alberta
T5H 3P2
Political ideology Social Democracy /
Democratic Socialism
International alignment Socialist International
Colours Orange & Green
Website http://www.albertandp.ca

The Alberta New Democratic Party or Alberta NDP is a social democratic political party in Alberta, Canada, that was founded as the Alberta section of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). From the mid-1980s to 2004, the party abbreviated its name as "New Democrats" or "ND". Image File history File links AlbNDP.jpg File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Brian Mason is a Canadian politician and current leader of the Alberta New Democrats. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... Social democracy is a political ideology emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from supporters of Marxism who believed that the transition to a socialist society could be achieved through democratic evolutionary rather than revolutionary means. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The official symbol of Socialist International The Socialist International is a worldwide organization of social democratic, labor, and democratic socialist political parties. ... The colour orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 585–620 nanometres. ... Green is a color with many different shades, all within a wavelength of roughly 520–570 nm. ... Social democracy is a political ideology emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from supporters of Marxism who believed that the transition to a socialist society could be achieved through democratic evolutionary rather than revolutionary means. ... A political party is an organization that seeks to attain political power within a government, usually by participating in electoral campaigns. ... Motto: Fortis et liber (Latin: Strong and free) Official languages English (see below) Flower   Wild rose Tree Lodgepole Pine Bird Great Horned Owl Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong Premier Ed Stelmach (PC) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 28 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of total... The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) was a Canadian political party founded in 1932 in Calgary, Alberta, by a number of socialist, farm, co-operative and labour groups, and the League for Social Reconstruction. ...

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Origins and early years

The CCF was founded on August 1, 1932, and included the merger of the Labour Party of Alberta led by Elmer Roper into the new party. The party did not run in Alberta elections until the 1940 election, except for a joint nomination in a Calgary by-election. The party had links with the United Farmers of Alberta. Once the UFA was wiped out in the 1935 provincial election and withdrew from politics, the way was clear for the CCF to run its own candidates provincially. However, the CCF was unable to win the support of the UFA's conservative supporters, or put a dent in the support of Alberta's Social Credit movement. August 1 is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... Elmer Ernest Roper was a politician, from Edmonton, Alberta. ... The Alberta general election of 1940 was the ninth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada, was held on March 21, 1940 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. ... The United Farmers of Alberta was founded in 1909 as a lobby organization representing the interests of farmers. ... The Alberta general election of 1935 was the eighth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. ... The Social Credit Party of Alberta is a provincial political party in Alberta, Canada, that was founded on the social credit monetary policy and conservative Christian social values. ...


Though the party received 11% of the vote in 1940, the CCF was unable to win any seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. In 1942, Elmer Roper won an upset victory in a by-election and won the CCF's first seat in the legislature. Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... The Legislative Assembly of Alberta meets in the provincial capital, Edmonton. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Elmer Ernest Roper was a politician, from Edmonton, Alberta. ... A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ...


In the 1944 election, the CCF received 24% of the vote, but was able to win only 2 seats, due to the dominance of Social Credit. Social Credit received over 50% of ballots cast. The Alberta general election of 1944 was the tenth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. ...


Through the 1940s and 1950s, the CCF's percentage of the vote declined, eventually falling under 10% of the vote, and they were never able to win more than the two seats they managed in 1944. The party was kept to two MLAs through the 1950s. Roper lost his seat in 1955 and the party's two MLAs were both defeated in 1959 leaving it shut out of the legislature. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... The 1950s was the decade spanning from the 1st of January, 1950 to the 31st December, 1959. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The 1960s and 1970s

The CCF merged with the labour movement in 1961, becoming the New Democratic Party of Canada. In Alberta, the NDP was founded in 1962 under the leadership of Neil Reimer who had been national director of the Energy and Chemical Workers Union. The NDP was unable to build on the CCF's provincial base, and, with the exception of a 1966 by-election victory, did not win any seats until the 1971 election when Grant Notley, who had taken over the party in 1968, was elected to the legislature. The labor movement (or labour movement) is a broad term for the development of a collective organization of working people, to campaign in their own interest for better treatment from their employers and political governments. ... The New Democratic Party (NDP; Nouveau Parti démocratique in French) is a political party in Canada with a social democratic philosophy that contests elections at both the federal and provincial levels. ... The Alberta general election of 1971 was the seventeenth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. ... Grant Notley (January 19, 1939 - October 19, 1984) was a politician in Alberta. ...


With the election of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives in 1971, Social Credit gradually collapsed. The Alberta Liberal Party suffered due to its links with the federal Liberal Party of Canada government of Pierre Trudeau, which was very unpopular in Alberta. The Alberta Progressive Conservative Association is a provincial right-of-centre party in the Canadian province of Alberta. ... The Alberta Liberal Party is a political party in Alberta, Canada. ... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: ), colloquially known as the Grits (originally Clear Grits), is a Canadian federal political party positioned at the centre of the political spectrum, combining a progressive social policy with moderate economics. ... Trudeau redirects here. ...


