What were the circumstances that led to your selection as provincial leader of the C.C.F. in Saskatchewan? Was there any friction in the party during those years that you can recall?
No, there was no overt friction. There's always been a coolness between Mr. Coldwell and Mr. Williams, and so when Mr. Williams was elected House leader, Coldwell, who was provincial leader, made way for him. Williams became the provincial leader as well as being House leader, and Coldwell went to Ottawa. They were operating in different spheres, and the misunderstandings cleared up. 1 Mr. Coldwell became national secretary of the C.C.F. when Williams was provincial leader here in Saskatchewan.
Then there was a provincial election in 1938. That was a terrible schemozzle from our standpoint. George Williams got the
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Publication information: Book title: The Making of a Socialist:The Recollections of T.C. Douglas. Contributors: Lewis Herbert Thomas - Editor, T. C. Douglas - Author. Publisher: University of Alberta. Place of publication: Edmonton, Alta.. Publication year: 1984. Page number: 139.
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