National Citizens Alliance
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The National Citizens Alliance (French: Alliance National des Citoyens, formerly the National Advancement Party of Canada) is a minor federal political party in Canada. The party was formed in 2014 and registered with Elections Canada in 2015 under the name Democratic Advancement Party of Canada. It later became the National Advancement Party. The National Advancement Party voluntarily deregistered with Elections Canada on December 31, 2017,  and created a new party called the National Citizens Alliance, which applied for registration with Elections Canada in May 2018. Its registration was confirmed in January 2019.
|Founder||Stephen J. Garvey|
|Founded||November 18, 2014|
|Headquarters||728 Northmount Drive North-West|
PO Box 94
Calgary, Alberta T2K 6J8
|Political position||Centre-right to right-wing|
In August 2015, the National Advancement Party of Canada was registered under the party name, Democratic Advancement Party of Canada (DAPC). The DAPC ran four candidates in the 2015 federal election. In January 2017, the party name was changed to National Advancement Party of Canada (NAPC).
On December 13, 2017 the National Advancement Party voluntarily deregistered itself from Elections Canada effective December 31, 2017.
National Citizens Alliance registration was confirmed in January 2019.
2015 federal electionEdit
The NAPC, under the DAPC name, fielded four candidates. Garvey was a candidate in Calgary Skyview, Fahed Khalid was a candidate in Bow River, Max Veress was a candidate in Calgary Forest Lawn, and Faizan Butt was a candidate in Calgary Nose Hill. No candidate was elected.
The NAPC fielded two candidates in by-elections for the Calgary ridings in April 2017: Garvey was the candidate in Calgary Heritage (79 votes, 0.3% of the total), and Kulbir Singh Chawla was the candidate in Calgary Midnapore (81 votes, 0.3% of the total).
Policy and viewsEdit
As of 2018, the NCA advocates these policies:
- Small, lean government
- Lower taxes including rescinding carbon taxation and implementing a 7% reduction in federal taxation
- Legislation for the recall of any MP and referendums including the ability of the Canadian people to hold a binding national no-confidence vote on a sitting government
- Immigration policy reform
- Restoring the 1934 Bank of Canada Act and implementing balanced budgets to address the growing federal debt annual debt service payments to commercial banks
The party wants to limit the immigration rate, which they believe to be too high for proper screening and vetting, as well as restricting or halting immigration from nations with strong terrorist activities, or do not share what they describe as Canadian values. They also advocate deportation of all illegal immigrants who entered Canada through the United States as part of a Safe Third Country Agreement loophole. The NCA supports abortion rights, but banning them after 3 months of pregnancy. The party states it supports LGBT rights but also states it will prohibit "schools and any other relevant organizations/institutions from exposing children to indoctrination [on] sexual identity". The party supports gun rights, and describes the current gun regulations as excessive and ineffective. They want to increase penalties for animal cruelty, and a full ban on bestiality, which is currently only partly banned in Canada. National Citizens Alliance supports Quebec preserving their culture, but opposes full independence, instead advocating for greater cooperation between the federal government and Quebec.
Roles in anti-M-103 protestsEdit
Stephen Garvey is a former associate of the anti-immigrant group Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI), until publicly cutting ties with the group in June 2017. He has led or acted as spokesperson for multiple protests against M-103 as NAPC leader.
Garvey was the lead organizer of a March 2017 protest in Calgary against Motion 103 (M-103), a non-binding resolution in the federal House of Commons which condemned Islamophobia and all other forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.
In May 2017, Garvey was the spokesperson for a protest in Red Deer which alleged that Syrian students at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School were given more lenient punishments for participating in a fight than other students. The allegations were false, as school officials and local RCMP confirmed all eight students involved were suspended for one week.
In June 2017, the NAPC held an impromptu press conference in protest against the City of Calgary for revoking the special event permit for the party's "Say No to Hate and Racism Festival", which the City viewed as "anti-Muslim and Islamophobic" and other observers characterized as "anti-Islam". Garvey, former candidate Kulbir Singh Chawla and several other National Advancement supporters were interrupted later that month at another press conference by marchers from the anti-fascist group Calgary Antifa.
- "Registered Political Parties: National Advancement". Elections Canada. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- Garvey, Steven. We are at war with a privileged globalist elite (Video). Retrieved September 20, 2017.
We support Canadian nationalism over globalism. We are pro-Canadian, anti-globalists.
- "Integration of New Arrivals Policy Statement". National Advancement Party of Canada. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
National Advancement rejects the liberal socialist globalist agenda of creating a Canada that is devoid of a distinct identity and heritage
- Elections Canada (December 13, 2017). "Deregistration of the National Advancement Party of Canada". CNW. Cision. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
- "Calgary By-elections". National Advancement Party of Canada. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
- "NCA Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Policy Statement - National Citizens Alliance". National Citizens Alliance. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
- "NCA Abortion Policy Statement - National Citizens Alliance". National Citizens Alliance. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
- "NCA LGBTQ Policy Statement - National Citizens Alliance". National Citizens Alliance. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
- "NCA Firearms Policy Statement - National Citizens Alliance". National Citizens Alliance. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
- "NCA Animal Welfare Policy Statement - National Citizens Alliance". National Citizens Alliance. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
- "Supreme Court clarifies Canada's bestiality law with ruling". Retrieved 2018-08-23.
- "NCA Canadian Unity and Quebec Policy Statement - National Citizens Alliance". National Citizens Alliance. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
- Snowdon, Wallis; Huncar, Andrea (May 23, 2017). "Anti-immigrant protest at Alberta school follows student fight". CBC News. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
Stephen Garvey, a member of the anti-immigration group Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, said the intent of the protest was to raise awareness about the need to protect 'Canadian culture' in schools.
- Kury de Castillo, Carolyn (June 24, 2017). "Calgary rally draws dozens opposed to proposed anti-Islam event". Global News. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
Garvey suggests his event was punished because of his previous association with the World Wide [sic] Coalition Against Islam through their shared opposition to Sharia Law.
- "Calgary anti-racism activists rally, cross paths with opponents". Calgary Herald. 2017-06-25. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
- "Alt-right groups hold M-103 protest outside Calgary City Hall". Metro Calgary. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
- Montpetit, Jonathan (March 5, 2017). "What we learned about the far right over the weekend". CBC News. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
- Brooks, Anna (March 5, 2017). "Protesters in Calgary clash over M-103 anti-Islamophobia motion". Calgary Herald. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
- "Protesters left unsatisfied following meeting with Thurber school officials". rdnewsNOW. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
- Wood, James (May 24, 2017). "'We are Albertans': Notley weighs in on Red Deer school protest by anti-immigration groups". Calgary Herald. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
School officials and the RCMP said four Canadian students and four Syrian students who had been involved in a fight had all been suspended for a week from school.
- National Advancement Party of Canada (2017-06-24), Message of Unity to ALL Canadians, retrieved 2017-08-24
- Official website
- National Advancement Party of Canada – Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups - Web Archive created by the University of Toronto Libraries