Is the Conservative Party more Reform than Progressive Conservative?
July 22, 2010 11:49 AM   Subscribe

How many current members of the Conservative Party of Canada were former members of the Reform/Alliance party prior to the merger? And what about the Conservative Party caucus?

I am wondering if anyone knows the numbers, or if anyone has ideas as to how I could go about finding such numbers.

I know Stephen Harper is a former member of the Liberal Party, the Progressive Conservative Party, the Reform Party, and the Canadian Alliance Party (alliance of one party with itself, but I digress ...).

Is the list of party members publicly available? In electronic format? Wikipedia seems to have this information for each MP, but if I can avoid having to scrape that data from web pages, that's be great.
posted by TheyCallItPeace to Law & Government (3 answers total)
To be clear, Harper was a Young Liberal only until NEP.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:56 AM on July 22, 2010

Is the list of party members publicly available?

No, parties don't have to make public their membership lists. All they have to do is provide a list of 250 members to Elections Canada.

Election results are here, but you'll need to do a small amount of wrangling. All that will tell you is how many Reform candidates went on to become CPC candidates (or MPs, if you prefer).
posted by ssg at 12:07 PM on July 22, 2010

I'm pretty sure you could just Google the entire current Conservative caucus (MPs = Caucus) and find out who came from where.

More interesting, from my point of view are political donors. I don't have a link to the CPC donors list, but this BC Liberal election donors database is pretty sweet. For a fun party game (if you like to party alone), count the number of times Teck (or a Teck board member) donated to the Libs. Follow the link for "filed financial reports" and search for the party...

Maybe there is something else online for the CPC
posted by KokuRyu at 12:12 PM on July 22, 2010

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