See biography by M. Stewart and D. French (1959).
The party's traditional populist beliefs in representative and direct democracy follow those of the politics of pre-Confederation Reform Party leader William Lyon Mackenzie, former United Farmers of Ontario premier Ernest Charles Drury and former Ontario Cooperative Commonwealth Federation member Agnes Campbell Macphail. It planned to adopt a statement of principles, policies and platform built on a "people-first-politics" constitution. The constitution was to be ratified in a democratically-held assembly by on a one-member one-vote basis.
The party's interim leader, Bill Cook, ran in the Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey by-election of 2005 as the "Independent Representative" candidate. He placed sixth out of eight candidates.