Vancouver Past: Essays on Social History by Robert A. J. McDonald, Jean Barman

By Robert A. J. McDonald, Jean Barman

Concentrating on Vancouver's social background, the essays written for this distinctive variation of BC reviews deal with hitherto overlooked components of the city's previous and convey new insights into how its citizens lived and labored. Receiving specific realization is the socio-economic and home constitution of Vancouver with one writer arguing that the city's financial system created an city operating type which used to be instantaneously extra complicated and politically extra conservative than that of the hugely polarized groups on Vancouver Island and within the inside.

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1 S. P. A. thesis, University of Victoria, 1974), p. 64. 2 J. A. Hobson, Canada To-day (London: T. F. Unwin, 1906), p. 32. 3 Martin Robin, The Rush for Spoils: The Company Province, 1871-1933 (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1972); essays by Stuart M. , Militancy in the British Columbia Labour Movement (Vancouver: The Institute of Industrial Relations, University of British Columbia, 1977), pp. 33 BG STUDIES, nos. 69-70, Spring-Summer 1986 34 BG STUDIES While agreeing that British Columbia's unstable resource economy accounts for working class militancy and radicalism, writers are less clear about Vancouver's role.

These files were later revised; the latter are hereafter cited as Strikes and Lockouts, RG27 (revised). 46 Strikes and Lockouts, RG27, Microfilm, Roll 3, file 3235. , C. , Evidence, 7 March 1913 [J. W. Wilkinson], vol. Ill, file 8, p. 180. 48 Quotations in last two sentences are from loc. cit. 48 BG STUDIES employers. 49 Workers contributed as much to the economy as capitalists. 51 Crucial to attaining this relationship with capital was the owners' recognition of trade unions, through which workers could voice their concerns and protect their interests.

Working Class Vancouver, 1886-1914 53 large companies could draw substitute workers. 59 Fraser River salmon canners had anticipated the Vancouver organization in the late nineties, establishing associations to lobby the federal government for favourable fish licensing arrangements and to control the price and production of salmon. C. 61 The Employers' Association proposed to return managerial power to the owners and representatives of capital. To achieve this goal they aimed to terminate "closed shop" agreements, thus opening unionized firms to both unorganized and organized workers.

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