At the 1960 convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, a resolution was adopted to form “the New Party” which would embrace labour, farmers, and members of the social democratic CCF (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation). The Toronto Labour Council organized to support the founding of the New Democratic Party on August 3rd, 1961 and within a year over 100 local unions in Toronto formally affiliated to the NDP. Tommy Douglas was elected leader, and Eamon Park of the Steelworkers became Secretary. Public healthcare was a key demand that was finally achieved when the NDP held the balance of power in parliament. In 1964 the party scored a breakthrough in Riverdale with the election of MPP Jim Renwick using the innovative tactic of a door-to-door canvass. The same riding (now Toronto Danforth) elected NDP Leader Jack Layton to parliament sixty years later.