By Bryan Palmer

Rebellious early life, the chilly battle, New Left radicalism, Pierre Trudeau, purple energy, Quebec's demand Revolution, Marshall McLuhan: those are only many of the significant forces and figures that spring to mind on the slightest point out of the Sixties in Canada. concentrating on the foremost pursuits and personalities of the time, in addition to the lasting impression of the interval, Canada's 1960s examines the legacy of this rebellious decade's influence on modern notions of Canadian identification. Bryan D. Palmer demonstrates how after giant postwar immigration, new political events, and now and then violent protest, Canada may perhaps now not be considered within the outdated methods. nationwide identification, lengthy rooted in notions of Canada as a white settler Dominion of the North, marked profoundly via its origins as a part of the British Empire, had turn into unsettled.

Concerned with how Canadians entered the Sixties quite safe of their nationwide identities, Palmer explores the forces that contributed to the post-1970 uncertainty approximately what it really is to be Canadian. Tracing the importance of dissent and upheaval between adolescence, exchange unionists, collage scholars, local peoples, and Quebecois, Palmer exhibits how the Sixties ended the entrenched, nineteenth-century notions of Canada. The irony of this rebellious period, even though, was once that whereas it promised rather a lot within the method of switch, it didn't offer a brand new figuring out of Canadian nationwide identity.

A compelling and hugely available paintings of interpretive heritage, Canada's 1960s is the ebook of the last decade approximately an period many regard because the such a lot turbulent and important because the years of the nice melancholy and global warfare II.

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Prudence was valued in such circles, especially when some of the forecasts of national material well-being were anything but rosy. To further complicate matters, by the mid- to late 1950s and early 1960s Coyne, as head of the Bank of Canada, was treading ground no previous governor had even approached, clashing publicly with the minister of finance, issuing statements that many economists questioned and challenged, and facing an onslaught of allegations that the central bank’s Annual Reports misinformed and obfuscated fundamental matters, including basic data relating to the money supply.

From the doldrums of the later 1950s, to be sure, a number of economic indicators were on the rise. Yet unemployment clearly compromised economic well-being. Having improved somewhat from the late 1950s official rate of 8 per cent, it slipped back to that level in 1960 before beginning a new climb that was much commented on in 1961–2, having broken the 10 per cent level. Whatever peace existed on the employment front, as inadequate as it was, had been purchased with considerable (and chaotic) government spending on winter and other public works, housing grants, regional aid, vocational training, and infrastructure funding for universities.

The old ‘Chief’ got considerable mileage out of an off-the-cuff quip, delivered at a Trail, BC, gathering, as three Doukhobor women stripped naked and walked toward him to protest his policies. ’ But too often this homespun populism had worn thin, and Conservative rallies featuring the party leader saw breakdowns of the usual electoral decorousness in rude heckling that occasionally turned acrimonious to the point of riot. From east to west, Diefenbaker met resistance. On the benign side, the prime minister’s cavalcade was pelted with eggs after he addressed an overflow crowd at a Sydney, Nova Scotia, auditorium in early June.

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