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August - August creation of NFLD NDP

Date: 
August 11, 1959
The first-ever NDP party - the Newfoundland Democratic Party - was formed by leaders of the province's Federation of Labour in response to ruthless tactics of the Smallwood government which crushed a six-week strike by loggers earlier that year, outlawed the logger' union - the international Woodworkers of America (IWA), and replaced it with the government -sponsored Newfoundland Brotherhood of Wood Workers. The Party ran 18 candidates in the provincial election that was called that month, none whom were elected, and disbanded after the election. The strike is remembered as one of the bitterest strikes in Canadian history with dozens of strikers jailed and a police officer killed on the picket line.

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