A long way to paradise : a new history of British Columbia politics /

Polarized. Partisan. The political landscape of British Columbia has been characterized by divisiveness since Confederation. But why and how did it become Canada's most fractious province? A Long Way to Paradise traces the evolution of political ideas in the province from 1871 to 1972, explorin...

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Main Author: McDonald, Robert A. J., 1944-2019 (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Vancouver : UBC Press, [2021].
Series:C.D. Howe series in Canadian political history.
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505 0 |a Confederation and the Birth of Popular Politics, 1871-83 -- Politics before Parties in a New Province, 1884-1902 -- Singing the Song of Progress in the McBride Years, 1903-15 -- Paradise Modern and the Party of Reform, 1916-28 -- Pattullo's New Liberalism and the Revolt beyond the Rockies, 1928-41 -- Unsettling Capitalism during the Depression, 1933-39 -- The Politics of War and Keeping the Socialists at Bay, 1941-45 -- Right versus Left and Social Credit's Triumph, 1945-52 -- Prosperity for All and Province Building in the Bennett Era, 1952-72 -- Trying to Dress Up the NDP in a Saville Row Suit, 1961-72 -- Bennett's Defeat and BC's First Social Democratic Government, 1965-72. 
520 |a Polarized. Partisan. The political landscape of British Columbia has been characterized by divisiveness since Confederation. But why and how did it become Canada's most fractious province? A Long Way to Paradise traces the evolution of political ideas in the province from 1871 to 1972, exploring British Columbia's journey to sociopolitical maturity. Robert McDonald explains its classic left-right divide as a product of "common sense" liberalism that also shaped how British Columbians met the demands and challenges of a modernizing world. This lively, richly detailed overview provides fresh insight into the fascinating story of provincial politics in Canada's lotus land. 
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