Frank Goldspink

Frank Goldspink

Frank Goldspink is a Communist politician in Manitoba, Canada. He ran as a candidate for the Communist Party several times, and appears to have been the leader of the Communist Party of Canada - Manitoba in the provincial election of 1990.

An office worker, Goldspink first ran for the Communist Party of Canada in the 1984 federal election. He campaigned in Winnipeg--Fort Garry and received 115 votes, against 21286 for the winning candidate, Liberal Lloyd Axworthy.

In 1986, Goldspink ran provincially for the CPC-M in the north Winnipeg riding of St. Johns. He received 65 votes, against 3753 for victorious New Democrat Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

Goldspink participated in both the provincial and federal elections of 1988, running provincially in Logan (receiving 46 votes) and federally in Winnipeg North (150 votes).

It will be noted from the above vote totals that the CPC-M was a minor political force during the 1980s. It began to disintegrate even further during the 1990s, coinciding with similar troubles in the federal Communist Party of Canada. Whereas the CPC-M had field six candidates in 1988 under Lorne Robson's leadership, Goldspink was its only candidate in 1990. He was the party's provincial organizer at the time, and may have been its official political leader as well.

As a candidate in the upscale riding of Kirkfield Park, Goldspink received only 25 votes. He left the Communist Party in 1991.

The CPC-M does not seem to have had an official leader again until 1996, when Darrell Rankin was elected to the position at a party convention.


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