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Encyclopedia > Union des Forces Progressistes
Union des forces progressistes
Union des forces progressistes logo
Active Provincial Party
Founded June, 2002
Leader Leading council
President François Cyr
Headquarters 2177 Masson Street
Suite 412
Montreal, Quebec
H2H 1B4
Political ideology Democratic socialist, Alter-globalizationist, Internationalist & Sovereignist
International alignment None
Colours Green, Orange & Red
Website http:/www.ufp.qc.ca

The Union des forces progressistes (UFP) is a left wing political party in Quebec, Canada. Four leftist parties merged to form the UFP in 2002 out of desire to unite Quebec's left: The Union des Forces Progressistes symbol. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City motto: Concordia Salus (Latin: Well-being through harmony) Province Quebec Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area  - % water 500. ... The first European explorer of what is now Quebec was Jacques Cartier, who planted a cross either in the Gaspé in 1534 or at Old Fort Bay on the Lower North Shore and sailed into the St. ... Democratic socialism is a broad political movement propagating the ideals of socialism within the context of a democratic system. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Anti-globalization. ... Internationalism is a political movement which advocates a greater economic and political cooperation between nations for the benefit of all. ... The Quebec sovereignty movement is a political movement for the attainment of sovereignty for Quebec, a province of the Canadian federation. ... Look up green in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The colour orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 620–585 nanometres. ... Red is a color poo the lowest frequencies of light discernible by the human eye. ... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms that refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially but not exclusively in the American sense of the word... The first European explorer of what is now Quebec was Jacques Cartier, who planted a cross either in the Gaspé in 1534 or at Old Fort Bay on the Lower North Shore and sailed into the St. ...

The aim of the UFP is to bring together progressive forces across the broad left wing of the political spectrum, including social democrats, socialists and communists. The UFP also advocates altermondialism, feminism, pacifism and environmentalism. Its platform does not specifically endorse social democracy, socialism or communism. The Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste or RAP originated as the Rassemblement pour lalternative politique, a social movement founded in 1996 as an attempt to unite the progressive and leftist forces in Quebec, Canada. ... The Parti de la Democratie Socialiste (PDS) (in English: Party of Socialist Democracy) was a political party in Quebec, Canada. ... The New Democratic Party (French: Nouveau Parti démocratique) is a left wing political party in Canada that advocates varying forms of social democracy and democratic socialism. ... The Parti communiste du Québec or PCQ (in English: Communist Party of Quebec) is a communist political party in Quebec. ... The International Socialists is a Canadian Trotskyist group. ... 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. ... The color red and particularly the red flag are traditional symbols of Socialism. ... Communism refers to a theoretical system of social organization and a political movement based on common ownership of the means of production. ... Altermondialization, from French altermondialisme, is a term coined to define the stance of movements opposed to a neoliberal globalization, but favorable to a globalization respectful of the human rights, the environment, national sovereignty, and cultural diversity. ... Feminism is a diverse collection of social theories, political movements, and moral philosophies, largely motivated by or concerning the experiences of women, especially in terms of their social, political, and economic situation. ... Pacifist may mean: an advocate of pacifism. ... Environmentalism is the support or involvement with the environmental movement by environmentalists. ...


Quebec's Green Party, the Parti vert du Québec, has pledged to try to avoid running candidates in ridings where there is a UFP candidate, although it reserves the right to run anywhere it wants to (even ridings with a UFP candidate), and has not merged with the UFP. This article is about the green parties around the world. ... The Parti vert du Québec or PVQ (in English: Green Party of Quebec) is a Quebec political party whose platform is the promotion of green values . ...


The UFP presents itself as an alternative to the main three parties in Quebec: the social democratic Parti Québécois, the centrist Parti libéral du Québec, and the conservative Action démocratique du Québec/Equipe Mario Dumont, saying that all three are but different faces of the same right-wing ideology called neoliberalism. The Parti Québécois or PQ is a political party that advocates national sovereignty for Quebec from Canada. ... The Parti libéral du Québec (Liberal Party of Quebec), or PLQ, is a liberal political party in the Canadian province of Quebec. ... The Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) is a fiscally right-wing political party in Quebec, Canada. ... Mario Dumont official portrait. ... In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Liberal theory of economics. ...


