Canada at War: SASKATCHEWAN: Entering Wedge?

Lenin advocated cooperatives as an entering wedge of socialism. Last week Saskatchewan's first socialist (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) government introduced a bill creating Saskatchewan's first Department of Cooperatives. Its job: to foster and develop cooperative enterprises.

Ex-Premier William John Patterson, Liberal, who did not know his Lenin, attacked the C.C.F. for confusing "socialism and cooperation by making them appear synonymous." Then he and his fellow Liberals voted with the C.C.F. for the new bill. This was smart politics, for nowhere in Canada are cooperatives so popular and successful as in Saskatchewan, where 1,000 societies with 250,000 members own and operate their...

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