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Canada: Political Parties Material

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0101 PP.CN
Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Full title: Canada: Political Parties Material
Date(s): 1933
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 20 boxes
Name of creator(s): Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Canada emerged from World War Two with the power and jurisdiction of its federal government greatly enhanced by the necessity of wartime controls and centralization, and the post-war period has borne witness to a complex debate between the provinces and Ottawa as to the extent to which this power should be limited or even relinquished. Complicating the issue has been the presence within the confederation of predominantly francophone Quebec, where the desire for special status or even independence has in turn impacted upon the demands made by the other provinces and territories. This has also had an effect on the political party system, with perhaps only the Liberals (and until recently the Progressive Conservatives) consistently being able to lay claim to being a truly national party whilst other essentially regionalist parties (Social Credit, Bloc Quebecois, the Reform Party and arguably the New Democratic Party) sent representatives to the national parliament. External relations have also been a focus for debate, with concern centring on the United States and its economic and cultural influence, as well as the consequences for Canadian foreign policy of following the lead of its powerful neighbour. These issues and others are raised, referred to and discussed within the materials held here.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manifestos, speeches, pamphlets, leaflets, letters, newsletters, journals, posters and miscellaneous election material at federal, state and youth levels issued by the Alberta Social Credit League, the Bloc Québécois, the British Columbia Social Credit Party, the Canadian Communist League (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Canada, the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario), the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the Feminist Party of Canada, the Green Party of Canada, the Groupe marxiste révolutionnaire, the Liberal Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario), the Libertarian Party of Canada, the Labor-Progressive Party (Canada), the League for Socialist Action/Ligue socialiste ouvrière (Canada), the Mouvement national des Québécois, the Mouvement socialiste, the National Progressive Conservative Women's Federation, the New Democratic Party, the New Democratic Party of Alberta, the New Democratic Party of British Columbia, the New Democratic Party of Manitoba, the New Democratic Party of Ontario, the National Liberal Federation of Canada, the Parti nouveau démocratique du Québec, the Nova Scotia Liberal Association, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Youth Association, the Parti acadien, the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, the Progressive Conservative Association of Canada, the Progressive Conservative Association of Ontario, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, the Progressive Conservative Student Federation, the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation, the Parti libéral du Québec, the Parti québécois, the Parti Rhinocéros, the Parti des Travailleurs du Québec, the Rassemblement pour l'Indépendance Nationale, the Reform Party of Canada, the Revolutionary Workers League, the Social Credit Association of Canada, the Social Credit Party of Canada, the Social Credit Rally, the Socialist Labor Party of Canada, the Voice of Women, the Western Canada Concept, the Western Canada Party, the Workers Communist Party (Canada), the Young Communist League, the Young Progressive Conservative Association of Canada, and the Young Socialists.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Predominantly English and French, one item in German.

System of arrangement:

Alphabetically by party, and then in rough chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Open to all for research purposes; access is free for anyone in higher education.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can usually be obtained - apply to library staff.

Finding aids:

Records at item level on library catalogue (SASCAT)

Archival Information

Archival history:

The ICS political parties collection was begun in 1960-1961, with special emphasis being placed on primary material such as party constitutions, policy statements, convention reports and election manifestos. Since then, the main method of gathering material has been to appeal directly to political parties throughout the Commonwealth, though contributions from Institute members and staff following visits to relevant countries have been significant. More recently material has been collected by means of downloading documents from the websites of the major parties.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also Canada: Trades Unions Material (TU.CN) and Canada: Pressure Groups Material (PG.CN), as well as Political Party, Trades Unions and Pressure Group Materials for other Commonwealth countries and related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held at the ICS.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description compiled by Daniel Millum, Political Archives Project Officer at the Institutes of Commonwealth and Latin American Studies.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 28/01/2004 AIM25

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