NDP- New Democratic Party. Formerly the CCF (the Canadian Commonwealth Federation). A Canadian Socialist political party currently headed by Jack Layton. The NDP was the major supporter of the previous minority Liberal Government of Lester B. Pearson. Co-operation between the NDP and the Liberals resulted in the creation of universal Health Care in Canada. The NDP find their majority of support out of large urban centers such as Vancouver and Toronto. The NDP are currently the only elected Canadian political party furthering the participation of the Kyoto Accord. Its first leader, Tommy Douglas, was the first Socialist premier of Saskatchewan. He was able to see Saskatchewan create its own public power generation company and ensured that all peoples of Saskatchewan had access to indoor plumbing. Tommy Douglas' family still fights for the maintainance of universal health care; the most famous of his family is actor Kiefer Sutherland.
The NDP won 16 of the 300 seats in Parliment, but their alliance with Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority government ensured the passing of a socialist budget. This stopped an unnessisary election that the Conservative and Soverigntist Bloc Parties were hoping for.
by ViktorSoren September 19, 2005
The NDP is short for the New Democratic Party. It was began after the Canadian Labour Congress and the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation united. This party is a moderate leftist one, comprised of mainly Social democrats, however subscribers to Democratic Socialism also populate this party.
The NDP should change it's name to the Social Democratic Party.
by Secular leftist October 15, 2005
New Democratic Party. A Party which believes that social priorities and the basic needs of the people come before corporate interests. This is NOT to say they are communists - that is a view held by severely ignorant people. The NDP has NO INTEREST in taking away your property and rights to pursue an economic dream. They believe that if you're fabulously wealthy, you should be helping out the less fortunate to a degree. It is the party that gave Canada its FREE HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM. People go on and on about the wonderful health care system we have: THANK THE NDP.
The NDP is all you got keeping you from a world where your blood greases the cogs of the corporate machine
by Fecologist November 30, 2004
A political party in Canada supported mainly by welfare recipients and idealist students. They are out of touch with true Canadian values and will often pander to the desires of any minority group in order to get a vote.
Any self respecting Canadian would not vote for the NDP.
by left4ded March 23, 2005