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Updated: 2022-05-16

Class Struggle, the Communist Party, and the Popular Front in Canada, 1935-1939

Document type Thesis
Author Schoots-McAlpine, Martin
Degree M.A., Canadian and Indigenous Studies
Publisher Trent University; Peterborough, Ont.
Date 2017
Pages v, 220 pages


This thesis is an attempt to provide a critical history of the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) during the Popular Front era, roughly November 1935 to September 1939. This study contains a detailed examination of the various stages of the Popular Front in Canada (the united front, the height of the Popular Front, and the Democratic front), with special attention paid to the CPC’s activities in: the youth movement, the labour movement, the unemployed movement, the peace movement, and the anti-fascist movement. From this I conclude that the implementation of the Popular Front, the transformation of the CPC from a revolutionary party to a bourgeois party, was not a smooth process, but instead was punctuated and resisted by elements within the CPC in what can be considered a process of class struggle internal to the CPC itself.