The Natural Law Party Poster and Pin

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The Natural Law Party of Canada was the Canadian branch of the international Natural Law Party founded in 1992 by a group of educators, business leaders, and lawyers who practiced Transcendental Meditation.[1] It never won a seat in Parliament, nor came close to doing so.

Its most famous member was the magician Doug Henning, who ran as a candidate for the Natural Law Party in the 1993 federal election. Henning was featured so prominently in the party’s ads that many Canadian voters mistakenly thought he was the party’s leader; the party was in fact led by Dr. Neil Paterson.

The NLP advocated federal funding for research in yogic flying, believing that this form of meditation was the key to achieving world peace and universal health. It also proposed the construction of Maharishi Veda Land near Niagara Falls. The project was never completed and the party was de-registered by Elections Canada, the Canadian government’s election agency, on January 23, 2003.

Source: R. Roth, The Natural Law Party: A Reason to Vote, St. Martin’s Press, 1998

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