Fonds 72-006 - Liberal Party of Canada. Harrison Conference fonds

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Liberal Party of Canada. Harrison Conference fonds

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  • 21 Nov. 1969-23 Nov. 1969 (Creation)
    Liberal Party of Canada

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13 cm of textual records

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The Liberal Party has dominated federal politics throughout the 20th century. The party first developed its formula for success under the leadership of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who was Prime Minister from 1896 to 1911. The party's ideologies developed from its position as the opposition in the 19th century and they are based on reform principles and the concept of responsible government. The Liberal Party has traditionally been anti-British in its policies and platforms unlike its Conservative counterpart. Notable Liberal leaders include Sir Wilfrid Laurier, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Lester B. Pearson, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau. (information taken from "The Canadian Encyclopedia," first edition, 1985)

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The fonds consists of records from the Harrison Liberal Conference from November 21-23, 1969 concerning Task Forces on Agriculture, Cities, Communications, the Economy, the Individual, Industrial Relations, International Relations, Poverty, Regional Development, and Student Unrest. The fonds also includes biographies of three of the speakers: E. Beecroft, D. Slater, B. Gross; and an address by John Turner (Hon.) to the Canadian Bar Association September 2, 1969.

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This fonds was donated from an unknown source


The fonds has been arranged into series according to task force

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Some of the Task Force papers are in French

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Associated materials are located at the National Archives of Canada and the Archives of Ontario.

For related records see: 72-002 and 72-005.

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  1. Task Force on Agriculture:
  • "Policy Considerations for Land and Water Use in Canadian Agriculture" (Travis W. Manning) - "Grain and Oil Seeds" (D.R. Knott) - "Agricultural Policy: The Role of Organization" (David Kirk)
  1. Task Force on the Cities:
  • "Expertise versus Participation: Who will Govern Canada's Cities" (James Lorimer) - "Presentation to the Task Force on Cities" (H. Parnass) - "There go our people .." (Colin Vaughan)
  1. Task Force on Communications:
  • "Communications Satellites and the Electrical Transmission of Intelligence through Telecommunications" (Robert Scrivener) - "Twelve Propositions concerning the Mass Media of Communication" (Thelma McMormack) - "A General Statement on Broadcasting with Emphasis on Satellites and Community Antennae Television Systems" (Laurent Picard) - "The Broadcast Satellite and Conservation of a Natural Resource" (K.H. Powers) - "The Social Implications of Satellite Communication" (Harley Parker)
  1. Task Force on the Economy:
  • "Economic Problems in Canada in the 1970's" (D.J. Daly) - "The Choice in Economic Policy-Buttresses of Blueprints?" (H.E. English) - "L'Etat et l'Economie" (Bernard Bonin) - "The Case for Social Economic Councils in Canada" (Arthur Lermer) - "Economic Problems Facing Canada in the 1970's" (C.S. Carter) - "The Individual and the State" (Eric J. Hanson)
  1. Task Force on the Individual:
  • "Rights of the Citizen" (Arthur Stone) - "The Criminal Sanction in the Just Society" (Paul C. Weiler) - "Civil Liberties in Flux: Assertion and Redefinition of the Rights of Man" (Walter S. Tarnopolsky) - "Law Reform and the Just Society" (A.M. Linden) - "Let's Transform the Law of Bail" (Sindney B. Linden, and Joel Goldenberg) - "The State and the Individual (Indian Affairs). The 'New Policy' - 'Panacea' or 'Put-On?' (Peter A. Cumming) - "The Sate and Individual" (James Robb)
  1. Task Force on Industrial Relations:
  • "Current Challenges facing Collective Bargaining" (J. Bell) - "Perspectives d'Evolution des Relations du travail" (Louis-Marie Tremblay) - "Le Role des Agents Libres dans une Societe Juste" (Jean Brunelle) - "L'Etat vu par le Secteur prive en relations du travail" (C. Perrault) - "Some Proposlas for a new Policy toward Collective Bargaining (A.E. Golden) - "A Critique of the Present System of Collective Bargaining and its Applicability to New Groups" (S.B. Goldenburg)
  1. Task Force on International Relations:
  • "Canada and the Alliance System" (J.W. Warnock) - "Thoughts on Canadian Foreign Policy - 1969" (P. Layton) - "Just Policies and the National Interest" (M. Cohen) - "Canada's Role in Long-Term Perspective" (S. Clarkson) - "Model for a New Course in Canadian Foreign Policy" (L. Herzman) - "Alternatives in Canadian Foreign and Defense Policy" (Mel Hurtig) - "Strategic Options in the 1970's" (Frank Marzari)
  1. Task Force on Poverty:
  • "The Canadian Public Assistance System" (S.G. Peitchinis) - "Selectivity or Universality? Income Support Alternatives for Families with Children" (J. Cutt) - "Education as Social Intervention in the Canadian Cycle of Poverty" (Tim Reid) - "Poverty - A Major Issue Confronting Canadians" (W.A. Head)
  1. Task Force on Regional Development:
  • "L'Etat at le Development Regional" (C. Jourdain) - "The Newfoundland Resettlement Program" (W.N. Rowe) - "Regional Development in Canada with specific Reference to the Atlantic Provinces" (Arthur Parks)
  1. Task Force on Student Unrest:
  • "Student Unrest" (D. Dunton) - "A Time and A Place to make a Stand" (Tom Bernes) - "Contestation et Partis Politiques sont Inconciliables" (J. Dalaire) - "The University and Society - Change or Revolution" (P. Johnston)

Miscellaneous Items

  • Biographies of Speakers to the Conference: Dr. Eric Beecroft, Dr. Daivd Slater, Professor Bertam Gross

  • Speech of the Honourable John N. Turner, delivered to the Canadian Barr Association annual meeting in Ottawa, 2 Sept 1969: "Twin Freedoms: The Right to Privacy and the Right to Know"

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