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Communist Party of Canada candidates, 1988 Canadian federal election

The Communist Party of Canada fielded several candidates in the 1988 federal election, none of whom were elected. Information about these candidates may be found on this page.

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QuebecEdit

Papineau—Saint-Michel: Line ChabotEdit

Line Chabot was a Communist Party candidate in two federal elections and one provincial election. She described herself as a bookseller in 1984.[1]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes % Place Winner
1984 federal Saint-Michel—Ahuntsic Communist 190 0.47 5/7 Thérèse Killens, Liberal
1985 provincial Dorion Communist 76 0.31 7/11 Violette Trépanier, Liberal
1988 federal Papineau—Saint-Michel Communist 235 0.60 6/9 André Ouellet, Liberal

OntarioEdit

Geoffrey Da Silva (Eglinton—Lawrence)Edit

Da Silva received 208 votes (0.52%), finishing fifth against Liberal candidate Joe Volpe. He later became a cabinet minister in Guyana.

Mike Phillips (Sudbury)Edit

Mike Phillips was a perennial candidate for the Communist Party at the federal and provincial levels. He was a 24-year-old electrician during his first campaign, and later worked as a labour reporter for the Canadian Tribune.[2]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes % Place Winner
1974 federal Davenport Communist 123 4/6 Charles Caccia, Liberal
1975 provincial York South Communist 609 4/4 Donald C. MacDonald, New Democratic Party
1977 provincial York South Communist 526 4/5 Donald C. MacDonald, New Democratic Party
1980 federal York South—Weston Communist 99 5/6 Ursula Appolloni, Liberal
1981 provincial York South Communist 472 4/4 Donald C. MacDonald, New Democratic Party
1984 federal York South—Weston Communist 174 6/6 John Nunziata, Liberal
1988 federal Sudbury Communist 102 0.24 5/5 Diane Marleau, Liberal

John (Jack) C. Sweet (York West)Edit

Sweet was a toolmaker, administrator and IBM clerk in private life, and was a perennial candidate for federal, provincial and municipal office in North York.[3] He joined the Communist Party at age eighteen and was a member for more than fifty years, working for a time in the organization's Toronto headquarters.[4]

Sweet contributed to "Canadian Aid for Russia" in 1943, during World War II.[5] He was president of Toronto's Tim Buck-Norman Bethune Education Centre during the 1980s.[6] A dedicated community activist, he was also president of the Humberlea Community Association and chairman of a Metro tax reform council.[7] He opposed an expansion of Pearson International Airport in 1989.[8]

He was listed as sixty-six years old during the 1984 campaign.[9]

The closest he ever came to winning election was in 1978, when he was narrowly defeated for a North York school trustee position.

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes % Place Winner
1962 North York municipal Council, Ward Seven n/a 450 4/4 John Dean Booth
1964 North York municipal Council, Ward One n/a 650 2/2 John Dean Booth
1966 North York municipal Council, Ward One n/a 210 3/3 John Dean Booth
1969 North York municipal Council, Ward One n/a 405 6/7 Fred Schindeler
1971 provincial Yorkview Communist 391 4/4 Fred Young, New Democratic Party
1972 North York municipal Council, Ward One n/a 180 6/6 Gord Risk
1974 North York municipal Council, Ward One n/a 143 6/6 Gord Risk
1975 provincial Yorkview Communist 594 4/4 Fred Young, New Democratic Party
1976 North York municipal Council, Ward One n/a 385 4/4 Gord Risk
1978 North York municipal School Trustee, Ward One n/a 1,365 2/2 Jo Treasure
1980 North York municipal School Trustee, Ward One n/a 421 4/5 Sheila Lambrinos
1981 provincial Yorkview Communist 503 5/7 Michael Spensieri, Liberal
1982 North York municipal School Trustee, Ward One n/a 717 3/4 Sheila Lambrinos
1984 federal York West Communist 147 7/7 Sergio Marchi, Liberal
12 November 1984 North York municipal by-election Council, Ward One n/a not listed not listed Mario Sergio
1988 federal York West Communist 119 7/7 Sergio Marchi, Liberal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ History of Federal Ridings since 1867: SAINT-MICHEL--AHUNTSIC (1984/09/04), Parliament of Canada, accessed 2 September 2011.
  2. ^ Judith Timson, "Inflation worries low-income Davenport", Toronto Star, 18 June 1974, B1; John Munch, "NDP still hurting over '74", Toronto Star, 14 February 1980. See also History of Federal Ridings since 1867: Sudbury (1988/11/21), Parliament of Canada, accessed 5 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Yorkview", Toronto Star, 19 October 1971, 11; Dorothy Lipovenko and Howard Fluxgold, "13 new trustees join Toronto school board", Globe and Mail, 14 November 1978, P5.
  4. ^ Kate Burbridge, "York West hopefuls court huge block of Italian voters", Toronto Star, 21 August 1984, A7; Paul Waldie, "Communists up in arms over party property sale", Globe and Mail, 21 October 1991, A4.
  5. ^ "Canadian aid to Russia nears two million mark", Toronto Star, 13 February 1943, p. 33.
  6. ^ "Communist offices vandalized", Globe and Mail, 18 April 1987, A11.
  7. ^ "Metro area voters to decide 33 ridings", Toronto Star, 18 November 1988, A11.
  8. ^ Gary Webb-Proctor, "Residents oppose additional runways at crowded airport ", Globe and Mail, 28 February 1999, A11.
  9. ^ Mary Gooderham, "In York West, main candidates are Italian", Globe and Mail, 1 September 1984, P19.