The decline of Social Credit and unpopularity of the Liberals gave the New Democrats an opportunity to become the focus of opposition to the Lougheed Tories. Popularity of the NDP gradually increased under leader Grant Notley, who led the party from 1968 until his tragic death in a plane crash in 1984, and was the party's sole MLA until 1982. Peter Lougheed, painting by C. Leeper The Honourable Peter Lougheed, PC , CC , QC (born July 26, 1928, in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian lawyer, politician and Canadian Football League player. ... The term Tory derives from the Tory Party, the ancestor of the modern UK Conservative Party. ... Grant Notley (January 19, 1939 - October 19, 1984) was a politician in Alberta. ...


In 1971, the NDP surpassed the 10% barrier, climbing to 18.75% in the 1982 election. The party became the Official Opposition in 1982, though with only two seats. The Alberta general election of 1982 was the twentieth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. ... The Leader of the Opposition is a title traditionally held by the leader of the largest party not in government in a Westminster System of parliamentary government. ...


The 1980s

Notley was leading the NDP to what many thought would be a major breakthrough when he was killed in an airplane crash in 1984.


In the 1986 election, under Ray Martin, the party, now known as the "NDs" to distinguish itself from the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) (this change did not reflect an ideological separation, as both the federal and provincial parties remained committed to democratic socialism). The party won almost 30% of the vote and 16 seats. This was to be the apex of New Democrat support. The Alberta general election of 1986 was the twenty-first general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. ... Ray Martin is a Canadian politician. ... The New Democratic Party (NDP; Nouveau Parti démocratique in French) is a political party in Canada with a social democratic philosophy that contests elections at both the federal and provincial levels. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Declining support

With the departure of Pierre Trudeau from the federal scene, the Alberta Liberals began a revival. The New Democrats were unable to gain any additional seats in the 1989 election. However, though they were still the Official Opposition in the legislature by virtue of having more seats than the Liberals, the NDs' popular support fell behind the Liberals (26% to the Liberal's 28%) for the first time in decades. The Liberals became the focus of renewed interest for those opposing the governing Tories. Trudeau redirects here. ... The Alberta general election of 1989 was the twenty-second general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. ... The term Tory derives from the Tory Party, the ancestor of the modern UK Conservative Party. ...


The Liberal Party became the new hope for leading an anti-Tory coalition in the early 1990s, at a time when support for the New Democratic Party was declining across Canada. In the 1993 election, their popular vote fell by more than half to 11%, and they lost all their seats in the legislature. The Alberta general election of 1993 was the twenty-third general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. ... A legislature is a type of representative deliberative assembly with the power to adopt laws. ...


The party was able to regain their foothold in the legislature winning two seats in the 1997 and 2001 elections, but have been unable to break the 10% popular vote barrier, or regain their position as Official Opposition. The Alberta general election of 1997 was the twenty-fourth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. ... The 25th general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada, was held on March 12, 2001 to elect members of the Alberta legislature. ...


Recent developments

In 2004, the party reverted to the traditional "NDP" abbreviation. The current leader of the Alberta NDP is Brian Mason, a former city councillor. He was elected leader in September 2004, while serving as interim leader after the resignation as leader of former professor Raj Pannu. All of the party's leaders since Notley have represented Edmonton ridings. Brian Mason is a Canadian politician and current leader of the Alberta New Democrats. ... Raj Pannu, Ph. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... This page refers to a Riding as a unit in local government. ...


In the 2004 Alberta general election the party doubled its seats from two to four, all within the city limits of Edmonton - the re-elected Mason and Pannu, returning former leader Ray Martin, and newcomer David Eggen. The party received 9.7% of the vote province-wide. Alberta riding map showing the winning parties and their vote percentage in each won riding. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... David Eggen, MLA, is a Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the riding of Edmonton-Calder. ...


Party leaders

Elmer Ernest Roper was a politician, from Edmonton, Alberta. ... Grant Notley (January 19, 1939 - October 19, 1984) was a politician in Alberta. ... Ray Martin is a Canadian politician. ... Pam Barrett was a Canadian politician who dropped out of politics in February, 2000, after having a life-changing near-death experience. ... Raj Pannu, Ph. ... Brian Mason is a Canadian politician and current leader of the Alberta New Democrats. ...

See also

This articles lists Wikipedia articles about members of the Alberta, Canada, branch of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), a social democratic political party, and its successor, the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP). ... Alberta is a province of Canada. ... A political party is a political organization subscribing to a certain ideology or formed around very special issues with the aim to participate in power, usually by participating in elections. ...

External links

  • Alberta NDP
  • the Socialist Party - CCF/NDP in Alberta



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Speaker of the Assembly: Ken Kowalski
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