Prepared for the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, June 1-3, 2006, York University.
|Tommy Douglas (former CCF Premier of Saskatchewan)|
becomes the NDP’s first leader in 1961.
These readings of CCF history invoke, explicitly or not, Michels’ theories on oligarchical political parties. For example, according to Walter Young, “The CCF provided an example of the operation of Michels’ Iron Law of Oligarchy” . The formation of the New Democratic Party then represents the victory of the party over the movement.
Read Murray Cooke's paper HERE.