The Making of a Socialist: The Recollections of T.C. Douglas

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Editor's conclusion

The last three years of Douglas's premiership were as innovative and exciting as his first three years. There were notable developments in the economy of the province, in legislative and administrative activity, in party politics, and party leadership. During this period, administrative activity continued along familiar lines -- family farm improvement, and extension of electrification of rural areas, welfare benefits, highway construction (particularly in the north), and guarantees or loans to private industry. The most remarkable event in 1959 was the beginning of construction of the South Saskatchewan River dam -- one of the world's largest earthfilled dams, whose 140 mile-long reservoir would provide for electric power generation, urban water supply, recreation, and irrigation (if farmers desired). A largely attended ceremony on 27 May 1959 inaugurated the project, the costs of which were to be met by

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • 1 - Scottish Immigrant 1
  • 2 - Baptist Minister 40
  • 3 - C.C.F Politician 75
  • 4 - War Years in Parliament 121
  • 5 - Provincial Leader 139
  • 6 - First Months of Office 158
  • 7 - Saskatchewan Government Reforms 196
  • 8 - The 1948 Election 246
  • 9 - At Home and Abroad 263
  • 10 - The Third C.C.F. Term in Office 303
  • 11 - Reflections on Life and Politics 334
  • 12 - Editor's Conclusion 364
  • Notes 378
  • Index 395
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