Collection RC0786 - Socialist Party of Canada collection

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Socialist Party of Canada collection

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  • 1919-1970 (Creation)

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3 cm of textual records

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The Socialist Party of Canada was founded in 1904 when the Socialist Party of British Columbia merged with the Canadian Socialist League. By 1910 the party stretched across Canada. The party's philosophy is revolutionary, holding a view known as "impossibilism", that is that capitalism is not capable of being reformed. Support for the party waned after the collapse of the 1919 general strikes. The Socialist Party of Canada is affiliated with the World Socialist Party of the United States and the Socialist Party of Great Britain.

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The collection consists of printed materials, such as pamphlets, election manifestos, and speeches, as well as literature issued by affiliated parties. There is one letter (1970) from Larry Tickner, General Secretary, which contains details about the party's history.

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Most of the collection was acquired from J. T. Lambie of the Socialist Party of Canada in 1969.


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