An ethnic coalition: the Liberal Party of Canada and the engagement of ethnocultural communities, 1959-1974

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dc.contributor.author Falconer, Thirstan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-30T21:11:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-11-30
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8821
dc.description.abstract During the 1960s and 1970s the Liberal Party of Canada sought to engage ethnocultural communities in an effort to win federal elections. The author argues that the Liberal Party’s relationship with ethnocultural communities in Metro Toronto during the 1960s was characterized by indifference. Though it adopted a programme that encouraged the courting of ethnocultural communities, the Pearson-led Liberal Party showed limited interest in recognizing ethnocultural communities as a part of the party’s electoral coalition. The efforts of Andrew Thompson, the Liberal Party’s Ethnic Liaison Officer during the Pearson years, were separated from the rest of party’s organization and campaign structure. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau ended Pearson’s lost decade and strengthened party bonds with ethnocultural communities. Trudeau welcomed ethnocultural communities to the Liberal Party, declared Canada as multicultural, and distributed patronage to leaders of non-English and non-French communities. This dissertation differentiates between groups and categories, and critically analyzes how people and organizations do things with categories. This dissertation argues that Thompson and the Liberal Party grouped ethnocultural communities as “ethnic groups” and “ethnic voters” in order to simplify diverse and unbounded peoples they did not understand. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject Political History en_US
dc.subject Liberal Party of Canada en_US
dc.subject Ethnicity en_US
dc.subject Multiculturalism en_US
dc.subject History en_US
dc.subject Andrew Thompson en_US
dc.title An ethnic coalition: the Liberal Party of Canada and the engagement of ethnocultural communities, 1959-1974 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Bryden, Penny
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2019-10-27

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