Natural Governing Party

Sarcastic moniker ascribed by critics to the Liberal Party.

Coined in the late 1990s, the term, sometimes shortened to the anagram “NGP”, is a reference to both the Liberal Party’s electoral success through the years – Liberal Governments were in office in Ottawa approximately two-thirds of the period from 1900 to 2000 – and to the Liberals’ perceived sense of entitlement and arrogance.

Liberal pragmatism (or opportunism), its base among the elites in Toronto [see Family Compact] and Montreal, its close relationships with public servants and the media are all seen to be characteristic of the “NGP”.

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