William Irvine: The Life of a Prairie Radical

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James Lorimer & Company, 1979 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
Along with J.S. Woodsworth, William Irvine was one of the pioneers of socialism in Canada, a member of the radical Ginger Group, progenitor of the C.C.F. and N.D.P.

In the wake of the First World War Irvine struggled relentlessly to organize Alberta farmers for political action. Elected to Parliament in 1921, he along with close friend Woodsworth were the sole labour representatives in the House: they worked incessantly against the monopoly power of large corporations and financial institutions. Together they laid the basis for a socialist challenge to the Eastern-dominated, two-party system in Canada.

William Irvine: The Life of a Prairie Radical chronicles his immense contribution to the search for political alternatives in this country, a contribution that can still be felt in Canadian politics today.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Calgary and the Nutcracker
35
The NonPartisan Movement
53
The UFA Enters Politics
84
First Years in Parliament
109
Social Credit and Bank Reform
141
Defeat and Victory
165
The Founding of the CCF
180
Building the CCF
205
The Cold War
223
The Last Years
241
Epilogue
257
Notes
281
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ANTHONY MARDIROS is a professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Alberta.

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