Rassemblement pour l'alternative progressiste
The Rassemblement pour l'alternative progressiste or RAP (English: Rally for a Progressive Alternative) began as the Rassemblement pour l'alternative politique, a social movement founded in 1997 as an attempt to unite the progressive and leftist forces in Quebec, Canada. It presented seven independent candidates (including former trade union leader Michel Chartrand) in the 1998 Quebec provincial election, and became a political party in 2000.
In 2002, it joined with the Parti de la démocratie socialiste and the Parti communiste du Québec to form the Union des forces progressistes (UFP). In 2006, the UFP joined with the Option citoyenne social movement to form the Québec solidaire party.
- Pierre Dostie, "Quebec solidaire: enters the National Assembly", Canadian Dimension, 1 March 2009, p. 13.