J.S. Woodsworth

Topics: New Democratic Party, Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, Canadian federal election, 1935 Pages: 2 (520 words) Published: May 4, 2008
J. S. Woodsworth

J.S. Woodsworth was regularly active politics throughout his life, he dreamed of changing politics to help immigrants, farmers, the unemployed and the elderly. James Shaver Woodsworth changed politics in Canada forever. Throughout his life he created the CCF, founded the Regina Manifesto, created social welfare, changed the immigration policy and created the labour movement.

The CCF was J.S. Woodsworth most successful accomplishment. “Over the years, both Liberals and Conservatives adopted policies first proposed by the CCF…” Even though things didn’t change instantly Liberals and Conservatives began to like many of Woodsworth’s and the CCF’s ideas. After a slow start, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) changed its name and became one of the three main political parties in Canada. “The NDP was created in 1961 as a merger of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the Canadian Labour Congress.” The CCF was falling apart and along with changing the name came people who decided to stick with the old one. Eventually they turned over to the NDP or turned to another political party. From a few men hoping to make a political difference, now the NDP has become a large part of history “Today the new democratic party is still active in Canadian political life, in both federal and provincial governments.”

Another great thing that came out of the CCF was the Regina Manifesto. “The goal of the Regina Manifesto was to eradicate the system of capitalism and replace it with a completely planned economy of socialism.” It called for a planned economy which means that the government will manage the economy. “We aim to replace the present capitalist system, with its inherent injustice and inhumanity, by a social order from which the domination and exploitation of one class by another will be eliminated, in which economic planning will supersede unregulated private enterprise and competition, and in which genuine democratic...
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