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Module 23

Protest, parties, and politics between the wars, 1919-1939

P. E. Bryden

Between the First and Second World Wars, Canada’s political system changed in fundamental ways. New parties developed to challenge the dominance of the Liberals and Conservatives at both the national and the provincial level, ending forever the two-party system in Canada. This module explores how the traditional parties responded to these new threats, as well as examining some of the goals and strategies of the new parties themselves.

Primary sources:

  1. Text: The Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King (1921)
  2. Text: Bennett’s New Deal radio addresses (1935)
  3. Cartoon: ‘The Tempter’ (1925)
  4. Cartoon: ‘CCF Platforms’ (1933)
  5. Cartoon: ‘The Old Medicine Man and the New Cure-All’ (1935)

Secondary sources:

  1. Walter D Young. ‘The Regina Manifesto’ in The Anatomy of a Party: The National CCF 1932-61 (1968 )
  2. H. Blair Neatby. The Politics of Chaos (1972)

Introduction

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