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The Rise of the New West

This one-volume history chronicles a 150-year history of dramatic changes in fortune and attitudes in western Canada.

From the Riel Rebellions and the Winnipeg General Strike to the founding of the CCF, Social Credit, and Reform parties, Canada’s West has always been a hotbed of political, social, and economic change. In the early twentieth century those calls for change emanated from the left as farmers and workers fought for social and economic justice. In the past two decades, the protests and calls for change emanated from the right as the region gained a new role for itself in Canada.

This history chronicles the rise and fall of such figures as Grant Devine, Bill Vander Zalm, Glen Clark, Roy Romanow, Stockwell Day, and Lorne Calvert — and the emergence of Stephen Harper and the federal Conservatives. It describes how the West, the political wellspring of progressive changes over the years, has been transformed into the bastion of the right, culminating in the virtual annihilation of the NDP in Saskatchewan, the cradle of social democracy in Canada.

This is the updated fourth edition of John Conway’s classic book originally published under the title The West.

John F. Conway

JOHN F. CONWAY, a well-known commentator on Western Canadian politics, teaches sociology at the University of Regina. He is the author of The Canadian Family in Crisis and Debts to Pay, and a frequent contributor to newspapers across Canada.

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A brief overview of the changing political landscape in the West of Canada lead by a concern for the economic landscape. Concluding that the future is ominous and uncertain 5 $0.50

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Examines the question of does the West need Canada? Outlines a change in the key driver of the canadian economy to the western provinces 7 $0.70

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Details the history of confederation giving a firm background, the winning of the west, the initial failure, and the success with the wheat boom 24 $2.40

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Regarding Farmers in the prairies A close examination of the record shows that from the outset, the farmers’ agitations had more to do with senators than seasons, with railway charges than … 10 $1.00

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As the crisis of the 1880s unfolded in the West, the federal government, the CPR, and the private grain trade were taking the necessary steps to ensure the orderly and privately controlled export … 19 $1.90

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Details the rise of the working class in the west, separating the analysis of BC and Prairies, and showcasing the small victories that led to the rise 26 $2.60

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1930s, the unprepared farmers and works and the government response to the situation. Outlines the founding of social credit and the CCF 42 $4.20

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1940-1960. The slow construction of the modern welfare state, the economic crisis as a crisis of confederation, the CCF Social Credit and WWII 25 $2.50

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1960s absence of general economic diversification causes the west to open their provinces to virtually unrestricted resource development. 1970s, the resource economy is not working and the west … 40 $4.00

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Looks at the rise and fall of neo-liberal parties in Canada between 1982-1993, analyzes the neo-liberal impact on the west in terms of their diversification strategies and the jeopardizing of the … 65 $6.50

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Looks at the switch from left wing NDP and Liberal to right political standing in terms of the national context of canada. Analyzes the Harper election 37 $3.70

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Analyzes the four western provinces support of the reconstruction of the right and the consolidation of neo-liberal ideological hegemony among all political parties 66 $6.60

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Looks at the question: Can Canada survive as a federal state in the absence of a strong central government with national policies to balance the needs of all regions in a manner that heals wounds … 25 $2.50