Trillium Party of Ontario

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Trillium Party of Ontario
Parti Trillium de l’Ontario
Leader Bob Yaciuk
Founded 2014
Headquarters 95 Cousins Drive
Aurora, Ontario
Ideology Social conservatism
Right-wing populism
Direct democracy
Political position Right-wing
Colours Purple
Seats in Legislature
0 / 124
Website
www.trilliumontario.ca

The Trillium Party of Ontario (French: Parti Trillium de l’Ontario) is a right-wing populist, social conservative political party in the Canadian province of Ontario.[1][2][3][4] Founded in 2014, the party is led by Bob Yaciuk.[5][6]

History[edit]

First contesting the 2014 General Election, the Trillium Party ran two candidates and received 397 votes.

The Trillium Party gained its first member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario after Jack MacLaren, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Carleton—Mississippi Mills announced he had joined the party on May 28, 2017, after being removed from the PC caucus for making negative remarks about Francophones in Ontario.[7][8] Since the Trillium Party lacked official party status, MacLaren was listed as an independent by the Legislature.[9]

Following MacLaren's defection, the Trillium Party saw an increase in media attention as this marked the first time a party other than the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, or New Democrats had maintained representation at Queen's Park since Robert Wayne Gibson sat as a Liberal-Labour MPP for Kenora in 1966. At the time of MacLaren's defection, party leader Bob Yaciuk informed the media the party had "between 1,200 and 1,400 members."[10] The party was reduced back to zero seats when MacLaren, running in the new riding of Kanata—Carleton, did not win personal re-election in the 2018 provincial election.[11]

Policies[edit]

The Trillium Party outlines a number of priorities, focusing on health care, education policy, and policing.[12][13][14]

Trillium Party policy calls for monthly health care statements, reduction in time between application and granting of practising licences for medical professionals from overseas, involving parents in education issues, and increasing financial support for police. Additional policies have included introducing legislation on referenda, addressing corruption through the office of the Auditor General, implementing whistle-blower protection legislation, allowing free votes by MPPs in the legislature, and opposing updates to the province's sexual education curriculum.[12][15]

Election results[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall total
# of
candidates who ran
# of
seats won
+/– Government
2014 397 0.01
2 / 107
0 / 107
New Party Extra-parliamentary
2018 8,178 0.14
26 / 124
0 / 124
+0.13 Extra-parliamentary

In the 2014 provincial election, the Trillium Party nominated 2 candidates: party leader Bob Yaciuk in Newmarket-Aurora and Gennady Vilensky in Oak Ridges—Markham. In total, the party won a total of 397 votes.

In the 2016 Scarborough—Rouge River by-election, the Trillium candidate, Ania Krosinska, placed last with 36 votes.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paikin, Steve. "Lessons for the provincial PCs from the federal Conservative leadership race," StevePaikinsBlog @ TVO.org, May 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Hepburn, Bob. "Why Patrick Brown will be our next premier: Hepburn," Toronto Star, June 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Benzie, Robert. "MPP Jack MacLaren out of Tory caucus after comments about French language rights," Toronto Star, May 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "Tuck jumps from PCs to run for Trillium Party". simcoe.com. April 26, 2018. Retrieved April 26, 2018. 
  5. ^ Elections Ontario, "Registered Political Parties in Ontario," elections.on.ca.
  6. ^ Trillium Party of Ontario, "About Us", trilliumontario.ca, Accessed March 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Kupfer, Matthew; Florence Ngué-No; The Canadian Press. "Ottawa-area MPP Jack MacLaren expelled from PC caucus," CBC Ottawa, May 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Benzie, Robert. "MPP Jack MacLaren was quitting before PC Leader Patrick Brown fired him," Toronto Star, May 29, 2017.
  9. ^ Jones, Allison. "Ontario MPP Jack MacLaren questions official reason for his removal from PC caucus," Global News, May 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Agar, Jerry. "Trillium Party doesn’t trust Patrick Brown," Toronto Sun, July 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Egan, Kelly (June 8, 2018). "Fullerton takes Kanata-Carleton, as voters turf MacLaren". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved June 8, 2018. 
  12. ^ a b Langlois, Denis. "Marshall to carry Trillium Party of Ontario banner," Owen Sound Sun Times, July 6, 2017.
  13. ^ Shantz, Troy.Bruziewicz to represent Trillium Party in provincial election," Sarnia Journal, January 29, 2018.
  14. ^ Trillium Party of Ontario, "Policy", trilliumontario.ca, Accessed March 3, 2018.
  15. ^ Campbell, John. "Trillium Party candidate admits he faces uphill battle but he won't be whipped," Brighton Independent, January 5, 2018.
  16. ^ Elections Ontario. "Official Returns from the Record - Scarborough-Rouge River," Elections Ontario, February 12, 2016.