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In a country as vast and as culturally diverse as Canada many differentpolitical opinions can be found stretched across the country From the affluentneighbourhoods of West Vancouver to the small fishing towns located on theeast coast of Newfoundland political opinions and affiliations range fromthe left wing to the right wing To represent these varying political viewsCanada has four official national political parties to choose from the Liberalswho are currently in power the Progressive Conservatives the New Democratsand the Reform Party What is particularly interesting is that none of thelatter three parties compose Her Majestys Official Opposition in theHouse of Commons The Bloc Quebecois a Quebec separatist party who onlyran candidates in the province of Quebec in the last federal election in1993 won 54 seats in that province and claimed the title of Her MajestysLoyal Opposition over the Reform Party who garnered only 52 seats Becausethe Bloc ran candidates only in Quebec it would be difficult to think ofthem being a national political party even though they hold a significantnumber of seats in the national legislature This paper will examine thesignificant early history of Canadas four main national political partiesand then will analyse their current state referring to recent major politicalvictoriesdisasters and the comparison of major economic policy standpointswhich will ultimately lead to a prediction of which party will win the nextfederal election in CanadaStarting on the far left there is the New Democratic Party of CanadaTodays modern New Democratic Party was originally called the Co-operativeCommonwealth Federation CCF and was founded in 1932 Originally led bya man by the name of James Shaver Woodsworth the CCF was formed by severalradical farming groups who found out that they had more similarities witheach other than just their destitution The 1920s had been a dark periodfor radicals and unions within Canada poverty and significantly lower wagesfor workers were prevalent and apathy regarding these issues was rampantWhen the depression wove its destructive web across Canada in the 1930sproponents of capitalism
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