National Advancement Party of Canada
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The National Advancement Party of Canada (French: Parti de l'Essor National du Canada) was a minor federal political party in Canada. The party described itself as for "advancement of the Canadian people and Canada". The party was formed in 2014 and registered with Elections Canada in 2015, initially under the name Democratic Advancement Party of Canada. The party was headquartered in Calgary, Alberta and led by writer Stephen Garvey. The party was dissolved on December 31, 2017.
|Former federal party|
|Founder||Stephen J. Garvey|
|Founded||November 18, 2014|
|Dissolved||December 31, 2017|
|Headquarters||728 Northmount Drive North-West
PO Box 94
Calgary, Alberta T2K 6J8
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 party voluntarily deregistered itself from Elections Canada effective December 31.
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).
Roles in anti-Islam protestsEdit
Stephen Garvey was 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 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 ultimately 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.
- Elections Canada (December 13, 2017). "Deregistration of the National Advancement Party of Canada". CNW. Cision. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
- 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
- "Alt-right groups hold M-103 protest outside Calgary City Hall". Metro Calgary. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
- "Calgary By-elections". National Advancement Party of Canada. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
- 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.
- 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
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