Imperfect Union: Canadian Labour and the Left - Part 2 - Born of Hard Times

Imperfect Union: Canadian Labour and the Left - Part 2 - Born of Hard Times

| 51 min

The world plunges into the Great Depression which, like most leaders, Canada's R.B. Bennett refuses to combat with unbalanced budgets and government spending. Inspired by reports from Russia, many turn to communism for solutions. The 1937 General Motors strike in Oshawa gives the Congress of Industrial Organizations a toehold in Canada, but on the eve of World War II Canada's tiny unions remain blocked by restrictive labour laws and, like the equally tiny Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, locked in struggle with communist rivals. Part 2.

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Credits
  • director
    Arthur Hammond
  • producer
    Arthur Hammond
  • script
    Arthur Hammond
  • executive producer
    John Spotton
    John Taylor
  • sound
    Robert Young
    Peter Clements
  • editing
    Jack Morbin
    John Kramer
  • sound editing
    André Galbrand
    Antonia McGrath
  • narrator
    Jill Frappier