CANADA: Prairie Socialism

North America's most comprehensive welfare state is the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan. In a flat wheatland more than twice the size of New Mexico, 907,000 scattered inhabitants share a tradition of help-the-other-fellow frontier radicalism that is as old as provincial incorporation 54 years ago. But most of Saskatchewan's social-welfare schemes have been concocted since 1944 by Canada's only socialist government, run by the ever-winning (four straight elections) Cooperative Commonwealth Federation party. Last week CCF Premier T. C. ("Tommy") Douglas dissolved his 53-seat legislature, in which the CCF has 36 of...

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