Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Better Canada - 1944

Socialist History Project

The Communist Party of Canada adopted the name "Labor-Progressive Party" when it emerged from illegality in 1943. The following was published as a 32-page 5.25"x7.25" pamphlet. It is undated, but on internal evidence must have been written in 1944 or early 1945. 

It appears to have been designed for use by candidates across the country, with the back cover reserved for individual candidates in various ridings. The back cover of the edition in the SHP archives is reproduced at the bottom of this page. 

The pamphlet was illustrated with small cartoons on every page -- we have reproduced only the drawing of LPP leader Tim Buck, from the first page.


Electoral Program of the Labor-Progressive Party


In the pages of this booklet the Labor-Progressive Party sets forth for the consideration of every Canadian the concrete things which must be done to enable our people to reap the harvest of Victory. When we speak of "a better Canada", as all of us do, these days, there is need to be very definite about the steps which must be taken to realize our aims ... Here, between these covers, is our Party’s idea of those steps. We speak about housing, about health, about culture and education, about taxes, about foreign trade and our relations with other countries all around us ...

By acting upon the needs of Canada’s people in these respects, we can raise the level of Canada’s contribution to the solution of those world problems which concern us all. And we shall be fulfilling the dreams of great men who gave their talents, their energies and their very lives, down through the generations, to make Canada a land that the poet conceived when he wrote "... But Westward look ... the land is bright!"

Read more HERE.

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