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Everything you need to know about Ontario's New Blue Party

Ontario's New Blue Party is one of a handful of minor parties you can expect to see on the ballot alongside the province's main four come election day this June, and it represents a new voting option that is even more right wing than the PC Party. 

The new party was founded by husband and wife Belinda and Jim Karahalios from Cambridge and has a full slate of 124 candidates running in every Ontario riding.

Belinda, who is the party's president, was elected as a Progressive Conservative MPP for Cambridge in 2018 but was ousted after she voted against Bill 195 in 2020 — a bill that allowed Premier Ford's government to extend or amend COVID-related emergency orders without consulting the legislature.

She formed the New Blue Party with her husband shortly after, and a key aspect of the party's platform, called The New Blueprint, is to end all COVID-19 measures and ban vaccine mandates. 

Many New Blue candidates are figures who organize, attend and speak at anti-mask/vax rallies, and Vaughan candidate Luca Mele even realeases amateur rap videos that express his anti-COVID vaccine position as well as his support for the trucker convoy and controversial group Hugs Over Masks.

The party's other campaign promises include banning lobbyists from party politics, "cracking down on voter fraud in internal party elections," "defund[ing] the establishment media and promot[ing] a free press" and "cutting HST from 13% to 10% and ax[ing] the Doug Ford carbon tax" — though the platform doesn't offer any specific cost information or much detail at all. 

It also promises to reform education by "stopping 'woke' activism with the removal of critical race theory and gender identity theory from our schools," which sounds eerily similar to some of the harmful Republican policies being enacted south of the border. 

This focus on ending "wokeness" has some Ontario residents comparing the party to the People's Party of Canada — a federal party that believes immigration should not "forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of our country."

According to lawyer and political satirist Caryma Sa'd, the New Blue Party markets itself as a haven for conservatives disgruntled by Doug Ford, particularly those who are aligned with the so-called freedom movement. 

"What makes this worrisome is the same concern I have with the freedom movement, namely that people are drawn in because of specific — and often legitimate — grievances, only to find themselves in a cesspool of unrelated ideas, even conspiracy theories," Sa'd told blogTO.

"The party portrays itself primarily in terms of economic concerns, but is rooted in ideas that seem intent on preserving (or restoring) a status quo that marginalizes vulnerable groups."

Other minor parties Ontarians might see on the ballot on June 2, depending on the riding, include the Ontario Party, the Communist Party, the Electoral Reform Party, the Populist Party Ontario, the None of the Above Party, Consensus Ontario and the Freedom Party of Ontario.

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