Date of Award

9-1980

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

Supervisor

William D. Coleman

Language

English

Abstract

This thesis examines the relationship between early Canadian socialist parties and the genesis of the Communist Party of Canada. It presents the argument that the Communist Party of Canada was formed by and therefore was the unity of the socialists of three socialist parties the Socialist Party of Canada, the Social Democratic Party of Canada and the Socialist Party of North America. The histories of these parties will be discussed, along with the One Big Union and various labour parties, to see how their ideologies and praxis were unable to mobilize workers and how this led to the acceptance of Bolshevism by Canadian socialists and workers.

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