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Changing Union-Party Relations in Canada: The Rise of the Working Families Coalition

Document type Article
Author Walchuk, Bradley
Journal Labor Studies Journal
Volume 35
Date 2010
ISSN 0160-449X
Pages 27-50


The traditional understanding of union-party relations in Canada suggests that the social-democratic New Democratic Party (NDP) is the party of organized labour. Reality, however, dictates that this is no longer the case. This paper examines the rise of the Working Families Coalition (WFC) and its effects on union-party. While popular rhetoric suggests that the Coalition is simply a front for the Liberal Party, a more in-depth analysis suggests otherwise. The paper suggests that the emergence of the WFC has significantly changed the union-party relationship in Ontario and consequently has altered the political strategy of the labour movement.