THE CANADIAN LABOUR MONTHLY. An Organ of the Communist Party of Canada. Volume 1, Number 1, January, 1928.
by (Spector, Maurice; Buck, Tim; McLachlan, J.B.; Macdonald, Jack; Stalin, J.; Clarke, J.M.; and Vaara, A.)
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A RARE early Canadian Communist publication edited by Maurice Spector.
This periodical includes the following essays & articles: "Canada, the Empire and the War Danger" by Maurice Spector, "Our Divided Trade Union Movement" by Tim Buck, "What of the Labour Party" by Jack Macdonald, "The Farmers in 'Prosperity'" by J.M. Clarke, and "The Metal Miners of Northern Ontario" by A. Vaara.
Also included is the first English translation of Joseph Stalin's "Lenin - The Mountain Eagle", which had been omitted from the English translation of Stalin's book: "This incisive characterization of Lenin, the fourth anniversary of whose death is being commemorated by class-conscious workers the world over, is a chapter from Stalin's 'Theory and Practice of Leninism,' accidentally omitted from the English translation. It is published for the first time in this country".
The editor and author of one of the articles, Maurice Spector (1898-1968) was Chairman of the Communist Party of Canada. He also edited the party's newspaper "The Worker" through most of the 1920's. Spector was an early follower of Leon Trotsky after his split from the Communist International.
One of the leaders of the Stalin-era Communist International, Tim Buck (1891-1973) was general secretary of the Communist Party of Canada from 1929 to 1962.
The coal miner, union leader, and farmer James Bryson McLachlan (1869-1937) was also a journalist and contributed an article on the "Wage Scale Convention of District 26".
Scottish-born Jack MacDonald (b. 1888) was a member of the British Socialist Party and of the Scottish Social Democratic Federation. Immigrating to Toronto, he was a founding member of the Communist Party of Canada. Ironically, MacDonald supported the expulsion of Maurice Spector for Trotskyism in 1928 and was subsequently expelled himself after being accused of being a Lovestoneite (a supporter of Bukharin's Right Opposition). He reconciled with Spector and, in 1932, joined the Toronto branch of the International Left Opposition (Trotskyist) Canada.
J.M. Clarke was editor of "The Furrow", the Communist Party's farmer's magazine.
Aaro Vaara was arrested for sedition in 1927 after writing dismissively about the Royal Family in a Finnish-language newspaper published in Sudbury, Ontario. At the time, Sudbury was the center of nickel mining and smelting and is said to have resembled nothing less than Dante's Inferno. Mostly French Canadians and immigrant labor (particularly from Finland) worked the mines and few spoke English.
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- THE CANADIAN LABOUR MONTHLY. An Organ of the Communist Party of Canada. Volume 1, Number 1, January, 1928.
- (Spector, Maurice; Buck, Tim; McLachlan, J.B.; Macdonald, Jack; Stalin, J.; Clarke, J.M.; and Vaara, A.)
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- Toronto, Ontario: The Workers' Publishing Association, 1928.
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- LABOR; CANADIANA; AMERICANA; THE CANADIAN LABOUR MONTHLY; AN ORGAN OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CANADA; PERIODICAL; MAGAZINE; WORKERS' PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION; TORONTO; TWENTIETH CENTURY; 20TH CENTURY; COMMUNISM; TROTSKY; MAURICE SPECTOR; TIM BUCK; J..B.
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