Work Less Party
|Leader||Jessica Mason-Paull (at time of dissolution)|
|Founded||October 1, 2007|
|Dissolved||July 31, 2010|
|Headquarters||1545 10th Avenue East|
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Ideology||Shortening of the working week |
The Work Less Party (WLP) was a Canadian federal political party that became eligible for registration with Elections Canada on October 1, 2007.
The federal Work Less Party was voluntarily de-registered on 31 July 2010, after applying for and being granted an extension to the June 30, 2010 deadline for filing a 2009 financial return to Elections Canada. The federal Work Less Party is no longer able to issue tax receipts for political contributions.
The WLP was formed as a provincial and municipal party in British Columbia by Conrad Schmidt in 2003. In October 2004 Schmidt gave up his day job to be able to give more attention to the party. A federal wing was created in 2007. The party has gained registered status with Elections Canada. In May 2009, Jessica Mason-Paull became the Leader, swapping roles with Schmidt, who then became the Chief Auditor.
The party nominated only a single candidate for the 2008 Canadian federal election. Betty Krawczyk ran unsuccessfully in the riding of Vancouver East, receiving 1.02% of the votes (423 votes). At a national level, this is 0.0013 percent of votes cast.
The party was de-registered at the federal level on July 31, 2010.
The platform of the Work Less Party was based primarily around the rights of workers. The party advocated for the shortening of the work week to 32 hours from 40, reduction of Canada's carbon footprint, a minimum wage increase, decentralized government, and promotion of cultural activities. Economic ideas underpinning the WLP's policy were discussed in Mr.Conrad Schmidt's 2006 book Workers of the World Relax.
- News release Elections Canada, Ottawa 2 July 2010
- Burrows, Matthew. "Work Less goes to "Church"". The Georgia Straight. Vancouver Free Press. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
- Thompson, Kristen (May 12, 2009). "Wide array of parties on ballot", Metro Vancouver. Retrieved on 2009-05-29.
- Burrows, Matthew (2006-05-11). "Work Less founder unveils book". The Georgia Straight. Vancouver Free Press. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
- Work Less Party homepage
- Elections Canada List of Federal Political Parties
- TAKE BACK YOUR TIME - "a U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine"
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