File 11 - Vote Liberal leaflets.

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Vote Liberal leaflets.

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"William Lyon Mackenzie King had a long political career. He was leader of the Liberal Party for 29 eventful years through the buoyant expansion of the 1920s, the depression of the 1930s, the shock of World War II, and then the post-war reconstruction, and for 21 of these years he was Canada’s prime minister. His decisions during this time contributed significantly to the shaping of Canada and to its development as an influential middle power in world affairs. During his lifetime his achievements were sometimes obscured by a style notable for its compromises. After his death his political career was sometimes overshadowed by the revelation of his unsuspected personal idiosyncrasies."

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Political leaflets and handbills issued by several national associations across Canada, possibly preparing for the 1940 Canadian Federal Election.

  • Material issued by the Saskatchewan Liberal Association with title “National Defence”
  • Materials issued by the Twentieth Century Liberal Association of Canada titled “Liberal Youth in Action.”
  • Handbills issued by the National Liberal Federation titled:
    • “Clothing for the troops,” handbill No. 4.
    • “Canada foes to war,” handbill No. 5 .
    • “The belated discovery,” handbill No. 8.
    • “Dependents’ Allowances,” handbill No. 10.
  • Leaflets issued by the National Liberal Federation titled:
    • “Butter hits back,” leaflet No. 11.
    • “Lower taxes,” leaflet No. 14.
    • “Trade!” leaflet No. 15.
    • “Work!” leaflet No. 17.
    • “Balanced budgets,” leaflet No. 18, two copies.
    • “Railways,” leaflet No. 19.
    • “Dictatorship of freedom?” leaflet No. 20.
    • “Poverty or plenty-which?” leaflet No. 21.
    • “Reform,” leaflet No. 22.
    • “Lower tariffs,” leaflet No. 24.
    • “Why I am going to vote Liberal,” leaflet No. 25.
    • “Empire trade should mean world trade,” leaflet No. 26.
    • “What has Stevens done?” leaflet No. 27.

Some of the leaflets include stamps reading: “Vote Liberal,” “Vote for the Mackenzie King Candidate,” “Vote Fred Hoblitzell,” and “Egerton Lovering barrister, Liberal candidate Eglinton riding.” Contains bulletin “The reconstruction party,” issued in 1935.

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Pages are very fragile.

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Donated by Lorne Shields in 2021.


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Described by CGD in 2021.

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