Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

Vancouver's 'Red Menace'of 1935: The Waterfront Situation

Document type Article
Author McCandless, Richard
Journal BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly
Date 1974
Pages 56-70


Focuses on the labour turmoil in Vancouver in 1935, in particular the communist/leftist-led strikes of relief camp workers and especially of longshoremen. Examines the hostility toward the strikers of the Vancouver mayor (who coined the term "red menace"), media coverage, and the employer-side Citizen's League. Argues that studies show that the rhetoric of red menace was greatly exaggerated and did not correspond to the reality of the workers' demands.