The UFP opposes globalization, privatization, and deregulation, and calls for increased funding of social services, higher taxes on the rich and business, proportional representation in Quebec's National Assembly, and an alternative economy based upon co-operatives and non-profit organizations. Globalization describes the changes in societies and the world economy that result from dramatically increased international trade and cultural exchange. ... Privatization (sometimes privatisation, denationalization, or, especially in India, disinvestment) is the process of transferring property, from public ownership to private ownership and/or transferring the management of a service or activity from the government to the private sector. ... Deregulation is the process by which governments remove restrictions on business in order to (in theory) encourage the efficient operation of markets. ... Proportional representation (PR) is any election system which ensures a proportionally representative result of a democratic election, x% of votes should be represented by x% in the democratic institutions, parliament or congress. ... The National Assembly is the name of either a legislature, or the lower house of a bicameral legislature in some countries. ... A cooperative (also co-operative or co-op) comprises a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members, with no passive shareholders. ... A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ...


The UFP supports Quebec sovereignty. It considers this option not as an end in itself, but rather as a means to achieve the party's social ideal for the people of Quebec. To solve the national question, the UFP suggests the creation of a Constituent Assembly, mandated to draw up and propose to the population, via referendum, a Constitution for a progressive, republican, secular and democratic Québec. A constituent assembly is a body elected with the purpose of drafting, and in some cases, adopting a constitution. ...


The UFP is led by a council instead of a single leader. The UFP promises to be a party of the ballot box and of the streets, meaning that it will work to increase awareness of social problems and for progressive social change even between elections, particularly with regards to the rights of workers and of the unemployed.


Considering its modest results in the 2003 elections (1.06% of the votes or 1.50% if Parti Vert du Québec's votes are included), the UFP is still a marginal party.


On November 5 2005, delegates of the UFP voted unanimously in favor of a merger with the party of the Option citoyenne movement led by Françoise David. The founding congress of the new party will be held in January or February 2006. Françoise David is the spokesperson of Option citoyenne - a socially progressive political movement that wants to create a new joint leftist Quebec provincial political party to be formed at the end of 2005. ...

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UFP position on the National Question

From the Preamble of the UFP political platform, Building a world that reflects our ideals! [1]:

UFP members share the view that the answer to the national question, and by extension social emancipation, is sovereignty for the Quebec people. The UFP believes that Quebec should become a country, free from the federalist yoke, and should acquire the essential tools it needs to develop as a nation.

See also: National Question (Quebec) In Quebec, the National Question (in French la Question nationale) is an expression referring to the reflexion over the status and autonomy of the Quebec State. ...


UFP Representatives

  • Pierre Dostie and Molly Alexander (2002-2004)
  • Amir Khadir and Denise Veilleux (current)

Election results

General election # of candidates # of elected candidates % of popular vote
2003 73 0 1.06%

Map of Quebecs ridings and how they voted by percentage The Quebec general election of 2003 was held on April 14, 2003, to elect members of the National Assembly of Quebec (Canada). ...

See also

The Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste or RAP originated as the Rassemblement pour lalternative politique, a social movement founded in 1996 as an attempt to unite the progressive and leftist forces in Quebec, Canada. ... The Parti de la Democratie Socialiste (PDS) (in English: Party of Socialist Democracy) was a political party in Quebec, Canada. ... The Parti communiste du Québec or PCQ (in English: Communist Party of Quebec) is a communist political party in Quebec. ... This is an article about the politics of Quebec, Canada. ... This is a list of the leaders of the Opposition of Quebec, Canada since Confederation (1867). ... The Quebec Parliament Building at night The National Assembly of Québec (French: Assemblée nationale du Québec) is the legislative body of the Province of Quebec, Canada. ... This article lists political parties in Canada. ...

External links

  • Union de Forces Progressistes Website
  • English texts of the UFP
  • National Assembly historical information
  • La Politique québécoise sur le Web

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