Bob White on free trade, February 1988

Free trade is a timely topic in 2017 as Canada renegotiates NAFTA with the United States and Mexico. Back in 1998, Bob White was prominent ilabour leader in a citizens’ movement opposing the Free Trade Agreement with the United States.  White made this speech to the convention of the United Fisherman and Allied Workers Union in... Continue Reading →

Arthur Meighen on military conscription, 1917

In 1917, there was a divisive debate in Canada over military compulsory conscription. It was led by Conservative cabinet minister Arthur Meighen, who had drafted the legislation. That bill became the centrepiece of  the bitterly contested "khaki election" which occurred in December 1917. The Conservatives won the election but divided the  country. Brilliant, opinionated, and... Continue Reading →

Nellie McClung on women and the vote, January 1914

Activist Nellie McClung was prominent among those advocating for women to get the vote in Manitoba. When she and others met with Premier Rodmond Roblin in 1914, he flatly refused their request. The following evening that meeting was turned into a piece of guerrilla theatre. McClung played the premier’s role and mimicked his inflated rhetoric in a... Continue Reading →

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