New Party (Canada)

New Party was the interim name used by the new political party being established in Canada from 1958 to 1961 by the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), which eventually defined itself as a social democratic party.[1] In 1958 a joint CCF-CLC committee, the National Committee for the New Party (NCNP), was formed and spent the next three years laying down the foundations of the "New Party".[2] During the process of founding the party, the New Party name was used in the October 1960 Peterborough, Canadian federal by-election; which was won by its candidate, Walter Pitman.[3] In August 1961, at the end of a five-day-long convention, the New Democratic Party (NDP) was born and Tommy Douglas was elected its first leader.[4] Once the NDP was formed, the New Party clubs, and affiliates automatically ceased, and became part of the newly-formed party.

See also


  1. Young 1969, pp. 132–134.
  2. Morton 1986, pp. 20–24.
  3. MacDonald 1998, pp. 109–111.
  4. Stewart 2000, pp. 213–214.


  • MacDonald, Donald C. (1998). The Happy Warrior: Political Memoirs (2nd ed.). Toronto: Dundurn Press. ISBN 978-1-55002-307-7.
  • Morton, Desmond (1986). The New Democrats, 1961-1986: The Politics of Change (3rd ed.). Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman. ISBN 978-0-7730-4618-4.
  • Stewart, Walter (2000). M.J.: The Life and Times of M.J. Coldwell. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7737-3232-2.
  • Young, Walter D. (1969). The Anatomy of a Party: The National CCF 1932–61. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0-8020-5221-6.

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