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Socialist Party of Ontario

Socialist Party of Ontario
Chairperson Michael Laxer
Spokesperson Natalie Lochwin
Founded 2011 (2011)
Ideology Socialism
Political position Left

The Socialist Party of Ontario, or Socialist Party (SPO), was founded in 2011 by political activists, trade unionists, community leaders, feminists and socialists, many of whom were former members of the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP). They decided to launch a new leftist party to challenge the NDP's shift to the right of the political spectrum. It is modeled after Québec solidaire and the United Left Alliance in Ireland. While sharing the same name, there is no historical or political relationship with the old Socialist Party of Canada. The party fielded five candidates in the October 2011 Ontario general election.

Founding convention

On 28 May 2011, the Socialist Party of Ontario was formed at a founding convention in Toronto.[1] Its constitution and preliminary policy platform were voted on and passed. The SPO has a socialist preamble in its constitution that was inspired by the Regina Manifesto of the defunct Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.[2] The Party boasts a collective leadership, with no single member functioning as the traditional "party leader".[3] In place of a leader the party operates with two spokespeople, one male and one female,[2] and at its founding elected Jan Maxwell and Michael Laxer to these positions.[4] As of May 26, 2012, Michael Laxer is the chair of the party executive, fulfilling Elections Ontario's designations as "Leader" and "President".[3]

2011 Ontario general election

The SPO nominated five candidates in the 2011 provincial election,[5] and was registered with Elections Ontario on 13 September 2011.[3] Its first candidate, Dr. Ken Ranney, was nominated by the party to run in Peterborough on 31 August 2011.[6] Besides the Peterborough constituency, the party is running candidates in Etobicoke–Lakeshore, Leeds–Grenville, St. Paul's, and Trinity–Spadina.[5]


External links

  • Socialist Party of Ontario website
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