The Communist Party of Canada (CPC) is a communist political party in Canada. Although it is currently a minor or small political party without representation in the Federal Parliament or in provincial legislatures, historically the Party has elected representatives in Federal Parliament, the Ontario Legislature and the Manitoba Legislature as well as various municipal governments. The party has also contributed significantly to trade union organizing and labour history in Canada, peace and anti-war activism, as well as many other social movements.
The Communist Party of Canada is the second oldest registered party after the Liberal Party of Canada, and the only registered political party to historically have been declared illegal (in 1921, 1932, and 1940). In 1990 the party was also de-registered and had its assets seized, forcing it to begin an ultimately successful thirteen-year political and legal battle to allow small political parties in Canada. The campaign culminated with the final decision of Figueroa v. Canada, changing the legal definition of a political party in Canada.
The Communist Party of Canada's 35th convention held in February 2010 elected the following members to its leading body, the Central Executive Committee: Miguel Figueroa (Party leader), Elizabeth Rowley (leader of the Communist Party of Ontario), Robert Loxley (Editor of Clarte, newspaper of the Parti communiste du Québec), Sam Hammond, Chair of the Trade Union Commission of the party and leader of British Columbia Communist Party, and Kimball Cariou (editor of People's Voice).
Leader: Miguel Figueroa
President: Miguel Figueroa
Founded: May 1921
Le Parti communiste du Canada (en anglais Communist Party of Canada) est un parti politique minoritaire au Canada sans représentation au Parlement.
Fondé en 1921 dans la ville de Guelph en Ontario, le Parti communiste est né de la fusion de divers groupes d'extrême-gauche. D'abord illégal, il prit le nom de Workers' Party of Canada pour être légalisé en 1924 et prendre le nom de Communist Party of Canada (CPC).C'est la branche canadienne du Komintern jusqu'à la dissolution le 15 mai 1943.
Le parti devient illégal et après son expulsion par la chambre des communes, doit se rebaptiser Parti ouvrier progressiste pour pouvoir se présenter aux élections.
Chef: Miguel Figueroa
February 17, 2010