Natural Law Party of Canada

Natural Law Party of Canada
Natural Law Party of Canada
Leader Neil Paterson
Founded 1992 (1992)
Dissolved January 23, 2003 (2003-01-23)
Ideology pro-Transcendental Meditation
International affiliation Natural Law Party
Official colours Light blue
Politics of Canada
Political parties
Elections

The Natural Law Party of Canada (NLPC) was the Canadian branch of the international Natural Law Party founded in 1992 by a group of educators, business leaders, and lawyers who practiced Transcendental Meditation.[1]

The magician Doug Henning was Senior Vice President of NLPC, and ran as the party's candidate for the former Toronto riding of Rosedale in the 1993 federal election, finishing sixth out of ten candidates.[2][3][4] The party was led by Dr. Neil Paterson.

The NLPC supported federal funding for further research in the technique of yogic flying, a part of the TM-Sidhi program, as a tool for achieving world peace. The NLPC platform maintained that once it took over the government, Canada’s crime, unemployment, and deficit would disappear.[2] Naomi Rankin, the leader of the Communist Party, called the NLP "crackpot".[5] One of its slogans was "If you favor Natural Law, Natural Law will favor you."[6]

The NLPC was primarily active in the provinces of Ontario (Natural Law Party of Ontario), Quebec (Parti de la loi naturelle du Québec) and British Columbia. The provincial wings had candidates and are now defunct.[citation needed]

The party was de-registered by Elections Canada, the Canadian government's election agency, on January 23, 2003.[7]

Election results

The Party never won a seat in Parliament.[citation needed]

Election # of candidates nominated # of seats won # of total votes  % of popular vote  % of pop vote NLP ridings
1993
231
0
85,450
0.63%
0.77%
1997
136
0
37,085
0.29%
0.61%
2000
69
0
16,573
0.13%
0.53%

See also

Notes

  1. ^ R. Roth, The Natural Law Party: A Reason to Vote, page 285. St. Martin's Press, 1998
  2. ^ a b Gardner, Martin, "Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru", Skeptical Inquirer Vol 19.3 (May/June 1995)
  3. ^ "'Have rabbit, will travel': Yogic flyer's Natural Law Party failed to capture the imagination", National Post (UK) (February 20, 2000)
  4. ^ "Rosedale, Ontario (1933-1996)", History of Federal Ridings Since 1867
  5. ^ MONCHUK, JUDY (June 6, 1993). "Fringe parties include `right, left, crackpot'". The Gazette (Montreal, Que.): p. A.6. 
  6. ^ GRIFFIN, KEVIN (October 18, 1993). "Henning sends out de-stress signals: The magician is here to explain the politics of yogic flying and vanishing deficits". The Vancouver Sun: p. A.5. 
  7. ^ Elections Canada. "Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration". http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=pol&dir=par&document=index&lang=e#Natural. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 

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