Volume 40 (Fall/Automne 1997)
|Mass Rally at Maple Leaf Gardens |
celebrating release of Tim Buck, 1934
Two months later in Toronto, they were put on trial. While the Crown's case included the mounds of material gathered by the authorities during their summer raids, its ace in the hole was the testimony of Sergeant John Leopold of the RCMP, aka Jack Esselwein, erstwhile member of the CPC and professional labour spy.
For the nine accused, the appearance of Esselwein as Leopold was perhaps not a complete surprise; it was only three years before that his picture appeared i n The Worker under ihe caption "Stool Exposed !" shortly after then Party Secretary "Moscow" Jack MacDonald had blown his cover. But it was the first time that any of them had seen their former comrade in full RCMP regalia.
Read more HERE (pdf).