Canada is currently in a General Election, as you may be aware. Our Members of Parliament who in turn form the government and cabinet as well as determine the Prime Minister of Canada will be elected on January 23rd.
Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority government was ousted last month in a non-confidence vote in Parliament.
Canada has 3 main political parties (in alphabetical order, to avoid any partisanship):
- Conservative - equivilent to the Republicans in the United States. They are the right end of the political spectrum. 2nd largest party based on 2004 election. Leader: Stephen Harper
- Liberal - the mainstream party which crowns itself as Canada's only centrist party. They tend to move to the right and left in different political situations. The party has governed for most of Canada's history. Largest party based on 2004 election. Leader: Pau Martin
- NDP - formed in the 1930's, the NDP is the socialist party on the left end of the political spectrum. The NDP has only formed government on several occasions. 4th largest party based on 2004 election - (we've omitted the 3rd largest party, the separatist Bloc Quebecois since they do not run candidates nationally) Leader: Jack Layton
Again, in alphabetical order to avoid partisanship -- Click to enlarge. Claynadians- these are perfect for printing out.