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Canadian Action Party

Canadian Action Party
Parti action canadienne
Leader Jeremy Arney
President Jeff Sakula
Founder Paul T. Hellyer
Founded 1997
Split from Liberal Party
Headquarters 788 Mabel Lake Rd., Lumby, British Columbia
Ideology Canadian nationalism
Civic nationalism
Social liberalism
Monetary reform
Political position Left wing
International affiliation None
Colours      Red
House of Commons
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Politics of Canada
Political parties

The Canadian Action Party (CAP) (French: Parti action canadienne, PAC) is a Canadian federal political party founded in 1997. It promotes Canadian nationalism, monetary and electoral reform, and opposes liberal globalization and the free trade agreements that have been signed by the Canadian government.


  • Background 1
  • Positions 2
  • Party leaders 3
  • Presidents 4
  • Election results 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The Canadian Action Party (CAP) was founded by Paul T. Hellyer, a former Liberal minister of defence in the cabinet of Lester B. Pearson. Hellyer ran unsuccessfully for the leadership of the Liberal Party in 1968, and for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1976.

CAP nominated candidates for the first time in the 1997 federal election.

After the 1997 election, it absorbed the Canada Party, another minor party concerned about monetary reform which had been formed by former members of the Social Credit Party of Canada. Former Canada Party leader Claire Foss served as vice president of CAP until November 2003.

Hellyer resigned as CAP leader in 2003 after the New Democratic Party didn't agree to a merger proposal, under which the NDP would change its name. In 2004, Connie Fogal, an activist lawyer, was acclaimed party leader after David Orchard failed to respond to an invitation to take over the leadership. Fogal stepped down in 2008 and was succeeded by Andrew J. Moulden following the 2008 federal election.


A number of CAP members also belong to the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER) and have been influential in developing CAP's monetary policy, particularly its position that the Bank of Canada, rather than chartered banks, should provide loans to the government, if required, to fund public spending.

CAP also argues for the abrogation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and opposes current government trade initiatives and any legislation leading to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and what it sees as integration with the United States and Mexico into a North American Union.[1]

Party leaders


Election results

Election Leader # of candidates # of votes % of popular vote % of popular vote
in ridings contested
1997 election Paul Hellyer 58 17,502 0.13% 0.67%
2000 election Paul Hellyer 70 27,101 0.21% 0.85%
2004 election Connie Fogal 45 8,930 0.06% 0.41%
2006 election Connie Fogal 36 6,102 0.04% 0.35%
2008 election Connie Fogal 20 3,495 0.03% 0.38%
2011 election Christopher Porter 12 1,951 0.01% 0.33%
2015 election Jeremy Arney 3 429 0.00%
Date By-Election Candidate # of votes % of popular vote Place Winner
Mar 30, 1998 Port Moody-Coquitlam Will Arlow 156 0.54% 6/8 Lou Sekora (Liberal)
Nov 15, 1999 York West Stephen Burega 242 1.78% 5/6 Judy Sgro (Liberal)
Sep 11, 2000 Okanagan-Coquihalla Jack William Peach 1,159 4.19% 4/8 Stockwell Day (Alliance)
Nov 27, 2006 London North Centre Will Arlow 29 0.13% 7/7 Glen Pearson (Liberal)
Nov 27, 2006 Repentigny Mahmood Raza Baig 91 0.29% 6/7 Raymond Gravel (Bloc)
Sep 17, 2007 Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot Michel St-Onge 61 0.19% 7/7 Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac (Bloc)
Sep 17, 2007 Outremont Alexandre Amirizian 45 0.19% 10/12 Thomas Mulcair (New Democrat)
Mar 17, 2008 Toronto Centre Doug Plumb 97 0.40% 6/6 Bob Rae (Liberal)
Mar 17, 2008 Vancouver Quadra Psamuel Frank 40 0.14% 6/6 Joyce Murray (Liberal)

See also

Party logo in use until 2006


  1. ^ CAP policy on the economy

External links

  • Official website
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