The Family Coalition Party is Ontario’s only life-respecting, pro-family, fiscally and socially conservative political party. The FCP principles recognize the supremacy of God and the Rule of Law, respect for life, freedom, and ownership of property. We recognize the family as the "basic building block of society”.
The party holds policy positions in all areas of governance including education, agriculture, economic reform, health care, social assistance, the environment, law and order, housing, government reform, Aboriginal / First Nation affairs, poverty, and public transportation.
The FCP has fielded candidates in every election since it was formed in 1987.
The Family Coalition Party became Ontario's fourth largest political party in the 1987 provincial election - twelve weeks after being formed. In spite of the short notice, the Family Coalition Party fielded 36 candidates in that election. More than 48,000 people chose the Family Coalition Party over established parties - a remarkable achievement for such a young party!
Why would a new party be necessary? The party was originally formed in reaction to the legalization of abortion in all circumstances. Pro-life voters found it difficult to be able to, in good conscience, cast their vote, so the Family Coalition Party was created to field pro-life candidates.
In the following years, the party expanded its focus and developed policies covering all areas of governance directly affecting the family, such as education, health-care, taxation, and the economy.
In the 1990 election, the Family Coalition Party doubled its size and received more than 110,000 votes. Family Coalition Party candidates significantly affected the election results - some receiving over 10% of the votes cast.
The party ran 51 candidates in the 2003 Provincial Election and 83 candidates in the 2007 Provincial Election.
The Family Coalition Party of Ontario is a political party with a development strategy aimed at positively influencing the province for life, family, and fiscal responsibility. Here are four key components of this strategy.
Creating Like-minded Partnerships
The FCP realizes that good policies and legislation are developed through working with others. Connecting with front-line organizations who are also working on strengthening the family, promoting justice, and advocating for the wise use of public money is paramount if we are to create policies that are relevant and realistic. To this end, FCP has been reaching out to, and collaborating with, organizations like the Ontario Taxpayers Federation, the Small Business Federation of Canada, Campaign Life Coalition, the Fraser Institute, and Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and taking note of reports presented by groups like the Conference Board of Canada, EconomicInequality.ca, and Democracy Watch, to stay abreast of today's fiscal, environmental, agricultural, and social concerns. These organizations are generally non-profit, not beholden to financial allegiances when conducting their research or presenting their findings. We believe organizations such as these demonstrate an earnest desire to provide unfiltered information: gold that is to be mined for proper policy development.
Advocating for our Principles between Elections
In the past the FCP existed primarily to provide a pro-life alternative vote. This is an important issue, but it’s not the only one facing the people of our province. The principles of the FCP relate to all areas of governance, and we see the need to be advocating for these principles as issues arise and problems persist.
The FCP has embarked on a development plan that involves advocacy for our principles between elections. One example of such activity is our work regarding public education. We believe that options in education must be made available to parents so that they can have a learning environment for their children that best fits their situation. Recent legislative changes seek to reduce options for families and have shown that the public system is not accommodating of all. Pressure from our efforts this year and those with whom we’ve partnered influenced legislative opinion at Queen’s Park and enabled families to become informed and able to better communicate with local school boards.
Active in Every Community
We believe that the key to becoming influential in the province is to be active in local communities. We also know that relationships are best created face-to-face, among people who are part of the same community. Political parties are naturally structured for this to be achieved. Constituency associations can actively represent the principles of the FCP across Ontario, building relationships through regular activity and communication. We believe that trust- a difficult term in politics these days- is earned and not given, and people should know us more for what we DO than what we say.
The FCP will become influential by establishing constituency associations (CAs) in each electoral district in Ontario. CAs and their local support groups will not only serve as representatives of the FCP during election time, but will reach out and build relationships with local citizens through their year-round advocacy work.
Only as Strong as Your Foundation
The Family Coalition Party of Ontario is based on principles that are not dependent on a particular time, place, or political circumstance. They are not to be altered to fit a particular strategy or to win an election: they retain their relevance at all times. These are self-explanatory principles of fundamental justice and human rights. We call them traditional principles. The FCP believes traditional principles do not negate pursuing opportunities of innovation, growth, or creativity, but they guide these endeavors with time-honoured wisdom and prudence so that they are done well, and done right.
Many in Ontario hold to these same traditional values and want to see them considered and integrated into law and governance. Between elections the FCP will advocate for issues through a traditionally-principled lens, demonstrating a commitment to building stronger families, a stronger economy, and better governance in our province.
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