A report on M. J. Coldwell

Canadian democratic socialist politician, and leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) party from 1942 to 1960.

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Douglas in 1945

Tommy Douglas

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Scottish-born Canadian politician who served as seventh premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961 and Leader of the New Democratic Party from 1961 to 1971.

Scottish-born Canadian politician who served as seventh premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961 and Leader of the New Democratic Party from 1961 to 1971.

Douglas in 1945
The Leader-Post announces the CCF victory, 1944
Douglas, c. 1971
The Greatest Canadian, a statue depicting Douglas created by Lea Vivot and installed along the riverfront boardwalk in Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Douglas was awarded many honorary degrees, and a foundation was named for him and his political mentor M. J. Coldwell in 1971.

CCF founding meeting, Calgary, 1932

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation

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Federal democratic socialist The following sources describe the CCF as a democratic socialist political party:

Federal democratic socialist The following sources describe the CCF as a democratic socialist political party:

CCF founding meeting, Calgary, 1932
Federal CCF Caucus, in 1942 with new leader M.J. Coldwell. Left to right, Tommy Douglas, George Castleden, Angus MacInnis, Coldwell, Clarie Gillis, Joe Noseworthy, Sandy Nicholoson, and Percy Wright.
Four past and future National Chairmen in September 1944: National CCF delegation attending the Conference of Commonwealth Labour Parties in London, England. Pictured from left to right: Clarie Gillis, MP for Cape Breton South; David Lewis, National Secretary; M. J. Coldwell, National Leader, MP for Rosetown—Biggar; Percy E. Wright, MP for Melfort; and Frank Scott, national chairman.
"Towards the Dawn!" – a 1930s promotional image from Saskatchewan

Instead, the delegates created the new position of Honorary President, abolished the President's position and re-elected M. J. Coldwell as the National Chairman.

Saskatchewan New Democratic Party

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Social-democratic political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Social-democratic political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

"Towards the Dawn!" – 1930s promotional image for Saskatchewan's Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
Dwain Lingenfelter, announcing his candidacy for the NDP leadership

During that event the UFC met with the Independent Labour Party, led by M.J. Coldwell, to discuss their options.

Insignia of a Member of the Order of Canada

Order of Canada

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Canadian national order and the second-highest honour for merit in the system of orders, decorations, and medals of Canada, after the Order of Merit.

Canadian national order and the second-highest honour for merit in the system of orders, decorations, and medals of Canada, after the Order of Merit.

Insignia of a Member of the Order of Canada
Lorne Michaels wearing a Member's lapel pin during a formal event
The coat of arms of David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada and Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, displaying the order's motto and insignia
Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada and Sovereign of the Order of Canada, invests Jules Léger as a Companion of the order at Rideau Hall, August 1973
Seal of the Order of Canada
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, wearing at the neck the insignia of a Companion of the Order of Canada. Philip originally declined an honorary appointment to the Order of Canada, feeling the offer implied he was a foreigner to Canada. In April 2013, he accepted appointment as the first extraordinary Companion.
Henry Morgentaler (right), with Jack Layton (left); Morgentaler's appointment was one of the most controversial in the history of the Order of Canada

The association was officially launched on 1 July 1967, the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, with Governor General Roland Michener being the first inductee to the order, to the level of Companion, and on 7 July of the same year, 90 more people were appointed, including former Governor General Vincent Massey, former Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent, novelist Hugh MacLennan, religious leader David Bauer, novelist Gabrielle Roy, historian Donald Creighton, feminist politician and future senator Thérèse Casgrain, pioneering neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield, painter Arthur Lismer, public health leader Brock Chisholm, former political leader M. J. Coldwell, disability advocate Edwin Baker, painter Alex Colville, and ice hockey superstar Maurice Richard.

Lewis in 1944

David Lewis (Canadian politician)

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Canadian labour lawyer and social democratic politician.

Canadian labour lawyer and social democratic politician.

Lewis in 1944
Federal Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) delegation attending the September 1944 Conference of Commonwealth Labour Parties in London, England . Pictured from left to right: Clarie Gillis, MP for Cape Breton South; David Lewis, National Secretary; M.J. Coldwell, National Leader, MP for Rosetown—Biggar, Percy E. Wright, MP for Melfort; and Frank Scott, National Chairman.

Most of the founders of the CCF – including Woodsworth, Tommy Douglas, M. J. Coldwell, and Stanley Knowles, – were informed by the Social Gospel, to which Lewis, with his Marxist socialism balanced by the Bund's democratic principles, felt an affinity.

Hazen Argue

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Canadian politician who served in the House of Commons and the Senate.

Canadian politician who served in the House of Commons and the Senate.

Party leader M. J. Coldwell lost his seat, and the CCF parliamentary caucus chose Argue as their House Leader.

Prairie Giant

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CBC Television miniseries first aired in two consecutive parts on March 12 and March 13, 2006.

CBC Television miniseries first aired in two consecutive parts on March 12 and March 13, 2006.

Aidan Devine - M.J. Coldwell

1934 Saskatchewan general election

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Held on June 19, 1934, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

Held on June 19, 1934, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

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Douglas–Coldwell Foundation

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Left-wing Canadian think tank devoted, in the words of its slogan, to "promoting education and research into social democracy."

Left-wing Canadian think tank devoted, in the words of its slogan, to "promoting education and research into social democracy."

The Foundation was named for and inspired by Tommy Douglas, the first federal leader of the New Democratic Party from 1961 to 1971, and M. J. Coldwell, leader of its predecessor Co-operative Commonwealth Federation from 1942 to 1960.