Keeping the Dream Alive: The Survival of the Ontario CCF/NDP, 1950-1963

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jul 30, 1997 - History - 307 pages
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Azoulay delineates the central themes and determining factors of the party's development during the 1950s and early 1960s. The CCF/NDP had to contend with not only a booming postwar economy and a very popular premier but also a Cold War-induced phobia toward the Left and serious intraparty divisions. Despite this the party slowly recovered, led by a core of dedicated activists and employing an array of strategies, including the much-publicized transformation of the CCF into the NDP in the early 1960s. The author counters allegations that the CCF/NDP opportunistically abandoned its essential qualities (such as its socialist ideology or democratic structure) for the sake of electoral gain and that organized labour played a leading role in the party in these years, contributing to the dilution of the movement. Although the party sought new alliances among the province's less privileged groups, especially organized labour, it did so cautiously and even hesitantly, always conscious of the need to preserve its basic identity.
 

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Contents

Into the Wilderness
12
A Party Divided
30
Reviving the Movement
59
One Step Forward
73
The Winds of Change
91
Origins of the New Party
107
Building the New Party
129
Consolidating the Grand Illusion
162
Conspiring Events
183
Conclusion
221
Ontario CCFNDP Membership Levels and Election Returns 19451963
243
Notes
245
Bibliography
293
Index
301
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About the author (1997)

Dan Azoulay is an instructor of history, Atkinson College, York University.

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