Labour Studies Index

Organized labour and the constitutional question

Document type Thesis
Author Savage, Larry
Degree Ph.D., Political Science
Publisher York University; Toronto
Date 2006
Pages 301
URL https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item?id=NR29523&op=pdf&app=Library

Abstract

This dissertation examines Canada's constitutional question through the lens of the labour movements in both English Canada and Quebec. The existence of two distinct labour movements in Canada has meant that political struggles that have typified national politics are also in evidence in labour politics. The sovereignty-association partnership agreement between the Canadian Labour Congress and the Quebec Federation of Labour provides a good example of the pervasiveness of this dynamic and discourse. The dissertation examines this relationship specifically, and the constitutional politics of labour organizations in English Canada and Quebec, more generally, with a view to explaining how Canada's constitutional questions have been reflected in the politics of organized labour.